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Two international companies coming to Mecklenburg County will hire nearly 150 people

Yokohama, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based tire manufacturer The Yokohama Rubber Co., will establish a research and development facility in Cornelius.
Yokohama, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based tire manufacturer The Yokohama Rubber Co., will establish a research and development facility in Cornelius. Courtesy of Lake Norman Economic Development

Two international companies are expanding in Mecklenburg County and will bring with them a combined nearly 150 jobs.

Yokohama, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based tire manufacturer The Yokohama Rubber Co., will spend $5.85 million to establish a research and development facility in Cornelius, where it will take on 56 new jobs, according to a statement Tuesday from the Charlotte Chamber.

Yokohama makes tires for high-performance vehicles, trucks, cars, buses and mining and construction vehicles.

“Cornelius is a great fit for our company,” said Tetsuya Kuze, vice president of Yokohama Corporation of North Carolina. “The proximity to the airport and the skilled workforce is going to make this facility very successful.”

Kurz — a German company that manufactures coatings used to decorate, label and protect surfaces and prevent counterfeiting — will build its North American headquarters on Patterson Road in Huntersville, where it will spend more than $18 million to hire 90 employees by 2022.

Kurz's will be looking for high-paying manufacturing positions "while also sending the message to other international firms that this is the place to do business,” Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan said in the statement.

It is unclear whether incentives were involved in either company's hiring plans.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta
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