The expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs with wages exceeding the average in Catawba County, according to a press release.

The initial announcement happened in December, but the public hearing process will take place in April and May, Director of Existing Industry Services for the Economic Development Corporation Nathan Huret said.

Catawba County will hold its public hearing to discuss economic incentives April 17, and the City of Claremont will hold their hearings in May, Huret said.

The expansion will allow the company to manufacture and produce materials, which have been purchased from overseas suppliers, he said.

“Prysmian’s expansion will continue to restore fiber optical operations that were previously discontinued in 2003.  The project builds from a pilot phase that was successfully completed in 2015, with new state-of-the-art pre-form and fiber drawing operations and will reach full capability within three years,” according to a press release. 

The public hearing for Catawba County is open to residents wishing to speak for or against the agreement between the county and Prysmian. The hearing is April 17 at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton