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December 20, 2018


CATAWBA, N.C. - Catawba County, the Town of Catawba, and the Catawba County EDC announced today that Shurtape Technologies, LLC, an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of adhesive tape and consumer home and office products, will construct a new distribution and future manufacturing facility in the Town of Catawba.  The Company plans to invest $31.4 million and create 100 new jobs at this location over a four-year period. 

It is envisioned this facility will become the Company’s largest distribution center, serving the Southeastern region of the United States.  The Company expects to expand the facility in 2022 with the addition of manufacturing capabilities to support the continued growth of the business.  

“When our growth plans called for additional manufacturing and distribution space in the Southeast, Shurtape evaluated several potential locations,” said Stephen Shuford, CEO, Shurtape Industrial Group. “The Catawba site offered the most compelling overall combination of skilled workers, access to key shipping lanes and a supportive business climate. We are excited about continuing our legacy of investment in the NC foothills region.”

“I’m proud to announce this wonderful project in eastern Catawba County and am grateful to Shurtape, state, and local leaders for their efforts to develop this project and create these jobs,” said N.C. Representative Mitchell Setzer.

“Shurtape’s influence on Catawba County stretches back five generations to 1880, when Abel Alexander Shuford opened the yarn mill that eventually became Shuford Mills,” notes Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Isenhower.  “The Shurtape story is an outstanding example of the homegrown entrepreneurship Catawba County is known for as a community of makers and doers. We appreciate the Shuford family’s role in our history and congratulate them as they continue to invest in Catawba County.”

“The Town of Catawba has been proud to be home to Shurtape’s current distribution center and is excited to see them expand their presence here,” says Donald Robinson, Mayor of the Town of Catawba.  “We look forward to working with them as they build their new facility and create new opportunities for the people of the Town of Catawba, Catawba County, and beyond.”

“You really can’t talk about Catawba County without talking about Shurtape and the Shuford family,” adds Catawba EDC Chair Robin Nicholson.  “Catawba County is an ideal location for distribution, being bisected by I-40 and US Highway 321 and in very close proximity to I-77 and I-85.  We look forward to working with Shurtape as they build this new facility and continue to grow in Catawba County.”

Local incentives are expected to be considered for the project in open session by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and the Catawba Town Council in January.

About Shurtape Technologies, LLC:
Based in Hickory, N.C., Shurtape Technologies, LLC, is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of adhesive tape and consumer home and office products, with facilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Peru, United Arab Emirates and China. Together, our subsidiaries serve numerous markets, including DIY, home products, industrial/MRO, building and construction, electrical, packaging, HVAC/insulation, professional paint, automotive, marine, aerospace, arts and entertainment, graphic arts, sound control, medical and retail. Learn more at

Media Contacts:
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
Scott Millar


237 new jobs promised for Catawba County
 (Hickory Daily Record)
Two projects to bring 230 jobs, almost $50M in investment to region (Charlotte Business Journal)
Governor Cooper announces 237 new manufacturing jobs in Catawba County (NC Governor's Office)
Adhesives manufacturer expanding in Catawba County, adding 100 new jobs (NC Department of Commerce)
Shurtape Technologies expands operations in Catawba County, North Carolina (Area Development Online(


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