In conjunction with the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), System Logistics Corporation (SLC), the American operations of System Logistics SpA (Italy), announced today plans to invest $3 million in its Asheville operations. This project expansion will sustain 124 jobs with an average wage of $34.61 per hour, and create 47 additional jobs with an average wage of $32.17 per hour. The investments will be in facility renovation and adding new technology and machinery. The new positions will include opportunities in software/PLC, project management, sales, engineering, production and management. Starting pay for any job at System Logistics Corporation is a minimum of $15/hour.
System Logistics is a leading global supplier of innovative intra-logistics and material handling solutions for the warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing operations worldwide who are looking to optimize their supply chain. With a special focus on the food and beverage industry, System Logistics develops tailor-made solutions of automated storage and picking for their customers, which include automated guided vehicles, stacker cranes, material handling, software and services. Most of the technologies they use are fully developed, engineered, produced and installed in-house by System Logistics employees. Therefore, they have complete mastery of the process.
System Logistics is part of Krones Group, the worldwide market and technology leader for processing and packaging automation in the food and beverage sector with a workforce of over 14,000 employees across the globe and a net revenue of over $4 billion USD. Of that, System Logistics’ annual revenue is over $260 million, 25 percent of which is generated in the US.
The Asheville site leadership attributes the expansion initiative to a growing market demand for automated warehousing solutions and a competitive advantage of the Asheville area workforce with demonstrated expertise in engineering and software technology.
“We are very pleased to continue expanding our operations in Asheville, North Carolina,” said Stefano Vitale, SLC CEO & President. “Since System Logistics Corporation moved to Arden in 2017, we have been able to grow significantly thanks to the favorable conditions found in Buncombe County and for being able to attract excellent talent. We are pleased to call Arden home. A very special thanks goes to the authorities of Buncombe County and to the Economic Development Coalition for their support and partnership in this ongoing process.”
“System Logistics offers high-wage, high-tech, professional job opportunities to our residents. We applaud the continued investment in technology, innovation and people at the regional headquarters here in Arden,” Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Brownie Newman said. “This investment strengthens the county’s tax base, helping fund the services and infrastructure critical to the quality of life in our community.”
“Investment in high-tech, advanced manufacturing companies like System Logistics is key to the sustained economic growth of Western North Carolina,” stated EDC Board Chair Michael Meguiar. “Our ability to support these industries will build a strong foundation for this and future generations.”
Partners in the expansion include Buncombe County, the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the North Carolina Community College System.
For more information about the company, visit www.systemlogistics.com/usa/.
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