May 6, 2013

In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity, today announced the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Fairview, N.C. with a $1.68 million investment in facilities and equipment. TE’s investment in the Fairview facility will bring 40 new positions in engineering, production and operations to the county.  The company, which has been in Buncombe County since 1979, currently employs around 200 people in its Fairview plant and plans to add to its employee base at this location as part of the overall facility expansion.

  TE’s Fairview facility produces a variety of relays and electronic switches for the Aerospace, Defense and Marine business unit of the company.  With a large global footprint, TE provides engineering, product design, manufacturing and support for customers in the world’s leading industries and has 35 manufacturing facilities in the Americas.

 “We are honored to bring this additional investment to Buncombe County.  We owe this success to the strength of our local team.  It’s a credit to our experienced and devoted workforce that we have been able to grow for the past 35 years in this community and to develop the capabilities here to compete on a global scale,” said Doug Sarver, Senior Director of Operations, Aerospace, Defense and Marine business unit, TE Connectivity. 

TE has developed a committed local employee base, with an average length of employment of 17 years at the Fairview location, many of whom boast more than 25 years of service.  ISO 9001 and AS 9100c certifications demonstrate a companywide commitment to the highest standards of quality and consistency.

 “We are humbled by the long-time commitment from TE Connectivity and appreciate this company’s partnership to grow jobs for the families and future generations of Buncombe County,” said David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. 

 “We congratulate TE Connectivity on this announcement. The facility expansion and new employment opportunities further confirm the value of advanced manufacutring to our region, which continues to grow and create valuable jobs in Western North Carolina,” said EDC Chairman Paul Szurek.

For more information on TE and employment opportunities, please visit www.TE.com.

        The EDC for Asheville-Buncombe Countyis a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign.

        The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a 2,000+ member organization representing 86,000 employees.  Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of increasing the region’s livability by advancing its economic vitality.  The Asheville Chamber works diligently to ensure that Asheville continues to prosper while also protecting the natural beauty of the area.  In 2006, the Chamber moved to a new location and is now home to the 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes 200,000 visitors per year.

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL)is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit: www.TE.com.