Perfect weather and a celebratory atmosphere characterized the Project Gridiron announcement in Holly Ridge on Thursday. Kenny Flowers (Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Rural Development) named the biggest announcement for Onslow County in over 40 years: UPS will build a nearly $12.4M facility in Camp Davis at Holly Ridge.

UPS Announcement

L-R: JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland; Assistant Secretary of Commerce Kenny Flowers; UPS Director of Public Affairs Jeff Wafford; Town of Holly Ridge Mayor Jeff Wenzel; Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Foster.

This new UPS facility will create 98 new jobs, with average salaries of $67,657—much higher than the current average Onslow County wage. UPS also offers great benefit packages including 401(K), healthcare and education assistance.

The economic impacts of Project Gridiron for Onslow County and the Town of Holly Ridge are substantial:

Many entities deserve credit for bringing this project to fruition, and demonstrate our belief that Economic Development is a team sport:

  • Town of Holly Ridge
  • C. Department of Commerce
  • C. General Assembly
  • Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Community College System
  • GoldenLEAF Foundation
  • Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development
  • Duke Energy