Corning Opens Fiber Optic Cable Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina
By adding manufacturing capacity, Corning aims to help ensure reliable supply for its customers as it addresses growing demand for optical fiber and cable.
Corning Inc. has formally opened its new cable manufacturing facility in Newton, N.C., in the latest expansion of its Optical Communications business to meet growing worldwide demand for optical fiber and cable. The facility, which will employ more than 200 people, is part of Corning’s previously announced plan to invest more than $250 million in its optical fiber, cable and solutions manufacturing facilities. In North Carolina, Corning is expanding its fiber manufacturing facility near Concord and its cable facilities in Winston-Salem and Hickory, in addition to opening the Newton plant. By adding manufacturing capacity, Corning aims to help ensure reliable supply for its customers as it addresses growing demand for optical fiber and cable. The demand stems from the worldwide growth in bandwidth requirements as the number of connected devices increases dramatically.
“Network operators around the world are challenged to meet exploding demand for high-speed connectivity and data storage,” said Clark S. Kinlin, executive vice president of Corning Optical Communications. “We are adding this cable capacity to help ensure reliable supply of the world’s highest performing optical cable in a growing market. This world-class facility was commissioned in record time, a feat that would not have been possible without our long-serving Catawba County employees, or the support of state and local leaders here in North Carolina.”
Corning celebrated the opening of the new plant with a ribbon-cutting attended by local officials. “Catawba County is proud of our long and productive association with Corning, one of the world’s technology leaders,” said C. Randall Isenhower, chairman of the Catawba Board of County Commissioners. “We’re delighted that Corning is building on the success of its Hickory cable plant with this new facility in Newton, adding hundreds of high-quality advanced manufacturing jobs to the local economy.”
“Corning and the local community are turning a new page together, and it’s good news for all of us,” said Anne P. Stedman, mayor of Newton. “Next time you stream a video on your mobile phone, remember that it’s made possible by Corning technology—and Corning workers here in our community.”
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