Sanctuary Systems, an N.C. State start-up, to open PPE facility in N.C.

Posted December 15, 2020


FREMONT, N.C. – Sanctuary Systems, LLC, a developer and marketer of fiber technology and nonwoven materials for health and medical, filtration and thermal insulation products, will create 118 jobs at a new facility in the Town of Fremont, local officials announced.


The project will bring a capital investment of $4.9 million to Wayne County.


Sanctuary Systems, an N.C. State University start-up company, develops specialty fibers and nonwoven materials for applications in markets that include consumer products, beauty products, apparel, filtration products, acoustics and health and medical products. Among its products are high-quality face coverings and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Sanctuary Systems is working on the development of various mask types for both professional PPE, in addition to everyday use face coverings, according to Stephen Sharp, the company’s chief technology officer.


"We are very excited to welcome Sanctuary Systems, LLC to Wayne County," said N.C. House Majority Leader John Bell. "This project is a big deal for our local economy. It will bring good jobs and critical new investments to our region. I want to thank everyone who helped make it happen."


"This is great news for Wayne County, and our economic development team has done a great job getting this wrapped up," N.C. Senator Jim Perry said. "These jobs are impactful on the economy in rural North Carolina. We appreciate adding Sanctuary Systems as a corporate citizen and for the impact these jobs will have on our economy."


Sanctuary Systems will add a variety of positions with this expansion, including machine operators, tenders and setters, salespersons, production and administrative support. Salaries for the new positions will average $41,000. Wayne County's current overall average wage of $38,401. The company's new presence will create $4.84 million in annual payroll impact for the community.


"We saw tremendous opportunity for our new operation in Fremont and Wayne County, and are excited to work with these communities," said Dr. Harry Barnes, owner and president of the company. "The support from the Town of Fremont, Wayne County, North Carolina's Southeast Region, and the Department of Commerce has been wonderful. We look forward to growing jobs and further investment at our new location."


In addition to local benefits, the company will receive a grant from the state's Building Reuse Program. Earlier today, the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approved Wayne County's request for $500,000 in funds to support the reuse of a 60,000-square-foot building in Fremont.


"Despite the pandemic, our department's Rural Economic Development Division and the RIA have worked closely with local leaders this year to successfully facilitate opportunities for economic growth," said N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland. "With the projects approved today, rural areas of North Carolina have new resources to help attract jobs, support business expansions and prepare sites for future development."


"This existing announcement was the result of a team effort," said Mark Pope, president of the

Wayne County Development Alliance. "I want to thank the North Carolina Department of

Commerce, EDPNC, the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community

College System, Wayne County, the N.C. Southeast, Duke Energy, the North Carolina Global TransPark Economic Development Region and Wayne Community College for their support of what this company is doing in Wayne County."


Source: Wayne County Development Alliance, Inc.

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