RPA Member Otto Environmental Systems to expand in Charlotte

Otto Environmental Systems North America Inc. will expand its plastics-manufacturing facility in Charlotte, creating 32 jobs and investing $7 million during the next three years.

The injection-molding company supplies the waste, automotive and material-handling industries, among others. Otto Environmental Systems opened its local plant in 1988. The facility, on General Drive in southwest Charlotte, has more than 330 employees.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will exceed $1.2 million.

The company will receive a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $48,000. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. The fund was set up to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create jobs in the state.

“My administration is working to ensure manufacturing continues to be a growth engine for North Carolina,” says Gov. Pat McCrory. “Partnering with companies like Otto Environmental Systems will help us increase the number of ‘Made in North Carolina’ labels around the country and globe.”

The company evaluated expanding other facilities, but “after considering all options, North Carolina came out on top,” says Robert Engle, chief executive of Otto Environmental Systems. “North Carolina is a business-friendly state, and the Secretary of Commerce does a wonderful job working with companies.”