Gov. Pat McCrory Tuesday announced the creation of a new assistant commerce secretary for manufacturing.
McCrory said the post was designed to be an advocate for manufacturing within state government policy circles.
Appearing at the Emerging Issues Forum in which manufacturing was the key topic, McCrory said his administration will emphasize fostering manufacturing in the state as part of its efforts to reduce the state's high unemployment rate.
He noted that his father, a mechanical engineer, moved to North Carolina to work for a manufacturing plant.
The move was hailed by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
“North Carolina's manufacturing sector is critical to our state economy,” said Lew Ebert, the chamber's president and CEO. “In fact, manufacturing remains the leading contributor to North Carolina's gross domestic product and provides good-paying jobs to more than 10 percent of our state's work force.''