SPX Corp., a global maker of HVAC equipment based in Charlotte, plans to open a small operation in Pilot Mountain by Sept. 30, according to the Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc.

The company will lease the former Elastrix building, also known as the Intex building, at 523 S. Stephens St.

SPX spokesman Paul Clegg said the facility will have at least 10 employees. Clegg said SPX chose the Pilot Mountain facility after a lease ran out of a facility in Pennsylvania.

“We looked around for where we wanted to move the operation, and Pilot Mountain and the Surry County area came up high on our radar,” Clegg said. “We liked the location relative to our customer base and the quality labor pool … and it’s easy for us to get to.”

SPX has operations in 15 countries with annual revenue of $1.4 billion. It supplies infrastructure equipment with scalable growth platforms in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions. It has about 5,000 employees worldwide.

"There are a number of positions open, mostly shop floor, equipment operation and maintenance," Clegg said. "We ask that anyone interested visit the facility between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the facility."

Todd Tucker, the partnership’s president said SPX "will not employ a lot of people, but it is a good Fortune 1000 company that will bring some life back into a vacant building and invest in our community."

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