CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nearly 1,300 high-paying jobs are coming to the Queen City. The Fortune 500 company "Sealed Air" announced it's moving its headquarters to Charlotte.
"The largest Fortune 500 corporate relocation in Charlotte's history, ever. It is huge," said Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan.
And so was the announcement Wednesday morning, when Governor Pat MCrory said they aggressively pursued and landed the Sealed Air Headquarters, creating nearly 13-hundred new jobs in the Queen city.
"Charlotte is a great headquarters city in recruiting talent, in having transportation infrastructure and having the quality of life where Jerome is moving here," said NC Governor, Pat McRory.
Jerome, being the CEO Jerome Peribere, says with tax incentives being a factor and relocating employees and their families, they needed a city with the whole package.
"The fact that it is cost of living is affordable, schooling is good, the airport is international," said Peribere.
In fact, Peribere says Charlotte Douglas was a huge factor for the packaging company who protects and seals everything from food to children's toys and plans on a building a whole new campus to support the new staff in the south charlotte airport area.
"We have manufacturing locations all around the world. We have 120 manufacturing locations so we need to be able to be in and out," said Peribere.
Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan says they've spent the past decade building Charlotte on a headquarters platform.
"It begins with the airport and access we enjoy with the airport. It's investments we've made with professional sports and cultural facilities and education and roads and transit," said Morgan.
Governor McCrory says he pushed local workforce hard.
"That was one of our major selling points, is talent will want to come to North Carolina and we've got some great universities in the area"
McCrory says this is just the latest victory to bring millions of state and local tax dollars to the area.
"Yesterday I said this part of the Carolina comeback and Charlotte is help leading that comeback for the whole state," said McRory.
The average pay for the jobs is around $100,000. They expect employees to start relocating early next year, and the new campus should be complete in two years.