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Welcome to Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development

The Mission of JOED is to stimulate, encourage and promote economic development in Onslow County and its municipalities. We strive to accomplish this through the recruitment of new business and investment, the creation of new jobs and assisting in the retention and expansion of our existing business and industry.

Featured Property

New Industrial Shell Building Coming Soon


Chairman Ed Garris is delighted to inform you that the Onslow County Board of Commissioners, at their October 3rd meeting, voted to award the contract for the construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. industrial shell building in the amount of $1,424,924 to Pro Construction, Inc. and to authorize the Chairman of the Board to execute the contract documents on behalf of the County.  JOED has pledged $250,000 towards the project from our Reserves, made possible by the JOED Investors.

The JOED Building & Sites Committee and staff will be engaged in the construction of the building, estimated completion date is April 2017.

Please express your appreciation and support to our Commissioners for their active participation in the economic growth of Onslow County and their partnership enjoyed by JOED.

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Existing Industry Spotlight

Mine Safety Appliances

Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) has been one of Jacksonville’s longest serving employers. Located at 352 White Street, MSA moved into one of the community’s first publicly constructed buildings by the economic development office. Back in 1979, MSA considered Jacksonville, NC because of its location and workforce. However, it was the existing building that guaranteed the expansion. As plant manager Joey Carter often tells people, “While there are not a large number of manufacturers in Jacksonville/Onslow County, many of those that are here came because there was a building available.” What started as a 43,000 square foot facility has expanded to over 100,000 square feet, making it one of the largest industrial buildings in Onslow County. 

Known as The Safety Company, MSA has been developing, manufacturing, and supplying sophisticated safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures around the world. At the Jacksonville location, MSA produces respiratory and fall protection products as well as Cairns fire helmets. Their product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining, and the military.  


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