More revealed on American Racing Headers’ relocation to Stanfield

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Long Island-based American Racing Headers plans to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing facility to Stanfield, adding 63 jobs and $4.375 million in real property improvements, machinery and equipment within the next five years.

Public hearings for local incentives were conducted on April 1 for the Town of Stanfield and Monday for Stanly County. The goal of local incentives is to encourage new investment and induce job creation. The facility will locate at the Riverstone Industrial Park on Brown’s Hill Road in Stanfield.

American Racing Headers is a manufacturer of high performance header and exhaust systems. For more than 12 years, it has been the tier one supplier for GM, Ford and Fiat/Chrysler’s drag race program.

“ARH is a family run business now in its 15th year. Our upcoming move from New York to the Charlotte area has been years in the making. Nothing makes us happier than continuing to grow our company while being an active participant in the economic growth of a region so rich with racing history,” said Nick Filippides, president of American Racing Headers.

“We are thrilled to see American Racing Headers relocate to Stanly County and join the Charlotte Region’s robust community of automotive manufacturers. Our region is a hub not only for automotive assembly and machining operations but also innovative industry as a whole. Their presence here strengthens our diverse supply chain network and furthers the opportunities and resources available to our community’s talented workforce,” said Janet LaBar, CEO and president of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

The Stanly County Economic Development Commission and Stanly County Board of Commissioners extend gratitude to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Town of Stanfield, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Rural Infrastructure Authority, Gov. Roy Cooper, North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Department of Commerce and the North Carolina Community College System for their support.

“We welcome this company and its associates to be located in Riverstone Industrial Park. This kind of investment is great news for our county and it will lead the way to further expansion in Riverstone Industrial Park,” said Bill Lawhon, chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

“This is fantastic news — new jobs and opportunities for folks in the Stanfield community,” added Stanfield Mayor Kevin Barbee.

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