Corporate expansion plans to bring jobs to ENC city

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – As you drive down 10th Street in Greenville, you may have noticed that the Intersect East sign has a new touch, and by the end of this year, you’ll see many cars pulling in and out of the innovation hub as Hyster Yale expands.

“About June 2022 is when we acquired additional space, and we selected here, and then earlier this year, we locked in a fairly long-term lease,” said Steven LaFevers, the global vice president of emerging technology.

Not only is the technology group expanding, but they’re also creating new jobs.

“We’re in one of three buildings, and we’re right now doing upgrades to one of them to host about 100 people, and before the end of the year, we hope to have many of them there,” said Lafevers.

The owner of Nash, a downtown Greenville restaurant, says they always welcome the idea of growth.

“We’re not too far from them, so we would love to see some more walk traffic. If they put a bridge over 10th, that’ll definitely help people commute a little safer,” said Kurt Hauser, the co-owner of Nash.

As ECU’s innovation hub grows, Lafevers says it could give students a chance to gain experience through internships and capstone projects.

“We think that it’s an awesome collaborative environment, with that top talent and that talent source bringing it here, and we have every intention of consuming it,” said LaFevers.

When WITN spoke with Lafevers, he said he is an ECU alum and feels that even more technology-focused businesses will be drawn to lease space in Intersect East, which has 19 acres.

This expansion is part of a partnership between Elliott Sidewalk Communities and East Carolina University.