IT firm expanding operations to Columbus County

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Provalus, an IT services company has announced a $500,000 plan to establish operations in the City of Whiteville.

“This announcement by Provalus is a great win for Columbus County,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “The decision to operate in Whiteville is evidence of the strength of rural North Carolina’s talented workforce, strong economy, and great quality of life.”

Founded in 2017, Provalus offers technology and business support to large Fortune 1000 clients, including cybersecurity, cloud & infrastructure support, data analytics and intelligent automation services, business optimization, and application development.

The new site is a 20,000-square-foot building in downtown Whiteville.

“We are proud to announce the first phase of our partnership with the Whiteville community. Choosing a city for a new office is about more than selecting a place to put desks. We’re choosing a new town to add to our Provalus family,” said Will Ruzic, vice president of racilities and operations. “This launch means Whiteville will forever be part of the Provalus story and we hope to be a meaningful part of Whiteville’s future.”

The new jobs have the potential to create an economic impact of more than $3.7 million for the region each year.

“We are excited to welcome Provalus to rural North Carolina,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “When tech companies choose rural communities, it validates that the state’s talent pipeline is our most valuable resource.”

A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help Provalus locate to North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

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