Castle Branch, an employment screening firm, confirmed Friday afternoon at a news conference that it would bring 420 jobs and invest $10.2 million in Wilmington and build its world headquarters here.
The announcement comes three weeks after the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County ponied up $500,000 in incentives to help lure the jobs here.
Castle Branch's CEO and founder, Brett Martin, said in August that the Port City-based company was looking for a 60,000-square-foot facility for an expansion. The company currently operates out of a 32,000-square-foot building across the street from Mayfaire Town Center.
“Both San Francisco and Wilmington have the types of climates that we have found important,” Martin said last summer. “Both have great work forces, though I'm particularly fond of (the University of North Carolina Wilmington) and the great grads.
“If we choose to locate here they would be an even larger resource for us.”
A surge in demand from the health care industry, with screening requirements for everybody from doctors to technicians, has helped spawn the company's recent growth.