5/16/17 – Caldwell County Board of Commissioners approves incentives for up to 95 new jobs

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by admin


May 16, 2017



Caldwell County will offer incentives to another three companies considering moving here and creating a combined 95 new jobs.


The largest of the three projects to come for the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners involved a company identified as Project Zephyr that has a facility on the West Coast and is considering multiple sites, including several of which are in Caldwell County. The company produces decorative pieces of building material from raw materials that are 100 percent recycled and will manufacture with “the most state-of-the-art processes in the world,” Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray said.


The company has a five-year plan to create several divisions and products; the first phase would involve a $30 million investment in the first year and could create up to 60 full-time jobs with wages “substantially more” than the county’s average, Murray said.


A second company, Harlee Packaging has confirmed its intentions to locate in Caldwell County and create 25 full-time jobs. The company manufactures cardboard boxes and other packaging material. Harlee Packaging plans to invest several million dollars in the purchase and renovation of an existing building in the county that has been vacant for more than year.


The third company, Pec Qingdao Aluminum Industries Co., is an assembly and wholesale distribution company specializing in installation kits for high-end, glass shower doors with stainless steel hardware. The company previously operated in the Dominican Republic and Qingdao, China. It would operate under the R.C. Kindle Supply in the U.S., Murray said.


Several county sites are being considered by the company, which expects to create 10 full-time jobs.


In order for any company to receive job-creation incentive payments from the county, which amount to $2,000 for each job, the company has to document that the jobs have been created and they must be maintained for a full year.


By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic

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