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2-28-2022 – Caldwell County Closes Another Success Expansion Project

Posted on: February 28th, 2022 by admin No Comments


February 28, 2022




Caldwell County recently closed another successful expansion project with the presentation of final incentives to Fairfield Chair executives.  Commissioners Donnie Potter and Jeff Branch presented the North Carolina Building Reuse renovation reimbursement funds and the Caldwell County Local Jobs Incentive at the Fairfield Chair Board of Directors meeting on February 24, 2021.  Accepting the checks were CEO Dixon Mitchell, Chairman John Beall, and CFO Craig Keenan.


Keenan thanked the county for its support of industry, particularly in trying economic times.  “We value our partnership with the County and the EDC.  The availability of these funds and the assistance that has come with it are very much appreciated.”


The company received $165,900 for plant renovation reimbursements and the creation of 20 new full-time jobs.


Fairfield Chair Co. is a major U.S. manufacturer of fine upholstered seating for home, office, hospitality, and healthcare.  The company was established in Lenoir in 1921 and concluded its 100th year in 2021.




Pictured from Left to Right are Caldwell County Commissioner Donnie Potter, Fairfield Chair CEO Dixon Mitchell, Fairfield Chair Chairman John Beall, Fairfield Chair CFO Craig Keenan, and Caldwell County Commissioner Jeff Branch.



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10-29-2020 – Job growth seen moving slowly

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October 29, 2020



  • By Guy Lucas
  • Oct 28, 2020 Updated 13 hrs ago


The latest local unemployment numbers paint a picture of an economy in slow recovery mode, both in this region and statewide.


Caldwell County’s unemployment rate creeped up 0.2 percentage point to 7.5% in September, mirroring a statewide trend of small job gains against lingering losses from the COVID-19-related shutdowns in the spring, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division report showed.


Deborah Murray, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, said it is hard to draw conclusions about the local economy from the unemployment reports since the pandemic struck.


“It is very encouraging to see the increase in the number of people working, in fact, it is the largest number of people working since March. It is tempting to read success into improving numbers, but not all numbers are heading in the right direction,” she said.


Local unemployment rates rose in 95 of the state’s 100 counties as fewer than 100,000 people gained jobs and a similar number of jobless people rejoined the labor force, the report showed.


In Caldwell County, the number of residents with jobs rose by about 800, but the number rejoining the labor force rose by about 900.


The good news from that is that because those who are not seeking work are not counted as part of the labor force, a growing labor force generally is seen as a sign of confidence in the economy as the long-term unemployed resume trying to find work.


But according to a breakdown of employment by sectors of the economy, by far the largest number of job gains both locally and statewide were in government — in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metropolitan statistical area, government employment increased by more than 1,000 from the August report. Since the report covers the period from mid-August to mid-September, those gains probably are largely related to the new school year starting.


Most employment sectors saw little change.


Manufacturing and leisure/hospitality were the strongest in the Hickory region, each gaining about 300 jobs from August to September, while four of the 10 sectors in the report had no significant change.


Murray said she knows that “families have been forced to make tough decisions to navigate COVID waters” and many are struggling, but against that backdrop she also knows from job listings that the EDC receives that there are many jobs available in Caldwell and surrounding counties.


“Employers are starved for workers to meet the increases in demand for their products. It is truly a different time,” she said.


Neighboring Burke and Catawba counties had similar numbers as Caldwell, with the unemployment rate rising by 0.3 points in both, to 6.6% in Burke and 7.2% in Catawba.


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