2/8/2017 – Caldwell EDC receives county commission approval for incentives of up to 300 jobs

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by admin


February 8, 2017


The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners have approved incentives for six companies to create up to 300 jobs with more than $10 million a year in new wages.


Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray said it was the most job incentive requests brought before the county commission at one time. The incentives would provide each company with $2,000 for every job that is actually created, documented, and maintained.


“We have been working at a pretty fast and furious pace, and it’s just indicative of the number of companies that are in our pipeline right now,” Murray said. “Folks are very positive about the economy right now.”


The largest number of jobs would be added by JBS USA, a subsidiary of Swift Beef, that operates a meat processing plant (formerly Vantage Foods) and hopes to add 100 full-time jobs during the next year.


An existing Caldwell County manufacturer, identified as Project Blue Sky, is planning to renovate vacant buildings already on its property and expand operations, adding 50 jobs over two years that would pay above the county average, Murray said. The company also is applying for a state grant for nearly $500,000 to assist with renovation costs.


A potential new company, Ryan-All Door Systems, based in California, is considering moving manufacturing of plastic and wood door systems to the United States from China, where it has been since 2007. Caldwell County is among the sites being considered. The company also has distribution operations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The company’s plans call for investing more than $1.5 million and creating 50 jobs over three years.


Another existing Caldwell County company, identified as Project Decade, expects to create 40 full-time positions within three years by expanding its manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing facilities. The company plans to invest $2.5 million in construction, as well as more in machinery and equipment.


Amp Services, which distributes and manufactures LED lighting in Granite Falls, expects to invest $5 million on an expansion that will create up to 35 full-time positions over two years. The company plans to buy its current building, which it has been leasing, along with two buildings adjacent to it. The company also plans to apply for a state grant in order to renovate the buildings.


Automated Solutions, which has manufacturing facilities in Sawmills and Lenoir, expects to add 20 full-time positions over the next year, while also adding more equipment and a second shift to its operations.


“We have a good, strong local economy that is growing and sees really good futures … We’re in a good place for folks to want to come (to Caldwell),” Murray said.


By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic



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