4/20/2017 – AMP Services receives N.C. Commerce grant to renovate historic Granite Falls building

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by admin


April 20, 2017


An LED lighting company has been awarded a N.C. Department of Commerce Building Reuse grant in order to make improvements to a historic downtown Granite Falls site.


AMP Services, LLC received approval for $400,000 from the Commerce Department’s Rural Economic Development Division for an estimated $816,000 renovation that will help the company expand and create 40 new full-time jobs. The grant was processed by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, along with the Town of Granite Falls.


The renovation project is part of a more than $5-million expansion investment by the company.


Located at 30 North Main Street, the 36,878-square-foot building was constructed in 1915 and originally housed Falls Manufacturing Company. AMP Services officials have said they plan to restore the building based on the facility’s original construction. The company also purchased adjacent 64,585-square-foot building at 1 South Main Street.


In fact, AMP Services already has made improvements to the former depot building that is located between the two main facilities and is not part of the grant.


In operation for more than seven years in downtown Granite Falls, AMP Services has focused on commercial and industrial signs and refrigerant services. More recently, the company has concentrated on LED lighting, including research and development of more efficient LED lighting components and the manufacturing of LED replacement housings for conventional commercial and industrial fluorescent lighting.


“These grant funds will help us get to market quicker and position our company faster to expand in this new direction,” AMP Services CEO Austin Powell said during the application process. “We appreciate the Town of Granite Falls and Caldwell County for their assistance in helping us achieve our goals.”


The planned renovations include window and door replacements, improvements to the roof, gutters, and skylights, and a new loading dock. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.


“We are delighted that AMP Services has been awarded this grant,” Caldwell EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray said. “And we are so very pleased to know that the company plans to restore the building to reflect the robust history of Granite Falls’ Main Street.


“AMP Services is an innovative company, and it will be very exciting to see the progress as its expansion plans are realized.”


On March 6, the Granite Falls Town Council passed a resolution of support for the project and to serve as the local government applicant. The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners approved a local jobs incentive for up to $2,000 per job that is payable after the jobs are created, documented, and maintained for one year for up to 35 jobs created during the next two years.


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