4/20/2017 – Ryan-Al Door awarded N.C. Commerce Building Reuse grant to reshore jobs from China

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by admin

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April 20, 2017

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Fiberglass door manufacturer Ryan-Al Door Systems, Inc. has received a N.C. Department of Commerce Building Reuse grant for renovations to a Lenoir facility that will bring back manufacturing jobs from China to Caldwell County.

 

The $44,525 grant comes on the heels of a $150,000 One North Carolina Fund grant announced last week by Gov. Roy Cooper. Both grants were facilitated by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.

 

For the Building Reuse grant, Ryan-Al Door pledged to invest $1.7 million and hire 29 new full-time employees in a two-year period of time, with an average annual wage of more than $39,500, well above Caldwell County’s current average of $34,744 per year. The company’s three-year target will have full-time employment well above 50.

 

The company, headquartered in Diamond Bar, Calif., plans to bring back its manufacturing operations from Zhejiang, China, and also is looking to move its distribution operations from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Lenoir.

 

“We are extremely excited to be moving our manufacturing facility to Lenoir and Caldwell County,” Ryan-Al Door President and CEO Rick Trainor said. “Having a pool of qualified labor and the financial support provided to us by the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Caldwell County will surely enable us to ‘hit the ground’ running. This support is going to allow us the ability to start our manufacturing at some point in July.

 

“Everything that we planned is ahead of schedule, and we’re now at a point where we are waiting for our machinery to arrive. Being located in Caldwell County leads us to believe that this strategic location will open many more opportunities from a distribution standpoint.”

 

Ryan-Al Door manufactures and distributes a wide variety of fiberglass doors and aluminum-framed windows. The company will be renovating a 30,649-square-foot portion of the former Crown Heritage furniture manufacturing building located off Clover Drive near U.S. 321 South.

 

“This Commerce Department grant is fantastic news and dovetails nicely with the governor’s announcement,” Caldwell County EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray said. “We were so grateful to have Commerce Development representatives visiting the site recently to see first-hand the impact this grant will have for Ryan-Al Door and for Caldwell County workers.

 

“We are also very excited to have Ryan-Al Door joining our growing list of diverse manufacturers in our county. The company’s commitment to reshoring jobs from China is to be commended and it shows once again that Caldwell County is being competitive in the global marketplace.”

 

Ryan-Al Door plans to begin making renovations as soon as possible, and the company is looking at attending the Caldwell is Hiring event that is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

 

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners previously endorsed the project and approved a local jobs incentive of $2,000 per job for up to 50 full-time jobs created in its first three years, documented, and maintained for one year. These funds provide the required local government match for the Building Reuse grant and the One NC Fund grant.

 

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