7/25/2018 – Caldwell EDC announces expansions that will create 35 new, full-time jobs

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by admin


July 25, 2018


By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic


Two Caldwell County businesses plan expansions that they expect will create a total of 35 new jobs.


The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners approved job-creation incentives for Automated Solutions LLC and Bruex Inc. of $2,000 for each of the full-time jobs created, documented and maintained.


Automated Solutions, a packaging materials manufacturer with a plants in Lenoir and Sawmills, grew over 30 percent in 2017 and expects similar growth this year, said Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell Economic Development Commission.


Last year, the company created 17 new full-time jobs. The company now has about 75 full-time employees and hopes to add up to 20 this year while adding more equipment, Murray said.


Bruex, a Lenoir manufacturer of curved wood for furniture, has growing at an even faster rate and plans to build a new 2,000-square-foot warehouse and a new loading dock and invest $600,000 in new equipment over the next two years, Murray said. The company currently has 17 full-time employees and hopes to add up to 15 over the next two years, she said.


Bruex is also applying to the N.C. Department of Commerce for a building reuse grant to help pay for renovations. The county agreed to provide a local match equal to 5 percent of the grant.


In other business, the commissioners agreed to provide a $5 million match for a $15 million state loan that the Caldwell County Board of Education is applying for to help pay for the renovation and expansion of Granite Falls Middle School. The entire cost is projected to be about $24 million, the consulting firm hired to plan the school said at a July 9 school board meeting.


The commissioners also approved changes to the county’s rules on cellphone tower rules. The biggest of the changes is an increase in the height limit from 110 feet to 200 feet, which should greatly improve cellphone service in areas with a lot of trees or hills, County Planning Director Shelley Stevens said.




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