Itâ€™s a breath of fresh air, even if itâ€™s tinted with tortilla chips.
The official announcement came last week from R.W. Garcia Company. The tortilla chip maker will occupy a graded shell building site already waiting for a prospect in Lincoln County Industrial park. The company plans to invest $4.6 million as it sets up in a new 60,650-square-foot manufacturing facility.
Garcia will initially employ 25 workers with an average wage rate of $10 an hour. The total investment for the project is expected to reach $8.6 million and create 75 new jobs.
Lincoln County commissioners Monday night approved $81,000 in incentive grants to help solidify Garciaâ€™s investment.
Itâ€™s a tribute to our local initiative that a site was being prepared at the park when this suitor came to look around. Congratulations to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and to the Lincoln County Economic Development Association for paving the way. LEDA continues to prove its value to this community, not only by helping to bring new industries to the county but by promoting existing industry.
The timing was excellent because Lincoln County is still in a recovery mode from widespread job losses in the area. The latest came in mid January when Haworth, Inc.-Comforto Operations announced it was shutting down its Lincolnton plant, which employed 161. Our unemployment rate is still hovering at above 6 percent.
R.W. Garcia products are sold worldwide in supermarkets, natural food stores and specialty food stores. Locally, Garciaâ€™s products can be purchased at Harris Teeter.
The company, which has been operating since 1986, currently has plants in San Jose, Calif. and Tampa, Fla. Known for distinctive packaging as well as zesty flavors, organic and all natural ingredients, R.W. Garcia products range from tortilla chips to corn croutons.
We welcome Garcia to our community and hope those zesty flavored chips keep pouring out of Lincoln County. by Albert Dozier