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Alan Lewis with the Keith Corp. out of Charlotte had kind words for the local economic development efforts during the groundbreaking last week of its second shell building in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. He praised LEDA Executive Director Barry Matherly.
“It’s like having Michael Jordan as a player-coach,” he said. “He comes in the game and makes big plays, but he’s also over there coaching.”
Those are very complimentary words for LEDA’s Matherly, who seems to come up with successful announcements even as the closing and layoffs continue to stream across our area. LEDA is doing something right when it gets credit for such successes directly from those involved. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has also been very supportive of industrial recruiting efforts by providing incentive grants.
The Keith Corporation’s decision to invest in the shell building shows confidence in Lincoln County’s attraction to new industries. The new building will be located on a 5.5-acre site at the corner of Finger Mill and Hatchett roads. The Keith Corp. is expected to make a $1.88 to $2.25 million investment in the 60,650-square-foot speculative manufacturing and distribution facility.
That investment follows the company’s successful leashing of another shell building at the park to tortilla maker R. W. Garcia.
Lincoln County already has a core of global players in The Timken Co., Cataler North America, and Robert Bosch Tools, to name a few. The message from the Keith Corp. is they are going to keep coming. Let’s hope so.

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