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LEDA to seek incentive grant

Another industry will try to get an incentive grant from the county at the next Lincoln County commissioners meeting on May 2.
The announcement was made by Laura Foor, existing business coordinator for the Lincoln Economic Development Association, at a board meeting held Thursday at The Timken Company.
“I can’t say who it is for yet, but it is very exciting,” she said. “You will see why after you find out who it is.”
Commissioners recently approved a $227,000 grant for the Timken Co., which will use the money for new equipment that will increase jobs at the plant.
At the meeting, LEDA also introduced new board member David Lee who is general manager of Robert Bosch Tool Company’s manufacturing division.
Lee is replacing Seth A. Haney on the LEDA board. Haney resigned from the board after accepting a job in Timken’s corporate office in Canton, Ohio.
Lee has been in Lincolnton for seven years and with Robert Bosch for 19 years.
“Lincoln County is on the verge of exploding,” he said. “There are so many possibilities and things happening. I am excited and look forward to contributing any way that I can.”
Timken was voted as Lincoln County’s Industry of the Year in 2004 by LEDA.
Board members were able to tour the plant following the meeting.
In other business, Rhonda Hunter, office manager, gave a report on the basic economic development course that she participated in at Georgia Tech the week of March 27. There were 119 participants.
An industrial tour for county commissioners and LEDA board members will be held on Wednesday May 4 to learn about other industrial parks. The group will spend half the day touring parks in Lincoln, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
A Stakeholders event will be held on Thursday, June 2 with a boat leaving at 7 a.m. from Westport Marina. The event will give LEDA the opportunity to showcase Lincoln County.
City and county officials and LEDA’s board of directors will be invited to the event. LEDA private members, the N.C. Department of Commerce and regional brokers will also be invited to participate. A presentation will be made by Barry Matherly, executive director of LEDA, in order to sell the good factors that Lincoln County has to offer.
Tom Anderson, chairman of the East Lincoln Advisory Committee, reported that the group is still working on getting its Web site up and running.
by Amy Wadsworth

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