Carolina Nonwovens Corporation recently confirmed Lincolnton as the location of the company’s new nonwovens facility.
The 33,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Indian Creek industrial Park.
The initial company investment will be $4.2 million and the new facility will initially create 15 new jobs. Looking ahead, the company hopes to add an additional 12 jobs.
According to company president Fred Fink, the facility will produce thermo bonded nonwoven fabrics.
â€œThis new facility is the culmination of intensive market research and product development over the past 18 months,â€ said Fink, adding the new facility is expected to be up and running in May.
County commissioners approved an incentive grant in the amount of more than $64,000 to be paid out over a five year period of time. That works out to more than $12,000 annually.
Rhonda Hunter, operations director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), credited a shell building with weaving the deal together.
“Having that building available was crucial in making the deal happen,” said Hunter. “We wish more private investors would step forward with available product for us to market. As the old saying goes, ‘if you build it, they will come.’
CNC has developed several proprietary products for customers and will process natural and recycled fibers.
The new line will be making nonwovens that go into a wide range of consumer and industrial products.
“That makes the products lighter, stronger and less expensive,” said CNC vice president John Gearhart, adding he’s assembled a team of industry professionals with over 60 years of nonwovens knowledge.
Fink credited LEDA with attracting the company to the area.
“We’re excited about locating in Lincoln County with its strong labor pool and convenient access to our customer base,” said Fink. “We’ve conducted several interviews for positions and should start hiring sometime this month.”
Tom Anderson, chairman of the Lincoln County Commission, said the announcement is yet again proof that Lincoln County is a business and industry friendly environment.
“We appreciate the opportunity this new business offers our citizens,” said Anderson. “In addition, the company will make contributions to the health, growth and diversity of our economy.”
For more information on Carolina Nonwovens, call (704) 735-5600.
by Jon Mayhew