A Canada-based company that could eventually provide 100 new jobs has chosen Lincolnton for its U.S. manufacturing plant.
The Times-News reported in September that Main Filter USA, a Canadian-based company that makes industrial hydraulic filters, had been surveying the county for existing buildings.
The company decided on the former Doug Herbert Performance Parts facility on East Gaston Street, according to an announcement released Thursday by the Lincoln Economic Development Association.
The plant will serve as the companyâ€™s manufacturing base in the United States and will be in production by the end of the year.
Steve Turmaine, owner and president of Main Filter, described an unexpectedly positive impression of Lincoln County and its people.
â€œI was very pleasantly surprised with the way we have been received by the community as a whole,â€ he was quoted as saying in the LEDA press release.
â€œThe level of assistance and cooperation we have been given has greatly exceeded any expectations.â€
Turmaine cited â€œthe caliberâ€ of LEDAâ€™s efforts as the â€œfinal determining factor in our decision to locate here.â€
LEDA Director Barry Matherly told the Times-News last week that the company had done much of its research entirely online, including site selection and further communications. Matherly noted the â€œimportance of a websiteâ€ for LEDAâ€™s efforts to recruit more employers to the area.
According to the announcement, Main Filter was looking to expand to the U.S. and was weighing options in both North and South Carolina before making its selection.
It will make an initial investment of $2 million in equipment and machinery and provide 20 jobs â€” increasing to 100 over a period of five years â€” that pay average weekly wages of $600.
Crystal Gettys of LEDA presented a resolution to adopt an economic incentive grant agreement with the company at the Sept. 12 Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, and it was passed unanimously.
Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland, quoted in Thursdayâ€™s LEDA statement, said that â€œin these economic times, it is especially exciting to see new industries, such as Main Filter, select Lincolnton as a home for their business.â€
â€œWe look forward to seeing them succeed and grow within our community,â€ he added.
SARAH LOWERY, Staff Writer