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Snack food maker to expand, add 15 jobs

 

SARAH LOWERY

 

Staff Writer

 

RW Garcia, a producer of tortilla chips and corn-based snack items, will soon begin work to expand its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, resulting in the creation of at least 15 new jobs.

An incentive grant agreement detailing the expansion received unanimous approval from the county’s Board of Commissioners during its meeting Monday night.

Kara Brown, existing business manager for the Lincoln Economic Development Association, presented the agreement, noting that the California-based company cited increased demand worldwide as the reason behind the planned addition of warehouse space.

The total investment put into the project will be $2 million, expected to result in 30,000 square feet of additional space.

As stated in the grant agreement, RW Garcia will create at least 15 new jobs, paying average hourly wages of $13, within two years. The county will then provide cash grants of $7,774 annually for a five-year period, starting the tax year after the project’s completion.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., the company has manufacturing facilities in both North Carolina and California.

Construction is expected to begin on or before Sept. 1.

In other board action at Monday’s meeting:

  • Commissioners passed a resolution to approve the merit pay increase policy and procedures for Lincoln County employees with a 4-1 vote, having previously signed off on the pay raise for this fiscal year’s budget. Commissioner George Arena was in opposition, saying he believed the policy was good, but the timing was wrong for the pay hikes.
  • Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution amending the county’s fire prevention code, fees and penalties schedule.
  • Commissioners voted 4-1 for a second time, with commissioner Carrol Mitchem again in opposition, to approve the revised ordinance requiring special events and mass gatherings to obtain permits. The ordinance will now be enacted, as only a majority vote was necessary upon its second reading.
  • Commissioners tabled a resolution that would amend the county’s industrial incentives grant policy, with Arena requesting that the regular LEDA board be given time to look it over. The LEDA executive board has already given its approval. A vote on the resolution is scheduled for the Aug. 6 meeting.
  • A closed session was conducted, though no action was taken by commissioners.

 

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