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Companies could add up to 32 new jobs

 

Commissioners to weigh incentives

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is set to consider incentives tonight for three existing industries looking to upgrade their facilities and create new jobs in the process.

The companies, whose names will be disclosed during the meeting, are asking for economic incentive grants to help them with planned renovations and equipment installations for their manufacturing plants.

One of the companies, according to the grant-agreement documents, plans to invest $8,050,000 locally and create at least 25 new jobs, paying $460 a week on average, within two years.

Another hopes to invest $7.2 million and create at least five new jobs in the process within two years. The positions would pay average weekly wages of $625.

The third industry up for discussion is looking to make a $3 million investment over two years, providing at least two new jobs that would pay $440 a week.

All would like to begin construction early next year.

Kara Brown, existing business manager for the Lincoln Economic Development Association, will present the grant agreements to commissioners, who will take a vote on them following public hearings on each during tonight’s meeting.

Other items on tonight’s Board of Commission meeting agenda include:

Commissioners will consider change orders for a water-line project at N.C. 16 and N.C. 73, as presented by Public Works Director Don Chamblee.

Martin Starnes & Associates will present their audit report for the county.

Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins will present the Planning Board’s recommendations from zoning cases heard at the previous meeting.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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