Lincolnton manufacturer Active Concepts and the Lincoln Economic Development Association both received visits from U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th District, on Friday to talk about jobs and the state of the local economy.
Active Concepts, on Technology Drive, specializes in the manufacture of specialty raw ingredients for cosmetics. McHenry said he wanted to tour the facility to see “an existing industry that’s contributing to the community.” Director of Manufacturing Rosie Rivera said the company has grown from 12 employees in 2005 to 32 presently.
“We’ve almost doubled, employee-wise, which helped Lincolnton,” Rivera said. “Locals work here. We need an expansion in our manufacturing room which will add more jobs as well.”
The meeting was the first ever between LEDA executive director Cliff Brumfield and the congressman.
“We’re seeing things slow on one hand but they’re speeding up on the other,” Brumfield said. “We had a lot coming out of the gate at the first of the year. Being able to get his feedback from other areas in the district was very welcome.”
McHenry said he was bringing a clear economic message to Lincoln County on the visit, a day after the House broke for a two-week recess after passing Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest budget plan, which spells out the House’s budget vision for fiscal year 2014 and beyond and includes provisions for a balanced budget by 2023 and an overhaul of the tax code.
“With inaction in Washington, the can-do spirit of folks in Lincoln County is making a big difference,” McHenry said.
“I have high hopes that we can have tax reform to get a more growth-oriented tax code so that we can be more competitive and create new and better jobs and get our economy moving again.”