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Dallas business moving into Carolina Mills building

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

A North Carolina business is preparing to expand its production and operations to Lincolnton.

Last Friday, R&R Powder Coatings, Inc. finalized its purchase of one of the former Carolina Mills buildings located on South Grove Street. According to the company’s website, R&R specializes in the application of dry powder to metal substrate that is then cured in an oven for a durable finish.

A family owned business, R&R Powder Coatings, Inc. was established in April 2000, based in a 10,000 square-foot building in Dallas in Gaston County. The ownership consisted of Ray Jenkins as President, Tim Hayes as Vice President, Charlotte Jenkins as CFO and Monica Hayes as Operations Manager. With only four employees initially, the company experienced five continuous years of success, thus prompting it to expand to a 20,000 square-foot building and eventually to 30,000 square-feet, adding 20 additional employees.

With the expanding growth of their company, R&R began its search for a suitable facility in the summer of 2013.

“The former Carolina Mills facility was the closest and most suitable facility for our needs and proximity to our Dallas office and plant,” Ray Jenkins said in a press release. “The plant could be the start of real growth for our company, as it allows us to increase our capacity significantly.”

After several months of negotiations, R&R closed on the building on April 2. Upgrades to the facility are already underway, and the company anticipates being in full production by August.

“What a great feeling it is when a company says that Lincolnton is where they want their expansion to be, especially with all of the competition we have,” Lincoln Economic Development Association Chairman Bo King said. “Not only does it create more job opportunities for our citizens, but it also brings an older building back to life with a news sense of purpose and mission. LEDA certainly appreciates their investment and will work with R&R in any way to make their transition a smooth one.”

While the company did not qualify for incentives under the Lincoln County Industrial Incentive Grant Program or the City of Lincolnton Incentive Grant Program, they will be investing approximately $700,000 in building upgrades and equipment, and they are planning to hire 10 employees initially as floor workers and powder coaters.

“We are very happy R&R Coatings chose Lincolnton for their new location,” Mayor John Gilleland said. “They are a successful business that will fit in well in Lincolnton and will be another employment opportunity for our citizens.”

 

 

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