North Carolina rural infrastructure grants spark $200 million in private investment, hundreds of jobs

RALLY – More than $200 million in private investment along with hundreds of jobs is coming to areas outside North Carolina’s major metro areas thanks to nearly $4.3 million in grants through the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority

The RIA recently approved 15 grant applications to local governments leading to private sector commitments, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

526 jobs will be opened, API announced.

“When North Carolina’s rural communities succeed, so does our entire state,” Cooper said in a statement. “These grants will stimulate greater economic growth in rural North Carolina by improving buildings and other infrastructure to facilitate the creation of good jobs.”

Breakdown of grants

The building reuse program is made in two categories:

Free building category

  • City of Edenton (Chowan County): A $25,000 grant will support the reuse of a 5,506-square-foot building that will be renovated to become a startup restaurant, The Herringbone on the Waterfront. This project is expected to create five jobs and attract private investment of $1,432,250.
  • Forsyth County: A $250,000 grant will support the reuse of a 45,000-square-foot building in Winston-Salem. The building will be occupied by Frank Blum Construction Company, a commercial general contractor that provides construction management services for clients in the education, healthcare, retail and hospitality industries. Through this project, the company plans to create 35 jobs by investing $3,138,885.
  • Granville County: A $100,000 grant will support the reuse of a 175,000-square-foot building in Oxford. D’Artagnan, Inc., a food manufacturer specializing in foie gras, meat, game and smoked delicacies, plans to locate its operations at the facility. The overall project is expected to create 23 jobs, with an investment of $5,060,986 from the company, while 15 jobs are tied to this grant.
  • City of Salisbury (Rowan County): A $75,000 grant will support the reuse of a 5,600-square-foot building. Stout Heating & Air, Inc., which offers air conditioning repair, HVAC installation and related services to residential and commercial customers, plans to locate operations at that facility. The company is expected to create 11 jobs and invest $1,717,337 in this project.

Existing business building category

  • City of Mebane (Alamance County): A $350,000 grant will support the expansion of a building occupied by Lotus Bakeries, LLC. The company, which makes caramelized biscuits and various other baked goods and snacks, plans to add 100,000 square feet to the existing facility. The project is expected to create 62 jobs, with the company investing $84,446,779.
  • Chatham County: A $67,000 grant will support the renovation of a 158,995-square-foot building in Moncure that is occupied by ARAUCO, a manufacturer and supplier of wood products that include particleboard, premium plywood, millwork, lumber and wood table. With this project, the company plans to create 26 jobs by investing $8,966,745.
  • Cleveland County: A $160,000 grant will support the expansion of a Shelby building occupied by Maco, Inc. The company, which provides welding, machining and structural steel fabrication processes, plans to add 7,800 square feet to the existing facility. The project is expected to create 20 jobs, with the company investing $485,093.
  • Craven County: A $500,000 grant will help renovate a 500,000-square-foot building in New Bern that is occupied by White River Marine Group, a boat manufacturer and Bass Pro Shops affiliate that acquired the Hatteras brand and has expansion plans of the operations of this site. The company is expected to create a total of 500 jobs in the overall project, while 200 jobs and an investment of $33.5 million are tied to this grant.
  • Granville County: A $250,000 grant will support the renovation of a 326,000-square-foot building in Oxford that is occupied by CertainTeed, LLC. The company, a manufacturer of exterior and interior building products including roofing, siding, insulation and ceilings, plans to create 37 jobs by investing $118.8 million in the overall project. Thirty-two jobs and an investment of $837,500 are tied to this grant.
  • Greene County: A $175,000 grant will help expand a Stantonsburg building occupied by H&T Trucking, Inc. The company, which transports grain, animal feed and live stock for local integrators and farmers, plans to add 2,250 square feet to an existing facility. This project is expected to create 31 jobs with an investment of $162,589 by the company.
  • Lincoln County: A $300,000 grant will support the expansion of a Denver building occupied by Huber Technology, Inc., a Germany-based manufacturer of wastewater equipment. The company plans to add 122,000 square feet to the existing facility. This project is expected to create 46 jobs with an investment of $39,515,000 by the company.
  • Madison County: A $125,000 grant will support the renovation of a 120,000-square-foot building in Mars Hill that is occupied by Highland Metal Works, LLC. The company manufactures custom designed and manufactured CNC plasma cutting tables and routers for various industries. The project is designed to create 17 jobs, with an investment of $5,100,550 by the company.
  • Robeson County: A $120,000 grant will help renovate a 49,000-square-foot building in Lumberton that is occupied by Asbury Graphite of North Carolina. The company, which processes graphite and other carbons, minerals and materials for a wide range of industries, plans to create 22 jobs by investing $16.9 million in the overall project, with 15 jobs and an investment of $15,560,212 associated with this grant.

Industrial Development Fund

  • Nash County: A $1,681,230 grant will support sewer and road expansion as part of the county’s efforts to improve the Middlesex Corporate Center Industrial Park, preparing the site for future job creation and private investment.
  • Pitt County: A $100,000 grant will help the county secure a sewer line extension that will support the expansion of North State Steel’s Greenville facility and could support the growth of other nearby businesses. The company, a steel manufacturer primarily serving the construction of industrial, commercial, government, educational and healthcare facilities, plans to create 11 jobs and invest $1,050,000 in this project.

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