Caldwell County business recruitment seeing gains

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 07:22 PM

Last year set some high bars in business recruitment for Caldwell County, but at the midway point 2013 is shaping up as a stronger year, members of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission were told at a meeting Tuesday.

In all of 2012, the EDC participated in 15 projects – new businesses or expansions – that promise to eventually create 682 jobs with $18.6 million a year in wages.

In just the first six-plus months of 2013, there already have been 12 projects that could create a total of 450 jobs with $15.3 million in wages, EDC director Deborah Murray said.

The 2012 projects involved $37.5 million in investments; the 2013 projects, not including Google’s $600 million expansion, involve $51.6 million in investments.

The EDC is working on 15 more projects, Murray said, including five that will come up in public hearings on incentives at the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Aug. 5.

And several of last year’s projects now are nearing fruition:

Carolina Prime Pet is in its first phase of operations and has hired more than 50 people.

Woodgrain Millwork is hiring.

Bakers Waste Equipment is hiring and projects an October opening.

In addition, Exela Pharma Sciences has begun renovating the former Broyhill Furniture Industries headquarters on U.S. 321, and Randall Miller Trucking has completed its renovations and is working to schedule a ribbon-cutting.