Area Development
Woodgrain Millwork Inc., a wood millwork producer, will invest more than $8 million to locate a new manufacturing facility in Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina, with plans to create 170 jobs.

Woodgrain Millwork is a family-owned company, headquartered in Fruitland, Idaho, whose product lines includes molding, doors, and windows.

"The decision to open a facility in Caldwell County was based on the access to a workforce with wood manufacturing experience from the furniture industry as well as the strategic location within our southeast distribution coverage area," said Kelly Dame, CEO of Woodgrain Millwork. "The expansion of Woodgrain Millwork with this state of the art facility is a direct result of our partnership with the various North Carolina State Agencies. Woodgrain is pleased to invest with the State of North Carolina on continued job growth and economic development for the county and state."

Gov. Bev Perdue's Office said as an incentive the project was made possible in part by a $635,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. "Our investments in education and workforce development programs have created a strong business climate that allows manufacturers to thrive in a global economy, " she said.

The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.