Elkay Manufacturing, a leading producer of sinks and water delivery products, will invest $5.5 million to expand its operations in Lumberton, North Carolina. The project is expected to create 20 jobs in Robeson County.
The company will be the first tenant in the Lumberton/Robeson County I-95/I-74 Industrial Park.
“We are blessed to be experiencing a period of significant business growth, with much of this product manufactured right here in our Lumberton facility,” said Ken Blazer, Director, Global Distribution & Logistics for Elkay. “In order to support this expansion, we are moving our distribution function from the Lumberton facility to this new location, freeing up space for additional manufacturing capacity. Once the new distribution site is operational, we expect to be able to add manufacturing and distribution roles to our workforce to support our five-year growth strategy.”
As an incentive, a performance-based grant of $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Elkay’s expansion in Robeson County. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“North Carolina’s advantages as a business location once again prove their merit,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “In addition to our excellent workforce, our state’s central, east coast location and strong road network offers companies like Elkay an ideal location from which to grow.”
Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Golden LEAF Foundation, Robeson County and the Robeson County Office of Economic Development.