White Oak Carpet Mills Invests $4.1 Million To Expand Spindale, North Carolina, Manufacturing Plant
“We are very proud to be a part of the great textile heritage of Rutherford County which has been a tremendous source of skilled workers and craftsmen for generations. Made in America still means superior quality and unsurpassed craftsmanship to our clients, so when it was time for us to expand our operations, it was our primary goal to try and find a suitable facility near Spindale,” said Tom Pack, President of Manufacturing at White Oak.
“Fortunately, Governor McCrory, Commerce Secretary Skvarla, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the Rural Infrastructure Authority, North Carolina Community College System, Rutherford County Economic Development, Rutherford County and the Town of Spindale helped us find the solution we were looking for, and it’s right here in Spindale. This allows us to keep our current staff and will also allow us to bring on additional workers as we complete the consolidation and expansion of our facilities,” said Pack.
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $25,000. 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.
In addition, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded Rutherford County a Building Reuse Program grant in the amount of $300,000 to support the reuse of a 250,000 sq. ft. building located at 1553 Old Ballpark Rd. in Spindale. The building was constructed in 1973 and has been vacant for more than five years. White Oak will relocate its current operations to that building.
“Some of the best carpets in the world are made right here in North Carolina by White Oak Carpet Mills,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “This expansion will nearly triple its workforce so it can produce even more with the ‘made in North Carolina’ label.”
“Nothing compares to North Carolina when it comes to quality manufacturing,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III. “By expanding its operation here in North Carolina, White Oak will be able to take advantage of the skilled and capable workforce we have available.”
In addition to N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners that helped with this project include the Rural Infrastructure Authority, North Carolina Community College System, Rutherford County Economic Development, Rutherford County and the Town of Spindale.
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