Gov. Cooper announces $5.5 million facility that’ll kickstart Lumberton industrial park

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW) — Elkay Manufacturing will invest $5.5 million in a new facility that will be the anchor tenant of an industrial park, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday in Lumberton.

The new facility will be the first tenant of a new industrial park at Highway 74 and Interstate 95.

“Elkay’s expansion plus its selection of the new Robeson County industrial park brings twice the good news,” Cooper said. “Rural North Carolina can offer the industrial sites, workforce and transportation systems that manufacturers expect to find in a world-class business location.”

Elkay Manufacturing makes stainless steel sinks, faucets and drinking fountains. The new facility is expected to create 20 jobs.

The jobs will pay an average salary of $48,960, according to the company. The company will also receive a $50,000 business grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Ken Blazer, the director of global distribution and logistics for Elkay Manufacturing, said the company will move its distribution function from its Lumberton facility to its new one, which will free up space for additional manufacturing capacity.

“The transportation ecosystem starts with a strategic location midway between New York and Florida along I-95,” Blazer said during the announcement at the Lumberton Municipal Airport. “And the I-74 corridor forms an ideal east-west crossroads.”

Many other local leaders attended the announcement as well, ranging from county commissioners, to Lumberton city leaders, to law enforcement.

“So thankful we are all working together and I promise you this is only the first,” Chair of Robeson County Board of Commissioners Faline Dial said. “The best is yet to come for our county.”

Governor Cooper seemed to have high hopes for the new industrial park.

“They were excited to be the first tenant in this new industrial park,” Governor Cooper said following his remarks. “And when you get your first tenant, it’s an anchor and it’s a lot of excitement about potential companies to come and join them here.”

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