Jul. 21—WARREN COUNTY — Glen Raven Inc. Custom Fabrics LLC will undertake a major expansion of its Norlina plant.
On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the expansion, which represents an $82 million investment by the company. A $1 million grant from the One North Carolina Fund will be awarded to facilitate the expansion.
Action by the Warren County Board of Commissioners also was key to the project. On June 23, the commissioners unanimously approved an incentive package to help Glen Raven compete for the grant. The incentives include 10 annual performance-based grants equaling 60% of Glen Raven's tax liability and a waiver of up to $150,000 in county building and inspection fees.
A press release from Warren County said the expansion will create 205 new jobs, generating about $6.5 million in payroll annually. The average salary for new positions will be $31,710 — a notch above the median salary for the county.
"It's huge," said Warren County Economic Development Director Charla Duncan. "All the people who worked on this can't remember anything of this magnitude."
The importance of the expansion was emphasized by state and local officials.
"With the devotion and commitment of the County Commissioners, coupled with the hard work of our staff, we were able to secure this much needed economic growth," said Tare "T" Davis, chairman of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. "This expansion speaks to what the citizens have been asking to happen in Warren County — good paying jobs and good opportunity for people to advance. We look forward to a continued partnership with Glen Raven."
Victor Hunt, vice chairman of the board and a member of the Economic Development Commission board, said, "Glen Raven has been an anchor in our local, regional, and state business community for decades. We are thrilled that they have called Warren County home for so long and that they believe our community can help in the growth of their company."
N.C. Rep. Terry Garrison said, "Glen Raven supports our community with good jobs and economic vitality. We welcome this important new expansion in Norlina."
"There's no greater testimonial to our region's strength as a business location than when a local company expands," said N.C. Sen. Ernestine Bazemore. "These new jobs and this major investment will have a robust economic impact on Warren County as well as the lives of communities in this region for generations to come."
"Companies that already do business in rural North Carolina know the advantages of communities like Warren County," Cooper said in announcing the expansion. "Glen Raven's experience here provides the confidence they need that our workforce, transportation systems and business climate will best support this next phase of growth for their company."
Glen Raven is a global company with headquarters in Burlington. Founded in 1880, Glen Raven is a provider of performance fabrics with sales in more than 120 countries.
The Norlina plant produces synthetic yarn used in performance fabrics, including the company's flagship Sunbrella brand.
The planned expansion calls for renovating the existing building and adding new buildings and new equipment.
Warren County Manager Vincent Jones said, "I have to commend our Board of Commissioners for pushing us as county staff for results, as well as our Warren County team that helped us through this economic development process, especially our Community and Economic Development Director, Charla Duncan, who led our efforts."
For more information, contact the Warren County Community and Economic Development Director at 252-257-3114 or email Duncan at char laduncan@warrencoun tync.gov.