Commissioners clear way for two local industrial projects
By Steve Herring
Published in News on January 13, 2013 1:50 AM
Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning scheduled public hearings on providing local matches for $60,000 in state incentives for two separate industrial projects.
Together the two projects would bring 67 new jobs to the county and nearly $6 million in total investments.
The hearings will be held Jan. 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex, 224 E. Walnut St.
Balfour Beatty Rail has received a One NC Grant and a NC Rural Center Occupied Building Grant for its Goldsboro Traction Power Group. ACX Pacific Northwest Inc. has been awarded a One NC Grant and a NC Rural Center Building Reuse Grant.
Balfour Beatty Rail, 503 U.S. 117 Bypass North (Dewey Street) will undertake a $1 million expansion project that will add 29 new jobs.
The company manufactures electrical components for the public transit industry, including light rail and streetcars.
The match requested from Wayne County is $32,125. A similar amount is being requested from Goldsboro.
ACX Pacific Northwest Inc., an animal feed company, plans to create 38 jobs and invest $4.7 million over the next three years as it renovates and leases the former 158,400-square-foot Carolina Tobacco Warehouse on Jeffreys Lane.
The company is a leading supplier of long-fiber forage and roughage products including alfalfa hay, timothy hay, Sudan grass, oat hay and grass hay.
Its products are sold to the dairy, beef, horse, camel, goat and animal feed industries located in Asia and the Middle East. ACX plans to purchase hay products, such as Bermuda grass, directly from North Carolina farmers.
The match requested from Wayne County is $77,000.
Written comments about either project may be sent to Marcia R. Wilson, clerk to the board, P.O. Box 227, Goldsboro, NC 27533-0227 or Marcia.Wilson@waynegov.com.