Woodgrain Expanding in North Carolina
Woodgrain Millwork, the producer of mouldings, doors and windows, plans to invest $8 million over the next five years in a new facility in Lenoir, N.C., according to a press release from the Gov. Bev Perdue. The company, which employs about 180 people in two existing North Carolina facilities, plans to create 170 jobs at the new operation.
"The decision to open a facility in Caldwell County was based on the access to a workforce with wood manufacturing experience from the furniture industry, as well as the strategic location within our southeast distribution coverage area,” says Kelly Dame, Woodgrain Millwork CEO. “The expansion of Woodgrain Millwork with this state of the art facility is a direct result of our partnership with the various North Carolina State Agencies. Woodgrain is pleased to invest with the State of North Carolina on continued job growth and economic development for the county and state.”
“I’m very pleased that Woodgrain Millwork is expanding its presence in North Carolina by opening a new facility in Caldwell County,” says Rep. Edgar Starnes of Hickory, N.C. "It’s a testament to our skilled and dedicated workforce that this company thrives in North Carolina and expands its investments here.”
The project was made possible in part by a $635,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, a state program designed to help local governments attract businesses into their areas. “My top priority is creating jobs,” notes Gov. Perdue. “Our investments in education and workforce development programs have created a strong business climate that allows manufacturers to thrive in a global economy.”