Halifax County commissioners Monday night accept three One North Carolina Fund grants for the expansion of two industries and the startup of another.
The state has awarded grants to AirBoss Rubber Solutions, Reser’s Fine Foods and JBB Packaging.
State funds to AirBoss total $125,000 with a previously approved $120,000 match from the county, the board’s attorney, Glynn Rollins, said.
The state approved a grant of $250,000 for Reser’s with a local match of $200,000. JBB received a $150,000 state grant with a local match of $330,000.
Rollins said the local matches are for a five-year period.
All the grants are contingent upon the industries hitting specific employment retention and other goals, according to information contained in the agenda packet for the meeting Monday night.
Although not local funds, public hearings were required for each One North Carolina Fund project, Rollins said.
William Hodge, representing the Coalition for Education and Economic Security, spoke during the public hearing, which covered all three projects.
“I congratulate you on supporting local companies,” he said.
He criticized the county for not providing the local match figures in any of the supporting documents.
Despite his contention, Hodge said, “We thank you for the opportunity to bring in new business.”
Commissioners accepted the grant funds unanimously.
The state announced the Reser’s expansion and JBB Packaging opening in the former Flambeau building in Weldon’s Becker Industrial Park in November while the AirBoss expansion was announced in December.
The Reser’s expansion in the Halifax Industrial Center off Highway 903 is expected to create 79 jobs over the next 5 years.
The company plans to invest $3.2 million in Halifax with the project.
The company will expand capacity by investing in new equipment at its existing plant, and increase the site’s workforce by nearly 40 percent over the next five years.
JBB Packaging LLC, a plastic packaging manufacturer, will open a new plastic film manufacturing facility in Halifax County, creating 50 jobs. The company plans to invest $11 million in Weldon with the project.
JBB Packaging will recycle plastics and produce flexible packaging and garment bags.
AirBoss of America Corp. selected Halifax County for an expansion of its current facility, adding 42 new jobs.
The company plans to invest $5.2 million in Scotland Neck with the project.
AirBoss develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, proprietary rubber-based products to various industries, including automotive, heavy industry, construction and infrastructure, oil and gas, and defense.
AirBoss was founded in 1989 and has been in business in Scotland Neck since 2005 after signing a letter of intent in 2004.