Project BART: a $25 million investment

Public hearing Jan. 22
Jan. 10, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

A local company may invest $25 million and create up to 50 jobs in Thomasville. Thomasville City Council on Jan. 22 will hold a public hearing regarding an economic incentive grant for Project BART.

 If approved, the company would receive a five-year economic incentive grant based on its investment and jobs created.

“It would be a $25 million investment in plant, equipment and machinery and they will create and maintain 50 jobs,” City Manager Kelly Craver said.

Councilman Neal Grimes said Project BART is an existing Thomasville company that wants to expand its operations.

“It's wonderful,” said Grimes. “It doesn't necessarily take over a vacant building. They will be doing expansion to an existing building and they're a very appreciated and respected business within the community right now. It shows their confidence in Thomasville and their business. We're just very pleased.”

Project BART continues a run of good economic news for the Chair City over the past year. Old Dominion announced plans to renovate its facility and significantly increase its workforce over the next decade, Unilin Flooring is adding 78,000 square feet to its location on Cloniger Drive, and Council recently awarded economic incentive grants to Mill-Chem and SV Plastics, a pair of companies looking to invest money and create jobs locally.

“If you go down the list of all the things that are going on around here, things are starting to look better,” Craver said. “We certainly are seeing some substantial investment in the community.”

The Davidson County Economic Development Commission will address Council at the Jan. 22 public hearing. Attempts to contact the EDC were unsuccessful as of press time Friday.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.