December 21, 2017 – The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that the DHOLLANDIA MFG LLC will purchase approximately 16 acres from Gaston County in the Southridge Business Park in Bessemer City. Dhollandia plans an initial in-vestment of up to $26 million to construct an advanced manufacturing operation in Bessemer City, including the establishment of a North American corporate office. The potential for the investment to increase to $30 million should occur over the course of several capital invest-ment phases from calendar years beginning in 2018 through 2022. The company intends to create at least one hundred fifty new jobs with the potential to go up to 200. Dhollandia MFG LLC will hire people for a variety of job functions to include engineers, production workers and managers.
?We are very excited about this project and our intention is to make it the most modern factory in our group with high level technology and a training center for both internal training and training for end users ? we very much look forward to start the project and we believe that North-Carolina will prove to be a very supportive and reliable partner in the long term relationship we would like to establish ? said Lothar Burger, US CEO. The average wage across all positions will be higher than the current average wage because of the training and the level of people we are look-ing to hire. I would add that we look forward to working closely with the local community and engage with the Gaston Community College in starting an apprenticeship program!? he added.
Mr. Chad Brown, Chairman of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners said; ?We are excited to welcome the DHOLLANDIA MFG LLC to Gaston County. This is great news for our community, especially for Bessemer City.? He further stated, ?Dhollandia is a great addition to Gaston County. The recruitment of global companies was a key reason for the County?s extension of the road, water and sewer in the Southridge Business Park. If we are to compete for quality projects, Gaston County has to help provide the proper environment for busi-ness. We look forward to the next step of this project — the construction of the corporate office and advanced production facility.? Chairman Brown added, ?Gaston County will continue to provide support for Dhollandia through our EDC?s Existing Industry Program.?
?I am especially glad that the Southridge Business Park was chosen for the DHOL-LANDIA MFG LLC?s newest facility. Landing this project in Bessemer City shows that our small town can produce large outcomes with the partnership between the City, Gaston County EDC and all others involved. Bessemer City offers many amenities to businesses including our close proximity to Interstate 85 and the Char-lotte-Douglas International Airport. Bessemer City strives to offer businesses a prime environment and one that exemplifies small community character and hospi-tality. We believe our community is the best of both worlds with preserving our quaint character but also providing international businesses like DHOLLANDIA MFG LLC opportunities for success. This is the best present that any community could hope for during the season of Christmas? said Bes-semer City Mayor Becky Smith. Adding, ?On behalf of my fellow members of City Council, I want to officially welcome Dhollandia to the City with A Heart ? -Bessemer City. The Bessemer City community, including elected officials and City Staff show hospitality like no other; we are very excited for Dhollandia to be joining our growing business community. This is the culmination of many hours work on the part of many folks. The City consistently works with the County to provide a high level of service to attract quality companies. Our staff will continue to provide service beyond the first day of operation.? Mayor Smith added, ?Bessemer City understands the meaning of a life-long partnership with industry and our staff strives to provide the best service to all of our customers. We appreciate your choosing Bessemer City for your newest operation and want to make certain that your experience with Bessemer City is a positive one and like no other. We are looking forward to continuing to see Bessemer City grow.?
Mr. Fred Jackson, Chairman of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, stated, “As Chairman of the Gaston County EDC, I want to extend our sincere appreciation to DHOLLANDIA MFG LLC for locating their newest advanced manufacturing operation in Bessemer City and the establishment of a North American corporate office. We welcome them to our community and are grateful for their investment which is to create quality jobs in Gaston County. I would like to extend my deep-est thanks to the Gaston County Board of Commissioners, the Bessemer City Council and the staff of the Economic Development Commis-sion for their diligent work to make this happen.”
?In working with international firms, where trust must be gained, it is important to have a collab-orative effort to build long-term relationships. The Charlotte Regional Partnership is happy to have played a role in bringing those partnerships together. We welcome DHOLLANDIA MFG LLC to Charlotte USA and congratulate Gaston County on a job well done,? stated Mr. Ronnie Bryant, President and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.
The Gaston County Economic Development Commission would like to thank our partners in this successful industry location of the DHOLLANDIA MFG LLC ? the Gaston County Board of Commissioners, the Bessemer City Council, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA representing Alliance Real Estate, III; the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Char-lotte Regional Partnership, Duke Energy, EY of Charlotte, Cox-Schepp, Charlotte Research Institute at UNCC and Gaston College.
Mr. Donny Hicks, Executive Director
Gaston County EDC
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