Burlington Industries to invest $2 million, add up to 10 jobs

By Kevin Spradlin

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Manager Rick Sago and the Board of County Commissioners on Monday announced that Burlington Industries is expected to invest another $2 million at its Cordova facility.

county_logoIn addition, up to 10 jobs are to be added within 24 months, which qualifies Burlington for the county’s economic development grant program through which the company will receive 50 percent of its property taxes on the new investment for the next five years. That could be a savings of $8,100 to the company.

It’s the fourth major job creation announcement, following:

* Sept. 5: Affordable Hosiery to open in Ellerbe
* Sept. 9: Enviva wood pellet plant
* Sept. 15: Solar project coming to Derby

Combined, Sago said, the four announcements reflect $209 million in investments with approximately 100 new jobs. That doesn’t include the grand opening of the new resource center by Piedmont Natural Gas, for which a ribbon-cutting ceremony was staged last week.

“That’s in the last five months,” Sago said. “We had a pretty good fall and are starting out this year well. Hopefully we’ll have some more announcements before too long.”

International Textile Group does business as Burlington Industries in Cordova.

“I am excited about these manufacturing improvements and the investment being made in Cordova,” said Ed Cox, plant manager. “I am proud of the work of our employees and the positive impact this has for both ITG and Richmond County.”

Board of Commissioners Chairman Kenneth Robinette said the Cordova plant has been part of Richmond County’s textile manufacturing base since 1980.

“It is very good news that despite the challenges of foreign competition, this operation has survived and is now adding additional capacity in the way of new jobs and increased machinery investment,” Robinette said. “We are truly grateful to have ITG in Richmond County.”

Commissioner Don Bryant agreed that good news is — well, good news. But there’s something more to it.

“Any industrial expansion announcement is great news, but to see one of our textile manufacturers adding investment gives us a sense of pride that we still have a strong textile industry in Richmond County,” Bryant said. “We believe this is a testament to the business friendly environment we have created in Richmond County, as well as providing the infrastructure to support industry.”

Other partners who helped make this announcement possible are Richmond County Economic Development, and Richmond Community College.

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