NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– New Hanover County is considering offering an incentive package to a company who left Wilmington almost a decade ago.
National Gypsum closed its plant back in 2009, but now a return and brighter future could be in store. New Hanover County may offer an incentive to bring them back to town.
“We’re always looking to increase job opportunities so we can attract all types of workers. But for me in particular younger people coming to our community as well, but want to stay here and make this a very vibrant community,” New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield said.
Barfield said he is all for the incentive. The package would offer National Gypsum $350,000 over five years in annual payments of $70,000 to reopen and operate the existing facility.
“Wouldn’t it be great to see more jobs come to our community to add to our tax base, to let families enjoy the greatness that New Hanover County has to offer,” Barfield said.
Even though the incentive is not a done deal, New Hanover County resident Jess Reedy said she likes the idea of more jobs coming to the area.
“I feel like if the city is willing to really fight for them to be here, then it must have been a positive thing when they were here in the early 2000s,” Reedy said.
The county notice said the plant would create 51 jobs with an average salary of more than $50,000, something Barfield thinks could bloom.
“What that means for them and their families, being able to go out and buy home, buy a car, eat in restaurants you know. Shop in our grocery stores and adding to the over all tax base which is much bigger than the dollars that will be given or rebate back to those folks in terms of a tax incentives,” Barfield said.
Barfield said they are competing for this against other cities in the country, but is confident in what the Port City has to offer.
A public hearing on the proposed package is planned for February 19 at 9:00 a.m.