Economic Development News September 17, 2020

Double Win for The Charlotte Region

This week we saw two economic investment announcements in the Charlotte Region. The first was in Catawba County; Crate & Barrel announced their plans to develop a new regional warehouse and distribution center in Newton. The company intends to invest $38.5 million in constructing and equipping the facility and create 150 jobs by the end of 2022. The second announcement was in Lancaster County. ClickFold Plastics announced their plans invest $15 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Indian Land. The new facility is projected to be online by the fourth quarter of 2021 and will create over 20 new jobs.  


Crate and Barrel to invest $38.5 million and create 150 jobs in Newton Corporate Center

NEWTON, N.C. – Euromarket Designs, Inc., an Illinois corporation, d/b/a Crate and Barrel, plans to develop a new 736,000 square foot regional warehouse and distribution center in Newton, Catawba County with The Keith Corporation. The company intends to invest $38.5 million in constructing and equipping the facility and create 150 jobs by the end of 2022 on a 69-acre site in front of the Target distribution center on Highway 10. 

“We’re incredibly excited about this move,” said Tim Stover, SVP of Supply Chain for Crate and Barrel. “We're always looking for ways to innovate and build for the future. Our Newton facility will streamline order fulfillment for customers and accelerate our sustainability commitments as a company.” 

“Catawba County’s continued economic growth is one of our top priorities," said Randy Isenhower, chair, Catawba County Board of Commissioners. “Crate & Barrel joins a long list of companies who are benefitting from Catawba County’s desirable distribution location. We welcome their commitment to creating jobs for our talented workforce that will further strengthen our local economy.” 

"We are thrilled to welcome Crate and Barrel to Newton,” said Mayor Eddie Haupt. “Newton works hard to maintain its excellent reputation as a home to leading industries and businesses, and we are excited to begin this new venture with Crate and Barrel and The Keith Corporation as they establish a regional distribution facility in the Newton Corporate Center.  We appreciate their recognition that the City of Newton provides great opportunities through our City’s talented workforce and outstanding utility service.  We look forward to growing with Crate and Barrel for many years to come.” 

"Being strategically located is of crucial importance for both manufacturing and distribution companies,” adds Garrett Hinshaw, Chair of Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and President of Catawba Valley Community College.   “Newton Corporate Center is not only located in the middle of one of the most robust furniture manufacturing areas in the nation with a strong workforce development pipeline in Catawba County, it is also located along a strong transportation backbone that connects Interstates 40 and 85, making it particularly attractive for logistics projects such as Crate & Barrel."   

Local incentives will be considered for the project at public hearings by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and Newton City Council. 

Media Contacts: 
Crate and Barrel 
Jill Assad 
847-239-6181 
[email protected] 

Catawba County Economic Development Corporation 
Julie Pruett 
828-267-1564 
[email protected]              


$1.5 Million Investment Will Create 21 New Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. –ClickFold Plastics, a custom plastics manufacturer, today announced plans to establish operations in Lancaster County. The $1.5 million investment will create 21 new jobs.  

Founded in 2000, ClickFold Plastics designs and manufactures custom plastic parts including enclosures, housings, covers and panels, utilizing a proprietary process that eliminates the need for molds and tooling. 

Located in Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Indian Land, ClickFold Plastics’ new facility will be company-owned and include 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space to increase capacity. 

The new facility is projected to be online by the fourth quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the ClickFold Plastics team should call 844-649-8665 or email [email protected].  

QUOTES 

ClickFold Plastics’ new facility will provide us with a much more conducive location and layout for our operation. We’ve experienced strong growth over the past 20 years, and the need for a new building had become paramount. Our growth to Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Lancaster County provides us with easy access to two interstates and Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which are critical to our efficiency. The outstanding support the county and state economic development teams provided us with site selection, development issues and incentives was instrumental in ClickFold’s location decision and will allow us to open quickly and economically. We look forward to being in the building early next year.” -ClickFold Plastics CEO and Founder Patrick Oltmanns 

 “Today’s announcement is another win for South Carolina as we celebrate ClickFold Plastics’ decision to invest and create new jobs in Lancaster County. We look forward to watching this company establish and grow within our borders.” -Gov. Henry McMaster 

“All around South Carolina, businesses of all types are thriving, and today’s announcement by ClickFold Plastics is a testament to that. We congratulate this company and look forward to their continued growth for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“Lancaster County is pleased and excited that we will be the new home for ClickFold Plastics. Our excellent business climate and skilled workforce that supports a variety of manufacturers will be a significant benefit to ClickFold as they grow their operations. We welcome ClickFold to our community and greatly appreciate their decision to choose Lancaster County.” -Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper 

ClickFold Plastics is an impressive company and I can’t wait to see them producing parts here in 2021. Mr. Oltmanns represents the type of visionary entrepreneur and business leader that has become synonymous with Lancaster County and made us a premier location for companies seeking to turn ‘their big dreams into realities.’ Lancaster County’s incredibly strong manufacturing sector will be getting a bit stronger with the addition of ClickFold Plastics.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Jamie Gilbert 

FIVE FAST FACTS 

* ClickFoldPlastics is establishing operations in Lancaster County. 
* The $1.5 million investment will create 21 new jobs.  
* ClickFold Plastics is a custom plastics manufacturer. 
* Located in Bailes Ridge Corporate Park in Indian Land, S.C. 
* Individuals interested in joining the ClickFold Plastics team should call 844-649-8665 or email [email protected]


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