Commissioners agree to help with Kannapolis business relocation

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, June 7, 2016

By Josh Bergeron

SALISBURY — A Kannapolis-based company hopes to add 20 new jobs with a bit of help from Rowan County commissioners.

Aldo Products, which makes roof-coating items, plans to purchase and renovate a building located in Whitney Business Park, near the intersection of Grace Church Road and Camp Road. The company plans to add 20 new jobs with an average wage of $37,855 as part of the renovation and relocation. Aldo currently employs 13 people at its facility on North Main Street in Kannapolis.

As part of the renovation, Aldo Products would also be filling a building that’s been vacant for a number of years.

By approving a resolution on Monday, commissioners did their part to help the renovation move along. As part of the resolution, Rowan County agreed to arrange $16,000 in local funds be provided to Aldo’s relocation. However, a letter from Rowan Works Economic Development Director Robert Van Geons says $9,046.75 is the minimum amount Rowan County would need to provide.

Commissioner Craig Pierce proposed the money come from revenue generated by a recently implemented tax on services such as car repairs.

The resolution passed unanimously and with relatively little discussion among commissioners.

In addition to the county’s support, Aldo Products also hopes to secure $180,935 in grant funds from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The total renovation of the Whitney Business Park building and relocation of Aldo Products would require $1.5 million. Most of the money would come from private businesses, according to a grant application.

In other business from Monday’s meeting:

• Commissioners approved the sale of a piece of property in Speedway Business Park, located near Peach Orchard Road’s exit with Interstate 85.

California-based EGV Associates LLC offered Rowan County $105,000 for a tract of land that measures 10.68 acres. It’s slightly less than the tax value of the land, which is $114,838.

Commissioners approved the sale to EGV Associates with a condition that 90 days be allowed for the company to perform due diligence on the land.

• By a 3-2 count, commissioners voted to allow a rodeo at 1025 Barringer Road to exceed the county’s noise ordinance on July 2 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

There was no discussion among commissioners on Monday about the matter, but during a previous meeting a similar request turned out a number of people who spoke against the permit.

Pierce and commissioners Vice Chairman Jim Greene voted against the permit during Monday’s meeting.

• Commissioners reappointed Richard Daryl Cox to a four-year term on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College board of trustees.

• Commissioners voted to allow county staff to begin exploring the possibility of providing broadband internet service to parts of rural Rowan.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.