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Laurels: Henkel reinvestment to be commended

Laurel to Henkel Corp for choosing to reinvest in Salisbury and Rowan county for its new production line.

Henkel and the Rowan Economic Development Commission announced Monday it would bring an ultraviolet acrylic adhesive production line to its Salisbury plant on Cedar Springs Road. The company’s expansion plans include an investment of $45 million and the addition of up to 35 new jobs.

By 2023, the company will have an estimated 254 full-time employees if the expansion is successful, making it one of the top 10 private employers in the county.

We’re glad to see a local company choosing to expand its operations locally, and we hope that local officials, including the county’s economic development commission, will encourage existing businesses to consider sites in Rowan for expansion. Businesses that relocate to our community certainly shouldn’t be the only ones who receive tax incentives for adding jobs and making multi-million-dollar investments.

Laurel to the news that the Bell Tower Green is just 10 days from a groundbreaking and 12 days from the start of construction.

We think the park — to be built in the block contained by South Church, West Fisher, South Jackson and West Innes streets — will be a catalyst for an increase in downtown activity and a gem for Salisbury.

The park has raised $10 million so far, and still needs $2 million more to built out what’s needed for the master plan. We’re hopeful that the park’s momentum will continue and the fundraising goal will be met.

Laurel to the 71 candidates in 10 municipalities who filed for office in this year’s elections.

Their candidacies mean there will be competitive races in eight of Rowan County’s 10 municipalities. In the cities of China Grove, East Spencer, Granite Quarry, Landis, Rockwell, Salisbury and Spencer, voters will have a choice about who serves as the next mayor. (In Salisbury, the mayor is traditionally the top vote-getter). In Kannapolis, there’s no race for mayor on the ballot, but a plethora of candidates for city council.

From a small town to a big city, serving in public office is a tall task, with stressful moments for little pay. Candidates are to be commended for stepping up to serve in the top leadership roles in their towns.

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