For Immediate Release

Spartacraft Receives Building Reuse Grant to Aid in Expansion

Wood Products Company to Add a Minimum of 20 Jobs

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (August 21, 2015) – Spartacraft Custom WoodWorks has received a $200,000 Building Reuse grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. The company, which conducts finishing work on furniture and doors, as well as other furniture manufacturing endeavors, will add a minimum of 20 jobs as a result of the project. This is the fourth grant of this type received by a Burke County industry this year.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” said Spartacraft President Don Clark. “Our customers appreciate what we do and they are really pushing us to grow more. Their demands for quality and service are so high that we need the technology and infrastructure in our facility to deliver and meet their needs.”

The grant will support Spartacraft in various additions to their facility, which is located in Connelly Springs. Original construction of buildings on the property dates back to 1932. The grant funds will be used to install a dust collection system and spray booths, new lighting and a new air conditioning system.

Spatacraft underwent an expansion in August 2012 as a result of an 85 percent increase in sales. The company added manufacturing space during that time and added 12 jobs. The company has completed the requirements associated with that project and, as evidenced by this project, is continuing to expand.

“We’re excited to see Spartacraft continue to grow,” said BDI President Alan Wood. “We’re pleased that this is the second opportunity we’ve had to help them expand at this location. We hope to be a partner with them for many years.”

The Building Reuse Program provides grants and loans to local governments to renovate vacant buildings, renovate and/or expand a building occupied by an existing North Carolina company, and/or renovate, expand or construct health care facilities that lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs.

“We are happy to see a local company growing,” said County Manager Bryan Steen. “These projects are important as they provide job opportunities for our local citizens and continue to increase our tax base.”

Burke County provided the required local match for the grant, which was announced August 21 by North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and Assistance Secretary for Rural Development Dr. Patricia Mitchell. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) and Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) assisted with the grant.

“I love Burke County and am so glad that we can add these jobs,” said Clark. “We appreciate the support from the County and everyone at BDI, especially Hope Hopkins, who really helped us out and put the package together quickly.”

 

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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Contact:

Alan Wood

828.764.1818