Carroll to make economic development announcement

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The county is planning an economic development announcement at the industrial park on Sept. 25.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials are planning an economic development announcement for next week, according to invitations issued on Wednesday.
The invitation sent out to community leaders and local media says that the Carroll Board of Supervisors, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority and “special guests” will be on hand for the event on Sept. 25 at 11:30 a.m.
The announcement will be made at the Carroll County Industrial Park.
The county has provided no details of what the announcement might entail, but Hillsville officials indicated last year that the town was one of two possible locations being considered by a nationally known screen printing company.
Mayor Greg Crowder and town council member David Young met with representatives of the firm in 2012, and confirmed then that the unnamed company was looking at Martinsville and a site in the county’s industrial park in Hillsville.
There has been no further information about the prospect released since August 2012, but Crowder said recently that a decision from the company was imminent.
Last summer, Crowder said that if the company chose to locate in Hillsville, it could mean the creation of up to 40 jobs and a capital investment of between $1 million and $2.5 million, depending on whether it buys or leases a building.
The mayor said in 2012 that the future availability of natural gas in Carroll helped put Hillsville in the running. Now, a year later, that gas service is under the county’s control and ready to connect to local industrial customers.
If the screen printer is the pending announcement, Crowder said he’s had a 12-year relationship with the company. When the mayor heard the business wanted to move, he said he personally contacted them to lobby for Hillsville.