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foundation President Dan Gerlach says, noting that part of Golden LEAF's mission is to help communities affected by the decline of the tobacco industry. The foundation also saw an opportu- nity to lend valuable assistance to an increasingly important business in North Carolina: automotive-compo- nents manufacturers. The state's automotive, truck and heavy-equipment manufacturing sector boasts 160 companies and employs more than 17,000 workers, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. The prospect of continued growth was one reason Golden LEAF gave money to the project. "It was a very ambitious grant," Gerlach says. One key moment in Pittsburgh Glass Works' yearlong recruitment was a trip made in February by local and state leaders to a plant in Tipton, Pa. John- son, Hutchens, Tucker and other local leaders joined Melissa Smith, Greens- boro-based regional marketing represen- tative for the N.C. Department of Commerce, on the journey. Pittsburgh Glass Works executives coordinated the tour of operations they aimed to replicate in the new factory. "We got to see what advanced manufac- turing is all about," says Leslie Schlender, an economic developer in Elkin. "It was hugely technical." The tour included briefings by company officials, and group members were allowed to chat with workers and ask questions. "There was joint interest in our seeing firsthand what we were all talking about," Tucker says. "It's one thing to talk about a project but another to talk to the people who were actually doing the work, to look at what's involved in that kind of manufac- turing process and view the products coming out." ;HUNSL^VVK +L]LSVWTLU[ 33* -LH[\YLK 7YVWLY[PLZ ;(5.3,>66+ +,=,3674,5; 33* Pasquotank Co. 3 Elizabeth City 3 Near Hwy 17 12,000 sq.ft. 3 Commercial site Pitt Co. 3 Farmville 3 Near US 264-Alt 28,800 sq.ft. 3 Industrial site 70;; .9,,5, :/,33 Near US Hwy 64, I-95 3 152 Acres 3 Industrial site 205.:)696 365. :0;, Edgecombe Co. 3 Rocky Mount ;90(5.3, 569;/ -9(52305 *6<5;@ Franklin Co. 3 Louisburg 3 Near Hwy 401 33,900 sq.ft. 3 Industrial site 90*/465+ *6<5;@ :/,33 )<03+05. Richmond Co. 3 Rockingham 3 Near US Hwy 74 40,000 sq.ft. 3 Industrial site MOVE-IN READY SHELL BUILDINGS MAKE NORTH CAROLINA AN EASY CHOICE. North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives has a growing list of shell buildings available immediately. Let us assist you with site and building selection. All buildings are set in ideal locations with favorable fi nancing available for properly qualifi ed businesses. Contact Eddie Miller for more information at And view complete property listings at UJLSLJ[YPJJVVWLYH[P]LZ JVT KL]LSVWTLU[

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