By: Erin Smith
In the world of Economic Development, a vacant industrial building is generating interest in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. The building, known locally as the Vulcan AMP building, is being contemplated by at least four companies and possibly more, said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess.
The building measures a total of 30,750 sq. ft. with two 20 x 20 ft. drive-in doors and one 12 x16 ft drive in door, a loading dock, one 15 ton crane and one 2 ton crane and two fenced storage areas. The interior also features administrative offices, an engineering office wing, a break room and lab space for a total of 6,000 sq. ft.
He said four companies have been sent information on the building. Huestess said those companies are involved in different economic sectors as follows: two companies are involved in metal working, one company is involved in advanced textiles and the fourth company is involved in soaps.
Huestess said there are many people in the county who enjoy such things as welding and there are students who enjoy metal working. “We have the labor force for it. These tend to be high paying jobs,” said Huestess.
He said four additional companies have also been in contact with the Economic Development office and have sent representatives to the industrial park. Those companies are involved in the areas of metal working, assembly of parts, chemical manufacturing, and electrical generation and storage.
“One of those is no longer interested in the space,” said Huestess. The three other companies have seen the facility first-hand and one of those three has requested further information.
“This shows the importance of the building and the activity it is drawing,” said Huestess.