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Specialty Products looks to add jobs with help of grant

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The job market in the town of Elizabethtown will soon by growing thanks to a Building Reuse grant. The N.C. Department of Commerce announced on Friday that the town of Elizabethtown received a $200,000 Building Reuse grant to be used for the “renovation of a 164,976 square foot building to benefit Specialty Product Technologies, bringing 20 new jobs to the county.”

According to the release, Specialty Product Technologies plans to “set up a new assembly line to manufacture parts for water meter products.  The public investment is attracting $578,000 in private-sector investment.”

Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said that many people are not familiar with the name Speciality Product Technologies. He said instead, many Bladen County residents know the company by its former names Danaher or Veeder Root. He said the company finished celebrating 50 years in business in Elizabethtown.

“We’re aware the grant was approved,” said Heustess, but he also noted that he could not elaborate on specifics of the project.