Friday, October 12, 2012 —
I’ve made no bones about
where I stand.
I covered the news around here for eight and a half years, first with the SNAP, then with my blog, “Inside Stanly.”
Google “Inside Stanly” and read about the Yadkin Project or ALCOA and you’ll see where I stand.
My decision to run basically came from the Dec. 11 and 12 meetings of the EDC Board, which I covered.
Paul Stratos, who I consider a professional hire by the commissioners, one of the best hires they’ve had, worked diligently that night to try to get the EDC Board to come out and support the jobs - Clean Tech jobs - and they did not.
Then on Dec. 15, the commissioners walked from the Clean Tech jobs.
I’ve been told by people in this room tonight those jobs were not real. I disagree. In my view, the jobs were real.
Speaking with Tommy Gibson, who works at ALCOA, retired, he’s still there, he personally told me he worked with engineers at Clean Tech and the German machinery manufacturers.
First, they worked on a plan that would have put two furnaces in the plant.
Second, they worked on a plan that would have put four furnaces in the plant.
I come from an industrial background, Burlington Industries, 16 years.
You don’t spend all that money and work all those hours if you aren’t intentionally trying to do something.
The jobs were real. We walked from a $300 million investment and 450 jobs, and that’s why I’m running.
I want to change the momentum, I want to get us turned around, and when I get a chance, I’ll talk to you about Tucker Engineering in Locust.
I’ve been working with them. In five years, it’s going to be a major player in green energy and manufacturing.