With today’s official announcement by Charlotte Pipe of the company’s intentions to build a new foundry in Oakboro, Stanly County officials were quick to react and show their support.
The county office issued a press release regarding the news of the 119-year-old company’s plans to move its main foundry from uptown Charlotte to Oakboro.
In the statement, Oakboro Mayor Joyce Little said the town was “extremely happy” to welcome Charlotte Pipe.
“We look forward to working with them as they transition to Oakboro and to the years going forward. This is such an exciting time for us. I am sure we will have a great working relationship as we both want what is best for the Town and Charlotte Pipe and Foundry,” Little said in the statement.
Matthew Swain, chairman of the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, expressed the board’s reaction to the company’s announcement.
“Charlotte Pipe’s investment and job creation will transform our local economy. The multiplying effect of this investment will spur more private sector investments and further grow our economy. On behalf of the Board, we sincerely appreciate Charlotte Pipe’s decision and look forward to forging a strong public-private partnership to strengthen Stanly County’s economic position and workforce for many years to come,” Swain said in the statement.
The commissioners and the county’s Economic Development Commission joined with Oakboro to extend gratitude to the state assembly and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, along with Secretary Anthony (Tony) Copeland and the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Rural Infrastructure Authority, the North Carolina Railroad, the North Carolina Community College System, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Duke Energy, Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway, Golden Leaf Foundation, For Stanly, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
EDC Chairman Cindy Beane said it was exciting for the EDC board to see the project come to fruition after the process of bringing the company to Stanly began several years ago.
“This will provide a huge boost to the economy of our community and surrounding counties, and will definitely improve our community pride and confidence! It is an honor to welcome such a well-respected company to Stanly County.”