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RSI Home Products to Add 150 New Jobs and Invest .2 Million to Expand Manufacturing Facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park.

Thursday, July 7, 2005

RSI Home Products, Inc. announced today it will expand its manufacturing facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. The company will more than double the current 200,000 square foot facility by adding an additional 225,000 square feet. This will bring the company’s total square footage in Lincoln County to over 1.1 million square feet. The expansion will represent an investment of $9,250,000 and create at least 150 new jobs in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County commissioners demonstrated their continued support of economic development by offering RSI an incentive package in June. The company will receive approximately $197,000 in incentives, which will be paid out in equal installments over a five year period. Tom Anderson, chairman, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners commented, “We are very pleased that the efforts we have made over these last few years to encourage RSI Home Products to look favorably on Lincoln County as a place where they could prosper have once again borne fruit. This further expansion by RSI will strengthen our local economy and further our efforts to show other potential employers that Lincoln County is truly a business friendly location. We thank RSI for their continuing commitment to Lincoln County and the jobs they provide. We look forward to their continuing partnership with Lincoln County and the positive impact of that partnership.”

The Keith Corporation will develop the expansion and lease to RSI along with the other 620,000 sq. ft. currently leased by RSI in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Alan Lewis, industrial development partner with The Keith Corporation commented, “RSI’s growth continues to positively impact Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Industrial Park. It is a pleasure to be associated with them in the development of these facilities.

Lincoln Economic Development Association’s (LEDA) top priority is the retention and expansion of existing industry. “Over the last year, Lincoln County has seen tremendous growth from our existing industrial base,” stated Laura Foor, existing business coordinator for LEDA. “Blum, Timken, Robb & Stucky, Hof Textiles and RSI have all announced expansions. This is proof-positive of why we make working with existing industry our main objective.”

RSI has experienced tremendous success in Lincoln County. Currently the company operates four facilities in the county. It has a manufacturing plant and distribution center in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, a semi-custom division and a marble facility on Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. The company employs approximately 1,000 individuals, making it Lincoln County’s top industrial employer. Robert Hunter, director, east coast manufacturing commented, “RSI is excited about the growth opportunities here in Lincoln County. The city and people in the surrounding area make it possible for us to continue to expand and accomplish great things. We are looking forward to continued success of RSI within Lincoln County.”

RSI is headquartered in Anaheim, California and manufactures and distributes vanities, cultured marble counter tops and medicine cabinets and is a major supplier to Lowe’s Home Improvement and The Home Depot.

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