April 19, 2021, Lincoln County, NC –
Lincoln Economic Development Association officially announce Hodges International/H2 Home Collection has chosen Lincoln County, NC for relocation of its US operations and manufacturing headquarters. Presented at the April 19, 2021 Lincoln County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, commissioners approved incentives for Hodges International’s planned investment of $7,000,000 million dollars with $5.9 million qualifying for incentives under the Lincoln County Industrial Incentive Program.
Having been severely affected by supply chain disruption during the Covid pandemic, Deanna Hodges, owner, determined early into last year’s shut-down a strategy change would be necessary to have full oversight and control of all future business concerns. Hodges started the site selection process focused on select middle and southern state, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In addition to choosing a strategic location, the had an intended desire to locate and rehabilitate an older building (hoping with historical context) and within a HUD zone (beneficial for government contracting). Lincoln County was able to meet the selection demands and almost a year later, Hodges International now claims Lincoln County as its home.
The property chosen at 215 Bonview Avenue, Lincolnton, has a rich history in the community and specifically in textile production. The property over the years has been associated with nearly a dozen textile companies since built as the Willowbrook Manufacturing Company in ca. 1889. Acquisition and expansion in the 1950’s by the Duplan Corporation extended the building’s footprint which currently stands at over 100,000 square feet. The building has been left unoccupied and weathered since the early 1990’s. Rehabilitation and improvements will be managed in phases, but the project plans to begin hiring for the initial stage of production as soon as renovations are complete to the first 10,000 square feet.
Cliff Brumfield, Executive Director Lincoln Economic Development Association, offered his congratulations. “This represents a wonderful opportunity for not only the company but our community through the renovation of this historic property. My sincere appreciation to all involved and congratulations to Hodges International.”
Lincoln Economic Development Association is a private, 501c(3) non-profit corporation charged with facilitating industrial and office development in Lincolnton and Lincoln County. LEDA’s mission is to foster an economic environment that promotes an enhancement of the standard of living by creating more and better jobs for the citizens of Lincolnton and Lincoln County and an increased and diversified tax base to provide needed community services. The organization’s goals include retention and expansion of existing business; attraction of diversified base industries, improvement of the overall business climate within Lincolnton and Lincoln County and the growth of stage two entrepreneurial companies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lincoln Economic Development Association
502 East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 704-732-1511 ext. 3