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First Groundbreaking at Airlie Business Park

Lincoln County, NC – Hydac, a German owned manufacturer of hydraulic filters, accumulators, valves and cooling systems to name a few celebrated the beginning of their construction with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, August 15.

Hydac purchased the first lot within the Airlie Business Park back in 2010 and will be the first company to occupy the park with a 54,000 square foot facility to include 9,000 square feet of mezzanine with offices being built by SC Hondros. After considering other locations within the region, Hydac became interested in Lincoln County and the vision of Airlie Business Park.

Lincoln County as a result of Hydac’s decision was able to obtain grants from the State of North Carolina in which provided the financial assistance necessary to complete Phase I of Airlie Business Park.

“HYDAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, a subsidiary of German based HYDAC INTERNATIONAL, with headquarters in Bethlehem PA since 1975, opened a Sales Office in Huntersville, NC in 2007. In 2010 we expanded and added an Engineering Office and started assembly and manufacturing in Denver, NC. Today, we are very excited to expand again in NC as we begin construction on a new manufacturing facility in Denver, NC for cooling systems.

HYDAC stands for worldwide presence and accessibility to our customer. With 7,000 employees, 50 overseas subsidiaries and 1,000 plus Sales and Service Partners worldwide, we are in close contact with our customers, providing engineered solutions, production support, expert installation and superior service. As HYDAC INTERNATIONAL celebrates its 50th year in 2013 and we have become one of the leaders in the Fluid Power Industry. We look forward to continued growth and success with the addition of the new facility in NC, which should be completed in early 2013.

We would like to thank Lincoln County Economic Development and the State of North Carolina for their support and for the good cooperation in getting this project started. We also would like to thank our Design-Builder SC Hondros & Associates for their good work in planning this new facility and we wish them best of luck during the facility construction and completion phase now.” Matthias Muller, President of Hydac.

“We welcome the start of this first facility in Airlie Park and Hydac’s recognition of the benefits of locating in Lincoln County and specifically in Airlie. The confidence exhibited by Hydac in being the first to locate in the Airlie Business Park is appreciated and will certainly lead to other high quality firms such as Hydac selecting this new and exciting location. Such growth will serve the people of Lincoln County by bringing new employment opportunities and the increased tax base necessary to meet current and future needs.” Tom Anderson, Board Chair of Lincoln Economic Development Association.

County Commissioner George Arena, “We are pleased to welcome Hydac to Lincoln County and to be the first tenant in our new Airlie Business Park. Hydac’s presence and the construction of their facility will be instrumental in helping us to market the remaining lots in Airlie, going forward.”

Sam Kleto, President SC Hondros, “We want thank Hydac for selecting SC Hondros to design and construct their facility, the Clark family and LEDA for their vision to develop the Airlie Business Park and the Lincoln county commissioners for doing what was needed to keep Hydac in Lincoln County and to help them bring this facility to reality.”

Crystal Gettys, Business Development Manager of Lincoln Economic Development Association, “I am excited to see Hydac breaking ground on their Lincoln County facility, I appreciate Hydac’s confidence in Lincoln County and Lincoln County’s confidence in Hydac. This groundbreaking and project will play a significant role in marketing the park to other companies such as Hydac.

About LEDA

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 growing stage 2 entrepreneurial companies.