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RSI Announces Expansion Plans

A Lincoln County company announced Tuesday plans to invest $3.5 million dollars to expand its assembly and distribution facility. RSI Home Products, Inc., which manufactures and distributes vanities, culture marble counter tops and medicine cabinets, plans to add 100,000 square feet to its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. This addition will increase the size of the facility to 420,000 square feet. The expansion will create 30 or more jobs, with an estimated starting wage of $9 an hour. Project developer, The Keith Corporation, is excited about RSI’s expansion plans. “We are pleased RSI continues to grow, and we are very happy to accommodate this growth in the Lincoln County Industrial Park,” Keith Corp. official Alan Lewis said. Lincoln County Commissioners recently approved an incentive package in order to entice the company to expand. The tax rebates passed by the board total $64,480, which will be paid out in installments over a five year period. Commission chairman Jerry Cochrane said incentives make a difference in a company’s decision to expand. “Lincoln County has a strong incentive program, and as a result, the county is experiencing growth while other counties are battling decline,” Cochrane said. “Incentive grants facilitate growth, and they are a cost effective investment for the county.” In 1998, RSI opened its downtown 360,000 square foot manufacturing plant on North Generals Blvd. The building formerly housed General Marble Corp. In 2000, ground was broken at the site of the 320,000 square foot East Coast distribution center in the industrial park. County commissioners offered RSI an incentive package for the $7.5 million investment. The Lincoln Economic Development Association encourages and supports the expansion of existing businesses. “The retention and expansion of existing industries is our No. 1 priority,” Laura Foor, existing business coordinator, said. “We are very happy and encouraged to see RSI’s continued growth and success in Lincoln County.” RSI is based out of Anaheim, California, and sells its products to Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and Home Depot.