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Mills River may get plant employing 26 people

Henderson County may be getting a new manufacturing plant that would employ 26 people after investing $3.2 million in construction and equipment.

The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight on a request from the plant, code named Project Red Company, that would build a $1.5 million plant furnished with $1.74 million in machinery and equipment, according to a public notice. The county would give back up to $51,564 in property tax payments over five years, including $11,655 the first year, as economic development incentives.

The public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor assembly room of the Historic Courthouse.

The Mills River Town Board last week authorized incentives of up to $2,248 over five years for the plant, which would be on N.C. 280 at Fanning Fields Road.

Project Red would be the second plant the Board of Commissioners would attempt to recruit with incentives. The board on Jan. 4 authorized tax incentives of up to $7.26 million in hopes of landing the GF Linamar plant, an auto industry manufacturer that would invest $217 million and hire 350 people at Ferncliff Industrial Park in Mills River.