After 12 Years of Vacancy, Company Buys Shell Building in Columbus Co.

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It took a dozen years, but a shell building put up in Columbus County will soon have its first tenant -- a company called Maxpro, which county officials say will be investing lots of money in equipment and upgrades.

Gary Lanier, the economic director in Columbus County says that since there's never been a company in the building, Maxpro will spend nearly $2 million upgrading it.

"They'll be putting in a floor, sprinkler system, lighting, offices, bathrooms," said Lanier. "We're working with the Department of Commerce to bring in a grant to get water and sewer at the building."

Maxpro makes window films, which is tint that goes on windows.

 Lanier says that the county is looking at giving Maxpro an incentive grant of $160,000, which will be spread out over five years.

Maxpro is a company he believes will bring some economic stability.
 
"Window filming is a huge market that's continuing to grow every year," said Lanier. "The equipment is so large it has to be built on site. It's not the type of equipment you can pick up and move to Georgia or Virginia for an incentive."
 
Officials at Maxpro are looking to start production before March 2013.

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