Nice Blends Soon To Open
As reported by The News Reporter, Nice Blends will soon begin its operation in Columbus County. The Columbus County Board of Commissioners agreed recently to seek $115,000 in Building Reuse & Restoration Grant assistance from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center on behalf of Nice Blends for needed improvements.
Columbus County Economic Developer Gary Lanier said the company was faced with additional costs when it came to needed fire suppression upgrades at the newly purchased facility located in Southeast Industrial Park off Chadbourn Highway near Whiteville.
“The expense was significant,” Lanier said, adding that the firm wants to add additional washing facilities that would enable the purchase of locally grown sweet potatoes.
“They already have $3 million invested in this facility,” Lanier said.
While the company is eligible for local and state incentives, Lanier said Nice Blends has not received any financial incentives but is employing nine people locally.
Lanier said the company expects to employ as many as 45 and be fully operational by mid-December.
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