Company eyes expansion in Trinity
Economic developers have asked the city of Trinity and Randolph County to assist a local business with an expansion.
Ennis-Flint, a Thomasville company that manufactures and distributes specialized paints and coatings used on roads and highways, has purchased a 25,000-square-foot facility in the Turnpike Industrial Park in Trinity.
The company plans to expand its research and development and manufacturing operation in a $5 million project expected to create 14 jobs. The new site would do business as Flint Trading Company and would make use of a building previously occupied by TD Custom Coating, a paint company that closed down a few years ago.
The site has no access to public sewer — a must if the expansion is to go forward on the scale the company desires. Officials will seek and federal and state grants to extend sewer to the building.
“It’s exciting and a very unique company,” said Bonnie Renfro, president of the Randolph County Economic Development Corp. “We’re working hard on it. This is such a fine company, and they really want to be in Trinity and put down roots.”
The Randolph County Board of Commissioners and Trinity City Council have scheduled public hearings next month to consider the grant applications. The city and county would each contribute $3,500 to the cost of the sewer project and the company would contribute $10,000.
The total cost of the sewer extension is estimated to be $325,000. The city has used grant funding to pay for sewer-related projects to facilitate expansions by several companies over the years.
“We’ve had really good luck with these kinds of things, and we need business here,” said City Councilwoman Karen Bridges.
Officials will apply for a federal Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $168,000 and a North Carolina Rural Center grant of $140,000 for the project.
Renfro said the company, which employs 146 people statewide, would like to obtain a building permit and temporary certificate of occupancy before the sewer extension is finished, which it can do while the grant application is pending.
Once the extension is complete, seven other businesses in the park will have sewer service, she said.
The project would be the third recent business expansion either planned or underway in Trinity.
Jowat Corp. is planning a $4.7 million expansion of its adhesive production plant on Uwharrie Road in a project that would create 14 jobs. Another adhesives manufacturer, Novamelt, is also adding to its facility in a project that will create 10 jobs.