County postpones incentives hearing

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 03:12 AM

It may take a few weeks longer for a Belgian company to get financing lined up for a High Point project.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners postponed Thursday a $113,000 incentive request from BuzziSpace to set up its U.S. manufacturing operations in the former Pickett Cotton Mill at 1200 Redding Drive in south High Point.
High Point Economic Development Corp. President Loren Hill asked commissioners to postpone the public hearing to Oct. 3. The company is progressing well with its plans, but needs more time, he said.
The company that designs and makes office furniture for corporate, institutional and health care clients is considering leasing the
100-year-old building for a project that would involve creating 113 jobs and investing $1.6 million.
If High Point is chosen, the operation could open in the Pickett Cotton Mill as soon as March 2014.
The High Point City Council on Monday authorized up to $162,000 in economic incentives. The state also may offer assistance.
High Point is being considered for the project along with two out-of-state locations, officials said earlier.
In other business:
• Commissioners on a 7-2 vote during a workshop decided to set aside an equity salary study that if approved could cost as much as $3.8 million for 640 county employees. Commissioners set aside about one-third of that amount in the county budget.
The review from Evergreen Resources of Florida cost $34,000. County Manager Marty Lawing said he would prefer starting with a classification study and then a market salary study before considering equity, or how salaries compare with comparable jobs within county government. Commissioners approved the survey after awarding late last year pay adjustments to 15 top administrators either hired by commissioners, elected by voters, or who report to the county manager or independent boards.
• Commissioners approved the purchase of 80 new Taser stun guns for the sheriff’s department to replace aging models for $136,427 to take advantage of a $9,600 trade-in credit.

Jobs: Two-thirds of the BuzziSpace jobs would be in manufacturing and distribution, with the remainder in customer service, office and management categories. The jobs would pay an average of $41,011.