“Build it and they will come” is a classic line from the motion picture Field of Dreams but that mantra has brought a new industry to Alexander County.
Alexander County Economic Development Director David Isenhour addressed the County Commissioners Tuesday night and confirmed that a new company is locating in the Alexander Industrial Park. Borealis Compounds, a supplier of plastic materials for the automotive industry will invest $15 million and add 37 new jobs to the local economy. Average salary for the new jobs will be over $40,000 per year, far surpassing the local average of $30,361. The company is headquartered in Vienna, Austria and has nearly 7,000 employees around the world.
Ben Zachary of Alexander Railroad was instrumental in the company locating in Taylorsville. Zachary and his company had a vision and took the initiative a couple years ago to construct a shell building in the Alexander Industrial Park with no tennant in hopes that one could be lured by the building being ready and the railroad access. It paid off, Borealis is coming.
Economic Development Director David Isenhour was lauded by the Commissioners last night for his efforts to recruit the new company. North Carolina Representative Lee Zachary ( not related to Ben Zachary) said “Many partners came together to support Borealis’ selection of Alexander County.” North Carolina State Senator Any Wells added “Borealis is bringing new jobs and new investment to a community that deserves it.” Governor Roy Cooper offered “North Carolina is known for it’s vibrant network of automotive suppliers, and Borealis is a welcome addition.”
Plans are for the company to begin fitting the structure for their needs prior to end of the year but there is no definite date as yet.
For information on Borealis click on this link:http://www.borealisgroup.com/