Robeson County commissioners approve matching grants for airport work, local business expansions

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Robeson County commissioners have approved spending more than $200,000 in local matching funds for taxiway construction at the Lumberton Regional Airport.

Commissioners on Sept. 8 approved providing a match of $250,150 as part of a state grant to pay for the completion of the parallel taxiway for Runway 23 at the airport, The Robesonion reported.

“So, we have approximately $4.5 million for the state grant for that, but we do have a 10% match. That is up to the county and city,” airport manager said Gary Lewis told the commissioners. He said five percent of the match can be paid by the county and city at $250,150 each.

At the meeting, commissioners also voted to approve building reuse grant applications through the North Carolina Department of Commerce, supporting he expansion of several companies.

Red Springs-based Briarwood Custom Meats aims to expand its existing production to 2128 Marion Stage Road in Fairmont. The grant totals $200,000 and the county will provide a 5% match of $10,000. The business is a startup meat processing facility.

Air Production & Service Inc., of Pembroke, will expand to 4625 W. Fifth St. in Lumberton with a $140,000 grant, and the county will provide a $7,000 matching grant. The company is a service, parts and equipment group that provides maintenance support for industrial and railroad operations.

Harger Lightning & Grounding will expand production at 12779 N.C. 130 East in Fairmont using a $170,000 grant, for which the county will provide a $8,500 match. The company makes lightning protection and grounding equipment.

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