The month of October has been celebrated as Manufacturing Month. The Lincoln Economic Development Association celebrated local industries in a gathering at Vesuvius Vineyard. The Industrial Managers Association held a forklift rodeo, and student from area schools got to tour local industries and learn about good-paying jobs that are available locally.
Lincoln County manufacturing is growing. Multiple tax incentive grants were approved recently by Lincoln County Commissioners. As we've noted before, those grants aren't money given to the industries. They're a portion of the additional money they pay in taxes because of expansions returned to them over a few years.
Local industries provide jobs and pay taxes that support local governments and schools services to the community. Before the month ends, we wanted to recognize all of our industries and thank them for what they do for the community. Additionally, many of them are contributors to local charities and other non-profit programs. But perhaps most important of what they do for us is the jobs they provide. We won't mention them all, but Lincoln County's top 10 industrial employers are American Woodmark. The cabinet maker on Lincoln Parkway in the Industrial Park north of Lincolnton has over 700 employees.
The Timken Company at Iron Station provides over 550 jobs. Most know, but for those who don't, their principal product is tapered roller bearings.
Robert Bosch Corporation on Indian Creek Road employs some 450 people. They make power tools, rotary tools and accessories, as well as lawn and garden equipment.
Blum, Inc. on Old Plank Road in southeastern Lincoln County currently has over 425 employees, but they've just announced another expansion. They make functional hardware for the cabinet industry.
Cataler North America on Cataler Drive in the Industrial Park employs over 400. They make emission-control catalysts for some of the world’s largest automobile producers.
LeeBoy, at 500 Lincoln County Pkwy. Ext. in the Industrial Park has over 300 employees. They produce asphalt pavers, road brooms, chip spreaders, distributors, force-feed loaders, motor graders, patchers, and road wideners.
Medline, at 917 E. Powell Drive is the building you see from the Maiden Highway as you pass Finger Mill Road. They have over 275 employees. They're a local distribution center for an Illinois-based manufacturer of medical supplies and equipment.
Husky Rack & Wire at 6146 Denver Industrial Park Road, Denver, employs over 225 people. They make metal and wire racks for storage.
ACTEGA North America on Technology Drive just off Lithia Inn Road also employs over 225. They are a local manufacturing facility for a global provider of products for the printing and graphics arts industry including water-based and energy curable coatings, inks and adhesives.
Cosette Pharmaceuticals at 1877 Kawai Road west of Lincolnton employs over 200 in their production of pharmaceutical products including
creams, ointments, lotions, solutions, gels, pastes and suppositories.
Aptar, at 3300 Finger Mill Road in the Industrial Park also employs over 200 people. They produce dispensers, applicators, pumps, droppers, prefilled syringe components and other packaging products.
Tree Brand Packaging, Inc. at 7971 Graham Road, Denver, also provides some 200 jobs. They make wooden packaging including pallets, skids, crates and boxes.
Back in the 1990s and for many years before, most of Lincoln County's industries were textiles. Furniture manufacturing was also a part of the local industrial scene.
Recently, Sparty Mill opened in a refurbished mill on Bonview Avenue in Lincolnton, returning textiles to the local industrial scene.
Today, Lincoln County's industries are varied as you can see from our list of the 'top 10.' As a farewell to Manufacturing Month, we salute local industries. Thank you for all you do for our county.