By Abbi Overfelt
September 12, 2013
To the editor:
Mayodan, a small town in Richmond County, will add 470 jobs to its economy when a Connecticut manufacturer begins operation early next year.
The company purchased a vacant textile plant and will invest $ 4.25 million in improvements and $ 21.5 million in new machinery. More of the details can be read in Wednesday’s Laurinburg Exchange. Everyone knows how much industry Laurinburg and Scotland County have lost. The plants that once provided most of the jobs for us and surrounding communities have been sitting vacant for many years.
The crown jewel, Abbott Laboratories, which once employed at least 1,000 people, is going to waste. Mayodan’s population is 2,469 compared to Laurinburg’s 15,831. This raises the question, how can a small town like Mayodan attract a company with nearly 500 jobs when Laurinburg and Scotland County cannot?
The answer is actually simple. Do what Mayodan has done; provide incentives such as tax breaks, financial assistance from county and state government and employee training with the understanding that companies meet investment and job targets.
If we are serious about bringing jobs back to our communities, Mayodan should be our guide. It proves that a small town can be successful.