Ad Spot

County, city approve grants for Pamlico Air expansion

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners and Washington City Council both recently approved performance-based grants that will provide a combined $140,000 in incentives for Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina’s Project River Breeze, Pamlico Air’s expansion into the manufacturing of HEPA air purifiers.

Pamlico Air will locate its high-efficiency air filtration division in Beaufort County’s Industry-Ready building on Page Road. Pamlico Air expects to invest $2.1 million in the facility and $950,000 in equipment, and 43 full-time jobs will be created with an average annual wage of $39,651. Those jobs will include engineers, shift managers, assemblers and administrative positions.

Over a 10-year period, Pamlico Air will pay approximately $160,000 in property taxes while using the facility, according to Beaufort County Economic Development Director Martyn Johnson. Pamlico Air chose Beaufort County as the expansion site rather than a location in Texas because of the incentives available on the state and local levels, Johnson added.

Pamlico Air already has its corporate headquarters in downtown Washington, but this would be the company’s first manufacturing plant in Beaufort County.

The County Commissioners last week approved a performance grant for $75,000, and the City of Washington approved on Monday a separate performance grant for $65,000. Both grants will be paid out over five years.

“An economic development performance grant only is paid after the city has collected property tax and any other liabilities that the company may owe the city,” Johnson said. “If jobs aren’t created or held for a time period specified — which is five years, plus one year because of the way property taxes work — the economic development performance grant would be returned to the city proportional to the number of jobs not created,” Johnson told the City Council on Tuesday. The same stipulations apply to the county’s grant.

The company has now been accepted for four incentive programs, two of them being the county and city grants. There’s also a $400,000 building renovation grant paid out over two years through the Community Development Block Grant, as well as a $120,000 grant paid out over three years by The One North Carolina Fund.

Johnson said a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Project River Breeze will likely happen in summer 2021.

Beaufort County

Beaufort County records 70th COVID-19-related death

Beaufort County

Health department announces additional COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Beaufort County

Rep. Kidwell to head pair of committees

Agriculture

Wildlife Commission to host virtual public hearing to review proposed rule changes for 2021-2022 season

Agriculture

Five-year statewide bird survey to begin in March

Agriculture

Got moles?

Beaufort County

Grant funds will help repair Turnage Theatre, Pantego Rosenwald School

Beaufort County

BCCC to livestream its third annual King celebration

Beaufort County

Health department hopes for increased vaccine allotment as NC expands eligibility

Beaufort County

More than 1,000 Beaufort County residents vaccinated

News

Washington ponders next step in Moss East development plan

Columns

Bringing Washington’s history to life

Beaufort County

Small business and real estate classes coming up

Beaufort County

New boatbuilding professor brings industry experience

Coronavirus

Hyde County COVID-19 update

Beaufort County

COVID-19 and flu stats at a glance

Beaufort County

Former Washington mayor remembered as respected leader, teacher

News Main

Latest 15th Street concept doesn’t include widening

Beaufort County

Local school temporarily switches to virtual learning

Belhaven

Belhaven plans Caboose Public Garden

Belhaven

Belhaven holds two public hearings focused on town progress

Beaufort County

Deed Transfers: Dec. 27, 2020-Jan. 2, 2021

Chocowinity

Chocowinity Police Department: Jan. 3-9, 2021

Beaufort County

Sheriff’s Office charges suspect in fatal shooting