Job and economy boost in Gastonia pipeline

November 4, 2013 by  

Thanks to the city’s decision to build Gastonia Technology Park (GTP), our local economy will soon receive a boost.

Owens Corning is building an advanced manufacturing plant at GTP to research, develop, and manufacture products for its glass fiber division. When completed in late 2014, the facility is set to employ about 110 people here in Gastonia. Corning’s initial investment is estimated at $120m with construction to start before the end of 2013.

The Vice Chairman of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners, Tracey Philbeck, said:

“The recruitment of world class firms was the main objective for the county to invest in the development of the GTP. We knew that if we were to compete for quality projects, Gaston County had to provide a truly world class setting.”

Gastonia Technology Park encompasses 422-acres owned by Gaston County and is designated a NC Certified, Class A site. GTP provides a campus-like environment with extensive landscaping, sidewalks and street trees. Individual sites are shovel-ready and can be accessed by two convenient park entrances. The park contains abundant electrical and fiber optic services.

Owens Corning’s selection of GTP can only increase the likelihood of successfully enticing other world class companies here. Large well-established companies such as Owens Corning not only attract similar companies, but also aid the local economy in a variety of ways. Paper suppliers, print companies, and local eateries are among the many local businesses likely to benefit once a GTP tenant is up and running.