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Halifax County commissioners today approved a $60,000 incentive grant for a local company considering expansion of its current operations.

No one spoke during a public hearing on the matter.

According to a resolution on the matter, the company, which was not named by county Economic Development Director Cathy Scott, desires to expand its manufacturing operations in the county.

Board Chair Vernon Bryant said the reason the company has not been named although it is already operating in Halifax County  is because the expansion project is competitive and another location is interested in recruiting the company. 

The tab of the agenda covering the incentive grant  is listed as Project Salsa.

The $60,000 would be paid in $12,000 installments over five years.

The resolution says the proposed expansion will result in a $3.8 million investment of additional machinery and equipment in year one.

For each calendar year afterward, the company will have an additional $50,000 investment in machinery and equipment.

Under terms presented in the resolution the company is required to pay an average hourly wage throughout its facility that is above the average hourly county wage, which is currently at $16.45.

The expansion is expected to create a minimum of 39 additional full-time permanent jobs.

In other matters today the board approved  two fireworks permits for upcoming Fourth of July displays in Halifax and Hobgood.

According to the permit for the Halifax show, the town and Halifax Fire and Rescue are putting on the show around the courthouse area at Ferrell Lane.

The fire department will be responsible for the show, which is expected to get underway around 9:15 p.m. on July 4.

The Hobgood fireworks show is also scheduled for July 4 and is set for 9 p.m. The fireworks will be set at the lot directly behind the town’s fire department.