Gaston Gazette: North Carolina senator visits Dallas plant

North Carolina senator visits Dallas plant

Adam Lawson


North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr visited a new Gaston County glass fiber facility Tuesday afternoon.

Ohio-based Owens Corning invested $121 million in the Gastonia Technology Park back in 2013. Burr’s visit was his first since the plant became operational in January.

“This is exciting to see an investment of this magnitude in North Carolina, really from a technology company,” Burr said. “They’re using glass to make products that didn’t exist before now.”

Burr sat in on a conference room discussion before touring the factory with Owens Corning leaders. He praised the company’s ability to work with companies like Georgia-Pacific and American Gypsum on products from carpet to tile.

The Gaston County investment is the largest Owens Corning has ever made. The company promised to create 110 jobs by the end of this year. They received 47 acres of land, $9.3 million in tax refunds from Gaston County and $1.69 million from the state for making the move.

“I think North Carolina is No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 on everybody’s list, whether they’re domestic or foreign companies,” Burr said. “It’s because we bring to the table the knowledge-based work force. We bring to the table the skills-based work force. Now that we’ve got our taxes competitive with neighboring states, we win out in almost every case with capital investment that is coming to North Carolina.”