Alexander County has received notification that the county’s application to the Golden Leaf Foundation for a wastewater expansion grant to benefit Shurtape Technologies has received approval.
The Golden Leaf Grant will provide $935,000 to assist in funding a wastewater extension project that will help ensure that Shurtape Technologies can continue to operate in the Stony Point community where they currently have approximately 160 employees. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.2 million and Alexander County Government has committed to provide approximately $274,000 in matching funds.
Currently, the company must treat its own wastewater at the Stony Point plant at an on-site treatment facility that is managed by two licensed operators employed by Shurtape. The continued operation of the Shurtape facility is based upon the functionality of the on-site treatment facility and upon the ability to re-permit the on-site wastewater treatment facility. The on-site facility limits the ability for the company to consider any major expansions, and it jeopardizes the facility should the on-site treatment facility fail to operate or fail to be re-permitted by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Securing public wastewater was critical in keeping the company located in Alexander County.
“We are extremely thankful and pleased that the Golden Leaf Foundation’s Board of Directors has recognized the important role that Shurtape Technologies plays in the economy of Alexander County,” said Commission Chairman Larry Yoder. “This project represents one of commissioners’ primary goals, which is to do anything we can to ensure that citizens have the opportunity to be employed by great companies such as Shurtape. Any project that results in the retention of 160 jobs in our county, is money well spent.”
Shurtape Technologies was formed from Shuford Mills. The Stony Point facility in Alexander County originally operated as a yarn mill and was converted to produce duct tape in 1981. The project will include the installation of some 18,000 feet of wastewater lines, pump station, and associated costs required to connect the Stony Point plant to an existing wastewater system in Hiddenite.
Shurtape Technologies CEO Stephen P. Shuford noted, “This extension of public sewer to Shurtape’s Stony Point facility will preserve jobs in Alexander County by ensuring that the company is able to direct its ongoing investment and employment dollars toward strategic activities that create value for our customers and, in turn, growth for the company. Shurtape has been an essential part of the county’s economy for over 30 years, and we hope to continue being a source of jobs and tax revenue for the community well into the future.”