By William Holloman
A new industry is coming to Wayne County, right here in Mount Olive. Details of the industry are still somewhat sketchy, but Wayne County Development Alliance officials confirm the announcement.
Development Alliance Existing Industry Manager Tiffany Creech told the Tribune that South American (Miami, Florida based) Series Seating, a maker of stadium seats, will locate here. She said the firm’s industrial operation right now is located in South America and the Mount Olive location will be the first in the United States.
Series Seating official Mauricio Olarte has not returned a Tribune call to the company’s Miami office.
Ms. Creech said it will be a higher-than-average wage industry that will eventually provide about 65 jobs. The company purchased the old Boling Plant at Old Mount Olive Highway and Northeast Church Road.
Ms. Creech said at this time no incentives have been discussed with the stadium seating manufacturer. “It is too early in the process.”
She said an architect is just now drawing up plans for the operation and the building. “Once the project is scoped out and costs are assigned, I am sure we will be going for state and local incentives, as well as training grants through the State’s Customized Training Program, but none of that has been discussed at this point,” said Ms. Creech.
“We have been working with the company and developing a relationship with them for about six months now, providing support any way we can,” explained Ms. Creech. “Together, with our partners and allies, we’ll be right there with them every step of the way, connecting them with the right folks to help with every aspect of this project.”
Series Seating, she noted, is a great family-oriented business and although their roots are in another country, they definitely understand the importance of what this community will mean to our community. “They are very anxious to get started, to positively impact our community, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them in Wayne County.”