Governor Bev Perdue on Oct. 1 announced that Bakers Waste Equipment Inc., a producer of waste containers and compactors, will locate a new facility in Caldwell County. The company plans to create 60 jobs and invest more than $2.9 million over the next three years in Lenoir. The project was made possible in part by an $180,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Bill Payne was the developer on this project.
Bakers Waste Equipment manufactures and sells steel containers and compactors for the waste, construction, recycling, manufacturing and retail industries. BWE currently employs more than 80 employees at its facilities in Burke and Catawba counties. Those operations will be consolidated into the new facility in Caldwell County. However, the company expects to retain a majority of existing employees as the new location is within commuting range.
Through use of the One North Carolina Fund, more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment have been created since 2001. Other partners that helped with this project include: N.C. Community Colleges, Caldwell County, City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Economic Development Commission. Read more.