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2 businesses coming to southern Nash

$10M Middlesex project to create 25 jobs

Posted on January 9, 2022

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Nash County commissioners voted last week to sell the county’s shell building in the Middlesex Corporate Centre to FirstWave Innovations for $1.6 million. The company plans to invest at least $10 million and create 25 jobs at the site.

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Nash County commissioners voted last week to sell the county’s shell building in the Middlesex Corporate Centre to FirstWave Innovations for $1.6 million. The company plans to invest at least $10 million and create 25 jobs at the site.


NASHVILLE — County commissioners gave the green light to two new businesses in southern Nash County during their Jan. 3 regular meeting, one in the Middlesex Corporate Centre and another just west of Spring Hope.

The board’s action for Middlesex was to approve the sale of the county-owned shell building on a 7.8-acre tract in the industrial park to FirstWave Innovations Inc. for $1.6 million. The company, in turn, has agreed to invest at least $10 million to upfit the building and create 25 jobs paying an average salary of $50,000 or more by the end of 2022.

The required public hearing for the sale had no speakers, and the board approved the sale unanimously without discussion.

Andy Nagy, the county’s economic development director, didn’t describe FirstWave Innovations in his request for approval of the sale, but the company website identified itself as based in Raleigh and in the business to “provide a platform for companies to launch and test new products in a high-quality aseptic format without the minimum order quantities that are normally required for a launch.”

In a related action, commissioners also approved using $400,000 in building reuse program grant funds from the N.C. Department of Commerce toward assisting the FirstWave Innovations project.

In its authorizing resolution, the board said the purchase price, projected property, sales tax revenue and number of high-paying jobs altogether “meets or exceeds the fair market value of the property to be conveyed to the company.”

In the second major action affecting southern Nash County, commissioners approved a conditional rezoning request to rezone 6.92-acre tract at the southeast corner of U.S. 64 Alternate and N.C. 231 immediately adjacent to the U.S. 64 bypass interchange from A-1 agricultural to a GI-CZ general industrial conditional zone.

The rezoning will allow the development of a heavy construction contractor facility by FMC Grading Inc. of Durham, which plans to move its operation to the new Nash County site about 3 miles east of Spring Hope.

The approved site plan depicts a 1,250-square-foot office building with an attached 6,250-square-foot warehouse space, 11-space paved parking lot with direct access to U.S. 64 Alternate and a large fenced, paved and graveled outdoor storage yard with an additional 28 parking spaces. The site will be visually screened on three sides by a buffer of preserved natural vegetation.

In recommending approval of the project, the county planning board and technical review committee noted that the location will allow the company “quick and efficient access for heavy equipment to potential construction sites throughout the region” with most of the company’s heavy construction performed offsite.

Company owner Travis Felts said during the public hearing that he and his family already lived in the Spring Hope area and wanted to move his business there from Durham.

“I’m not here to ruffle anybody’s feathers, just run my business closer to home,” Felts said. “I’m not here to impact anybody’s life in a negative way.”

“I appreciate your coming to Nash County,” Commissioner Dan Cone said. “You’re certainly coming to a better place.”

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