Thursday, April 26, 2007

Purolator Plant Could Soon Have New Owner

There are reports the Purolator Plant in Kenly could be sold and a new company take over the facility later this year. Officials said the facility is currently under contract to be sold within 60 days. The plant is located on Johnston Parkway , in the Kenly Industrial Park , adjacent to Interstate 95. Last September, CLARCOR Air Filtrations Products, which owned the Kenly plant, announced the facility would close on November 6, displacing 160 workers. The plant has been vacant since that time. . Kenly Town Manager Scott Shelton told WMPM on Thursday, “It would certainly help the Kenly area if a business moved into the old Purolator site and employed several people. The local economy would benefit in a variety of ways. I trust that Mike DeSherbenin and the rest of the staff at the county economic development office are doing all they can to bring a business there.” Officials, who are working with the potential buyer of the site, won’t disclose any specific information about the type of company looking to buy the property. Purolator’s closing last year came just months after Eaton Corporation in Selma , a manufacturer of electrical products, announced their closing, eliminating 200 full and part-time workers.


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