Woodgrain Millwork Inc, a leading producer of wood millwork, will put a new facility in Caldwell County. The company plans to create 170 jobs and invest more than $8 million over the next five years in Lenoir.

The project, propelled by a $635,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, was announced Wednesday by Gov. Bev Perdue.

“My top priority is creating jobs,” Perdue said. “Our investments in education and workforce development programs have created a strong business climate that allows manufacturers to thrive in a global economy.”

Woodgrain Millwork is a family-owned company with headquarters in Fruitland, Idaho. Woodgrain’s product lines include moulding, doors, and windows. The company currently employs more than 180 people at its facilities in Richmond and Union counties.

“The decision to open a facility in Caldwell County was based on the access to a workforce with wood-manufacturing experience from the furniture industry as well as the strategic location within our southeast distribution coverage area,” said Kelly Dame, CEO of Woodgrain Millwork Inc.

“The expansion of Woodgrain Millwork with this state-of-the-art facility is a direct result of our partnership with the various North Carolina state agencies. Woodgrain is pleased to invest with the state of North Carolina on continued job growth and economic development for the county and state.”

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