BLADENBORO — The town of Bladenboro got some good news in the form of a corporate denizen receiving a much-needed shot in the arm on Monday morning.
U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre — along with N.C. Rep. Ken Waddell; Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson; Bladenboro Commissioners Billy Ray Benson, Everette Butler, and Jeff Atkinson; and Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth — were on hand at the Bladenboro Town Hall to celebrate the completion of an expansion at the Bladenboro Industrial Park which will be home to Superior Media.
According to a release, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $1 million rural economic development loan to Four County EMC and a $300,000 Rural Economic Development Grant. The combination of grant and loan funds will be given to Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial to be used by Superior Media in its expansion project.
“It’s our tax dollars … coming back to work for you,” said McIntyre. “These funds saved 27 jobs and will be creating at least seven to 10 additional jobs.”
He itemized other projects in the town that had received federal assistance, including the Bladenboro Town Hall, the Bladen Medical Associates medical clinic, police cars and now the expansion of Superior Media.
Superior Media Plant Manager Kent Ward said, “We’ve been in Bladen County for six years. We wanted to stay. This is our home. We feel fortunate we were able to stay.”
Ward said the company would not have been able to stay in its current location had it not been for the assistance received from USDA, Four County EMC, Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the town of Bladenboro as well as the Bladen County Board of Commissioners.
“We are looking forward to serving the community for years to come,” said Ward.
Ronald Allen of Four County EMC said, “We are excited about the Superior Media project expansion.”
According to a release, Superior Media was located in a 20,000-square-foot business incubator which it quickly out grew. There was no location in Bladen County that was suitable for the company so it was decided to expand the existing facility to 56,000 square feet, thereby retaining the company in Bladen County and adding jobs as well as saving existing jobs.