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Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheung presents a Virginia flag flown over the Capitol to Robert Logemann, Home Care President and CEO. (Lisa Clary photo) / October 26, 2011
Mecklenburg County got a big boost on Tuesday as Home Care Industries cut the ribbon for its new $1.5 million manufacturing plant located at the Airport Industrial Park in La Crosse.

The new state-of–the art facility includes over 161,00 square feet of space with employment projected to exceed 150 jobs over the next several years. To date 71 employees have been hired to handle warehouse and distribution, specialty packaging and the fabrication of floor care products.

President and CEO Robert Logemann told those gathered for the ceremony, “Today is a new and exciting time for us here for not only are we opening a new facility, we are at a turning point in our company’s 52 year history.

“In 2011, we moved from being the number one supplier and manufacturer of vacuum cleaner bags and accessories in North America to a preeminent supplier of floor care accessories. The butterfly (on the company logo) is an iconic symbol of a company going through transformation. It reflects a clean and healthy essence of nature and will be used to guide product development and category penetration efforts for years to come,” Logemann said.

He thanked the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Team, Mecklenburg County, the Tobacco Commission and the Home Care team in Virginia for making the day possible.

“When Home Care Industries embarked on its quest to find a new manufacturing location we developed a list of simple criteria. We needed a facility that was appropriately sized and would allow for future expansion as our company grows.

“We were looking for a location that provided an educated and trained workforce that was readily available; yet flexible and agile enough to adapt to our business needs as it grows. We required it to be accessible from a transportation perspective and finally, we were looking for a state and municipality that would provide us with the right combination of incentives that would make this project economically viable.

“And we found what we were looking for and more here in Mecklenburg County.”

Guests at the ribbon cutting enjoyed tours of the facility, a barbeque lunch and music by a Henderson, NC group. Attending the event was Jim Cheung, Secretary of Trade and Commerce for the McDonnell Administration.

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