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Military Vehicle Facility In Moore County Gets $412,000 Boost

Posted September 25, 2006 3:35 a.m. EDT

— American Growler's effort to open a manufacturing facility for vehicles to be transported by U.S. Marine Osprey aircraft has received a $412,000 boost from the federal government.

American Growler received a variety of incentives to locate its plant in Moore County. It has designed Jeep-like vehicles that will fit aboard the Marines' new tilt-rotor aircraft.

The latest assistance is from the Rural Economic Development Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Congressman Howard Coble (R-N.C.). A $300,000 grant will be used by the Town of Robbins to acquire the former Carolina Lace plant. The town will then lease it to American Growler. The other $112,000 will be a loan to American Growler through the Randolph Electrical Membership Corporation.

"It is exciting to see an old textile mill be retrofitted into a modern manufacturing facility," Coble said in a statement. "This exciting, new venture will be a big boost to the economy in the Robbins area."

American Growler wants to begin production within a month as it moves operations to Robbins from Ocala. The company plans to employ some 40 people initially. It has a contract to build some 400 vehicles for the Marines.

The company announced plans to move to North Carolina in May.