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County to discuss courthouse repairs, Prepac incentive

The High Point Enterprise, N.C. — Cinde Ingram The High Point Enterprise, N.C.

Aug. 01-- Aug. 1--GUILFORD COUNTY -- The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will continue discussion of High Point courthouse repairs and consider public comments on an economic incentives package for ready-to-assemble furniture maker Prepac at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The board delayed awarding a contractor's $907,059 bid to fix the courthouse's leaky roof at its July 16 meeting after a contentious discussion of whether Black, minority and women business owners were given a fair chance to do the work.

The board will hold a public hearing to consider a proposed $597,286 incentives package for Prepac to support construction of a new manufacturing plant that's expected to generate about $26.5 million in capital investment and bring 201 new full-time jobs.

Prepac designs, manufactures and ships ready-to-assemble furniture for homes. Some of the company's products include bedroom sets, home office furniture, living room furniture, storage cabinets and related pieces.

Prepac started in 1979 in Vancouver, Canada, and has been expanding over the decades. The company is now considering four sites for its new facility, with two of those in Guilford County.

The board will offer virtual participation for the public hearing portion of the meeting to the first 10 registered speakers. Those wishing to fill these speaking slots may register on a first-come, first-served basis by submitting an email to awebb@guilfordcountync.gov no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Public hearing written comments will be accepted up to 24 hours after the meeting. In accordance with new state law amendments, a vote on the public hearing may not occur until at least 24 hours after the hearing.

cingram@hpenews.com -- 336-888-3534 -- @HPEcinde

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