Dec 13, 2019


Raleigh, N.C.

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 12 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,113,122, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 473 jobs. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $111 million in private investment.  

The RIA approved 11 grant requests under the state’s Building Reuse Program in three categories:

Existing Business Building Category

  • City of Thomasville (Davidson County): A $300,000 grant will support the expansion of a building that is occupied by Unilin North America, LLC. The company, a manufacturer of flooring, plans to add 175,000 square feet to the existing facility, creating an expected 30 jobs, with a private investment of $80,000,000.00. 

The Building Reuse Program provides grants to local governments to renovate vacant buildings, renovate and/or expand buildings occupied by existing North Carolina companies, and renovate, expand or construct health care facilities that will lead to the creation of new jobs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties and in rural census tracts of Tier 3 counties.

For additional information about N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division, visit