On April 21, 2008, New Hanover County commissioners Bobby Greer, Bill Caster, Ted Davis and Bill Kopp voted to support incentives to Titan America to build a cement plant in Castle Hayne. Commissioner Nancy Pritchett voted against the incentives.
The vote authorized the county to offer $4.2 million in tax breaks over seven years, in exchange for Titan’s promise to invest $450 million and create 160 jobs at the new plant. The incentives would kick in after the plant is operating.
Pritchett and Kopp both lost re-election bids in 2008. Pritchett was defeated in a May 2008 Republican primary and Kopp lost the general election in November, when Davis was re-elected and new commissioners Jonathan Barfield Jr. and Jason Thompson were elected.
Thompson, a Republican, and Barfield, the only Democrat on the board, have voiced opposition to the incentives.
Greer and Caster both are serving terms that end in 2010.
Date posted: October 21, 2009
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