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Vacant Randolph Co. buildings attracting businesses

ARCHDALE, N.C. — Lots of companies looking to build or expand their businesses are turning to Randolph County for bigger, more efficient workspaces.

About 17 old manufacturing buildings are now catching the eye of businesses looking to relocate.

This fall two companies — Ambella Home Collection and PetPro Resources — are looking to move to the county bringing in a total of 62 new jobs.

“I call it a treasure trove,” said Bonnie Renfro, President of Randolph County Economic Development. “It’s an asset.”

The county also started a state-funded Building Reuse Program that helps companies pay to repair the buildings once they move in.

It’s a good way officials say to create more jobs while filling the buildings and keep vandals and squatters away.

“I think of this as turning lemons into lemonade,” Renfro said.

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