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Governor helps dedicate Lee Inds.' new headquarters

CONOVER, N.C. — Officials from high-end upholstery supplier Lee Inds. welcomed North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to the company's new headquarters and manufacturing plant here on Friday, according to the Hickory Record.

McCrory toured the facility, spoke at a dedication ceremony and met with Lee President Norman Coley, who worked with local officials to renovate the former Conover Chair Company plant that closed in 2000.

Officials said that Lee made a $2.5 million investment in the renovation and move that includes two manufacturing plants, one added to accommodate the increase in the company's sales of leather upholstered furniture.

Conover officials worked with Coley to secure funding and several grants for the renovation, including a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Hickory Record reported. The collaborative effort also involved the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, the Catawba County Economic Development Corp. and financial institutions.

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