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Updated: City approves agreements with manufacturer
Caesarstone Technologies, Inc. to build plant in Belfast Commerce Centre
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Chairman Steve Croy of the Development Authority of Bryan County, right, and Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler, left sign agreements Wednesday night with Caesarstone Technologies which will bring the manufacturer to the city's Belfast Commerce Centre. The signing followed a called meeting of the Richmond Hill City Council to vote on whether to approve the agreements. Council members approved the measures, calling it a historic day. - photo by Jeff Whitte

Richmond Hill city council members closed the deal Wednesday night, approving and then signing a series of agreements which will bring Caesarstone Technologies USA, Inc., to the Belfast Commerce Centre.

The manufacturer of building materials such as quartz countertops is expected to create 180 jobs.

Richmond Hill’s vote was unanimous and followed a similar vote Tuesday by the Bryan County Commission.

On hand for both ceremonies was Development Authority of Bryan County Chairman Steve Croy, whom officials lauded as being instrumental in bringing the business to the industrial park.County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed and county administrator Ray Pittman were also on hand for Wednesday’s vote, which included approval of agreements to provide services to the manufacturer and drew applause.  

Caesarstone was founded inIsrael in 1987. Though the company has yet to issue a press release, it's investment inBryanCountyis expected to be between $70-100 million. Work is expected to begin on the facility Monday and officials said it could begin hiring in a year.


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