In December 2017, the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors awarded Vance County $522,987 through the Economic Catalyst Program to purchase equipment that is being leased to MAKO Medical Laboratories at a fair market value. When the company successfully fills the requirements of the project, Vance County will be able to use the returned payments for other economic growth opportunities.
To date, MAKO has created 290 full-time jobs in Vance County, which is 137 jobs more than they projected. The average annual salary is $47,290.29, compared to the current county average of $36,717. MAKO also has several hundred contracted employees.
“Currently, we are working on site development for a shell building in our Henderson Vance Industrial Park,” said Perkinson. “We will be completing the road and sewer upgrades in that park through funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and N.C. Commerce.”
Perkinson said she likes to promote MAKO as one of their biggest successes.“Right now, we need more people to know what a great place Vance County is to locate their business,” said Perkinson. “We certainly believe that MAKO is one of our community’s big success stories, and we often share it when working with potential projects.”
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