Yancey County Receives Building Reuse Grant for Mountain Electronics Expansion, Holds Open House Celebration
Earlier this year the N.C. Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded a $25,000 economic development grant to Yancey County. That grant supported the renovation and upfit of a section of the former Taylor Togs building in the Micaville community for Mountain Electronics, a local business serving the commercial laundry industry.
Mountain Electronics is an industry leader in commercial laundry circuit board repair in the United States. Founded in 1999 and now owned by Yancey residents George and Whitney Brasington, the company has grown to fifteen employees and serves approximately 4,000 active customers in all fifty states. "Mountain Electronics is a local success story. From a small start they have grown their company into a national leader in their industry. Their expertise and work ethic has resulted in constant, steady growth for the company," stated Yancey County Planning & Economic Development Director Jamie McMahan.
This past week Mountain Electronics hosted an open house at their new facility in Micaville. Local leaders and members of the community were invited to see the new facility and learn more about the services Mountain Electronics provides to its customers. "What Mountain Electronics has done to bring this manufacturing space back to life is amazing and we are so proud of everything they have done to build their business in Yancey County. Those of us blessed with the opportunity to serve in county government leadership are very serious about our efforts to make Yancey County a place where folks want to come open or expand their business," stated Commissioner Jill Austin.
George and Whitney Brasington, owners of Mountain Electronics, stated, "We feel very honored to receive this grant from the state and Yancey County. Moving to the former Taylor Togs building has been a long-term dream of ours, and we are very excited that it is coming to fruition. We just want to thank all the folks who have helped Mountain Electronics succeed over the past 18 years, especially those who have been instrumental in this grant process. We look forward to expanding the business and providing local jobs while continuing to operate as environmentally sustainable as possible."
"Yancey County Government is proud to work with our existing business and industries to bring every resource available to help them create good jobs for our citizens. Mountain Electronics is a smart and efficient operation and I am so pleased that the County was successful in our efforts to obtain this grant funding for their expansion," stated Yancey County Manager Nathan Bennett.
"Here in Yancey County we have proven again and again that we want to be a partner with our businesses, both large and small. Their success is our success as a community. We as County Commissioners remain dedicated to doing all that we can to make Yancey County not only a wonderful place to live, but also a wonderful place to do business, stated Yancey County Commission Chairman Johnny Riddle. Like Mountain Electronics, a few months ago Yancey County also obtained a building reuse grant to support the opening of Mercy Urgent Care in Burnsville.
L-R: Nathan Bennett, Jill Austin, George Brasington, Whitney Brasington, and Jamie McMahan