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Bakers Waste Equipment (Lenoir, NC) will be making improvements to its existing facility and expand operations at its location off Norwood Street in Lenoir. A manufacturer of industrial waste containers and compactors, Bakers Waste Equipment plans to add 42 full-time jobs and invest approximately $2.5 for the upgrades. Bakers Waste Equipment President and Owner Ric Raines said the company will fully use its more than 300,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Broyhill Furniture 55/3 plant. “When we moved in the building, we were able to upfit for manufacturing about 60 percent of the facility,” Raines said. “We’ve now filled that out and we need additional capacity. Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray expressed what Bakers Waste Equipment already has meant to the area. “Bakers Waste Equipment is a shining example of what we have sought to accomplish in bringing diversified manufacturing to Caldwell County,” Murray said. “This announcement means that more quality jobs are coming to Caldwell County and shows that we are a prime destination for manufacturing operations.” Bakers Waste Equipment purchased the site in the latter part of 2012 and made improvements to the building in order to begin production at the beginning of 2014. The company previously had two locations in Burke County and another one in Catawba County. Raines noted that the move to Caldwell County has allowed Bakers Waste Equipment to increase its capacity and its workforce. “I tell everybody that I underestimated the impact the building would have on us – both internally and from the responses that we’ve had from our customers,” Raines said. “It’s been great. Certainly, we’ve been happier with the employment community, and we’ve had better success with our recruiting since we moved to Caldwell County.” Bakers Waste Equipment has been in operation for 35 years, and Raines has owned the company for the past 15 years. He projected an optimistic outlook for the business that currently employs nearly 140 individuals. “We’re looking at double-digit growth since we’ve been here,” Raines said. “And we expect that to continue. I think for us and a lot of businesses, the first thing you need is a good economy, and we’ve been blessed with that the last couple of years. We’ve also had the greatest support from the Caldwell County EDC and the community. Certainly, the state and its willingness to help is great.” Along with the waste container operation, Bakers Waste Equipment has focused on increasing its territorial footprint for its large compactors and personal “Smarter Trash” systems. “Part of this expansion is going to allow us to serve a larger region of the country,” Raines said. “We’re happy to do that here, instead of having to find another facility elsewhere.”