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LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council will hold a public hearing next month on potentially offering economic incentives to encourage a local industry looking to expand to do so here.

City Manager Wayne Horne said he could not release the name of the company or companies considering expansion.

Greg Cummings, director of Economic Development for the county, said the county Board of Commissioners is also meeting to consider the project, which is being referred to as Project Sweep.

“We can’t say too much about it until we have the public hearings,” Cummings said.

Cummings said the $1.7 million investment “deals with equipment and machinery” and would create 10 new jobs with an average wage of $12.50 an hour. If the project goes through, it will also maintain existing jobs, Cummings said.

Horne and Cummings declined to elaborate on the type of incentive that would be offered, saying it will depend on the final investment made.

The public hearing will be held at Lumberton City Hall on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

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