COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some elected officials from Columbus County are getting ready for an important trip -- they're flying to China Friday night in hopes of landing jobs for the county.
Economic Director Gary Lanier, three county commissioners, and a business owner are making the trip.
Lanier says the county is seeing an impact from when Chinese officials visited Columbus County last year. According to Lanier, the county was in the running to get a Chinese-owned factory.
"Just the fact that, out of the whole nation, it came down to Columbus County, New Hanover County, and Mobile, Alabama...quite frankly, they went with Mobile because it's closer to customers in South America," said Lanier.
But Steve Kehrer, the owner of Torus Energy Group in Delco, disagrees with county officials focusing on China.