Statement on DAK Americas Announcement

LELAND, N.C. – Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams made the following statement Wednesday after DAK Americas’ announcement that it would close its plant in northern Brunswick County:

“Obviously, I was saddened to learn that DAK Americas has made the decision to close its plant in northern Brunswick County.  I grew up a few miles from the site, which was owned by DuPont at the time, and the plant has been a major employer in Brunswick County for my entire life.

“My primary concern is for the well-being of those who will lose their jobs as a result of the plant’s closure.  DAK Americas officials have assured us that they will work to assist displaced employees with their career transition.  DAK officials have also said they will work with us to explore further redevelopment opportunities for the site and that they will seek to be good stewards of the environment during the process of closing the plant down.

“While today’s announcement is not what we wanted to hear, I am confident in our county and our people.  Brunswick County has a lot to offer, and our entire economic development team is working hard to attract new industries to Brunswick County to create jobs for our citizens.”

Frank Williams represents District 5, which includes the DAK Americas site, on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.  He was elected to his first term in 2012.