County approves $30 million IRB for construction of glove factory

7 Aug 2018

Members of the McKinley County Smart Growth Commission were at the regular McKinley County Board of Commissioners meeting July 24 to recommend that the county approve a $30 million industrial revenue bond as an economic development incentive to Rhino’s Health LLC, a supply company based out of South Korea.

The plan laid out by Sharlene Begay-Platero, an industrial specialist with the Navajo Nation, involves utilizing the empty factory to the east of Fire Rock Casino, 309 E. Highway 66, as a manufacturer of nitrile gloves, which will bring in an anticipated number of 300 to 400 employees. The plant was used to manufacture latex gloves before being closed in the early 2000s.

“There is a need to expand, be competitive,” Begay-Platero said during the meeting, citing the need for more employment opportunities.

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