Though steeped in history as a flagship of the bygone textile industry, the Loray Mill in Gastonia hasn’t hosted any manufacturing operations in a quarter century. But that will change soon when the redeveloped building welcomes a new commercial tenant into a sizeable portion of space on its east end.
Cross Co. announced Monday that it will bring up to 50 employees while moving its Automation Group into the mill, where it will focus on providing technologies to improve machine and manufacturing process performance. The firm has signed a 15-year lease for a total of 16,000 square feet on the mill’s first and second floors, on the side facing Dalton Street.
The Automation Group is made up of three business units, including electro-mechanical motion, pneumatic motion and robotics. Each team has engineers, customer service representatives and administrative workers that will move to the new facility.
“This is the type of thing we’ve wanted here,” said Joe Lenihan, the majority owner of the Loray Mill. “It’s not just for us. It’s about bringing jobs to Gastonia.”