The Transylvania Times -

By Mark Todd
Staff Writer 

Business Opens In Vacant Location


A manufacturing business, Mountain International, has purchased and moved into the old EZ Flow building on Old Hendersonville Highway, adjacent to the Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) building.

The company, owned Jerry Gaddy and Bruce Rau, has been in operation for eight years, first in Asheville and then in Fletcher before coming to Transylvania County.

The firm works with non-woven products, making such things as non-woven bags and pre-moistened wipers.

The company’s prior sites were leased, but the former EZ Flow site was bought by the company.

“We wanted our own building,” said Rau. “The economy is down, and the price was too good to pass up.”

The company bought the site for $700,000.

Mountain International currently employs 20 people, bringing all the employees from Fletcher.

However, the company is currently hiring additional help and plans to grow, said Rau.

Starting pay is $7.25 an hour, with no benefits.

Mark Burrows, county director of planning and economic development, said he sees great potential in the company and the easily accessible location.

Rau said he hopes to increase pay, benefits and the work force.


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