October 6, 2000

Local Business to Benefit From $400,000 Federal Grant

The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) and the City of Chula Vista presented a $400,000 check to NLP Furniture Industries, Inc., for the expansion of their furniture restoration, design and manufacturing business in the city. The money, a grant awarded to South County EDC from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Community Services), is being loaned to NLP Furniture to expand their Chula Vista facility.

Representatives from the South County EDC and the city's Community Development Department presented the check to Joseph B. Cabrera, president and CEO of NLP Furniture Industries, and Louis J. Rodriguez, vice president and COO, at the City County meeting Tuesday as part of an on-going effort to help retain and expand business in Chula Vista. City staff worked with the South County EDC to identify a growing Chula Vista company in need of financial assistance.

NLP Furniture, the largest furniture restoration company in San Diego County and a supplier to major national hotel chains moved to Chula Vista in 1996 and currently employs approximately 35 workers. Based on current contracts, the company anticipates doubling their volume next year.

The grant funds are being made available to NLP Furniture Industries in the form of a low interest loan and will allow NLP to expand their current facility in the Sweetwater Business Park as well as create a number of new spin-off companies. With the assistance of the South County EDC and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, NLP Furniture Industries will create 85 new jobs for persons transitioning from welfare and other low-income residents of South County as part of the federal grant requirements.

"This is the second time South Bay companies were able to take advantage of this type of federal job creation assistance", said Gustavo Perez, assistance director of South County EDC. "The first company was Knight & Carver in National City and they were able to expand their business significantly, as well as to hire nearly 120 new employees. We look forward to continuing to work with the City of Chula Vista's Local Employer Assistance Program (LEAP) and to making NLP Furniture Industries another success story."

For more information about this and other business assistance programs, Chula Vista businesses may contact the city's Community Development Department at (619) 691-5047.

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