News-Record & Sentinel - McCrory Tours Mars Hill Industry
Pat McCrory, the popular Charlotte mayor who is the Republican nominee for governor, stopped by Mars Hill Friday while touring Western North Carolina.
McCrory toured Advanced Superabrasives, a Mars Hill firm that manufactures grinding wheels for international industry.
Attila Szucs of Advanced Superabrasives, told the candidate that he got into business 29 years ago, and chose to locate his factory in Mars Hill because "Asheville and Buncombe County did not want manufacturing."
McCrory spent more than 30 minutes speaking with Szucs, then attended a GOP gathering at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.
In a conversation with the News-Record & Sentinel, McCrory said he will focus on transportation, jobs, the economy and energy if elected governor.
"My first order of business will be to introduce a 50 year transportation plan for the state," so residents of all regions and all industry leaders will know what's in the works, he said.
"We've got to get the politicians out of the department of transportation," McCrory said, and "before you ask for money, explain where it is going."
McCrory said he'd work with the railroads and regional leaders to spur more light rail, similar to the recently opened Southend rail in Charlotte, which has seen heavy ridership bringing commuters into the downtown area.