We believe the Carolina Lithium Project will be a significant boon to economic activity in the region. Gaston County will have a great opportunity to attract new and important high-technology businesses as the electric vehicle industry expands. Our operation will rely on the support of many small businesses in our area including maintenance contractors, delivery drivers, catering, machine shops, fabricators, uniform services, and many more. Our business will enable and enrich the base of skilled manufacturing jobs in Gaston County as well as the need to expand training programs for these workers. Our operations will employ approximately 500 locally skilled workers with an average of $90,000 per year in salary and benefits. Our employees will work in a safe, modern, state-of-the-art quarry and specialty chemicals facility. These factors should positively impact real estate values and economic activity in the immediate area and broader region. We believe our project and the associated new businesses will generate jobs, tax benefits, and general business growth in the County, and will generate demand for additional housing development, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and more.