Jacob Holm proves to be the ultimate good corporate neighbor

02.11.2015

Following a recent column on a company that was considering a move to the Beaverdam Industrial Park in 2004, I received the following letter from a resident of Biltmore Lake, Emily Sutton Dezio, who also reads The Mountaineer. Dezio provided the following update on the noise issue from the Jacob Holm operations in Candler. It turns out the company has been an excellent corporate neighbor and was able to mitigate noise issues associated with its expansion. Here's what Dezio has to say:

Your article — while it truly embodies the story as it was from February until July — fails to recognize that Jacob Holm did far more than local regulations would have required. Rumor has it (though unable to verify) that JH spent over six figures to make corrective action that no governmental figure was going to make them spend.(Arguably, the residents of my neighborhood may have been able to secure civil remedies through court), but the fact remains that J/H did these acts without threat of litigation. It is rare these days to have a corporation take such corrective action without involvement of the court system or governmental regulators. Simply put, Jacob Holm is a company that has done the right thing.

On May 18, I invited the plant’s sound engineer into my yard so they could record sound measurements that were central to the neighbors’ complaints.
By July 6, Jacob Holm installed noise reducing silencers. By July 21, the plant was in full operation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of the installation, I didn’t know they were running full-time. The noise had all but been resolved. It is rare these days to have a corporation take such corrective action without involvement of the court system or governmental regulators. Simply put, Jacob Holm is a company that has done the right thing

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