NC Immigrants Spur Economic Development

Bert Lemkes immigrated to Mills River from Holland more than 20 years ago; today he owns a successful horticulture business that ships plants around the world. Now a U.S. citizen, he employs hundreds of immigrant workers to harvest and care for his plants. Lemkes said without the migrant labor force, his business would have to close and dozens of Americans would lose their jobs.

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N.C. exported goods worth $2.2 billion to China in 2010 N.C. Department of Commerce