The desks have been emptied, books packed up, and goodbyes said; but Davie County’s pre-K and elementary school teachers are already looking ahead to an inspiring new literacy program beginning next year, thanks to the Mebane Foundation.
The Mebane Charitable Foundation announced in April a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
The goals of the initiative are to improve kindergarten readiness from 70 percent to 90 percent and to increase reading proficiency in third grade from 66 percent to 80 percent by 2022.
Details of how those goals would be achieved were introduced to more than 400 Davie County pre-K and elementary school personnel during an end-of-year celebration at Calvary Baptist Church – West Campus complete with pom poms, music, and a few spontaneous dance moves.
The celebration kicked off with a skit designed to allay any fears teachers might have about DavieLEADS and to encourage them to relax and to be open to the exciting literacy initiative to come.
Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation, then congratulated teachers and staff on a successful year and shared his enthusiasm about the partnership that begins next year.
“When Dr. Hartness and his staff presented this proposal to my board it was a scary moment for everyone,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “What we hope to accomplish is a daunting task. But when we left that meeting, we had a $2.5 million 5-year deal that we are really thrilled about.”
“I told my board, that without a doubt, if there is a system in North Carolina that can do this, it will be Davie County Schools. You folks in the room can make it happen. I’m confident of that.” – Larry Colbourne
“I would like to make you a promise,” Colbourne added. “The Foundation does not want to get in your way. We are not going to make your jobs any more difficult than they already are. This is about Davie County Schools, the people in this room, and how we can support you.”
Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Davie County Schools, added, “We wanted to bring you together to help you share in the excitement that we have in what is on the horizon and the things that are ahead for us. I have never been as thrilled about an opportunity as I am about this one. In my career in education, I’ve never seen a commitment from a private entity investing in what we do every day. This initiative with the Mebane Foundation is going to make you an envy of teachers across North Carolina.”
“This is not some silver bullet, some shiny new thing in our school system. Instead, this is an investment in the most important factor in a child’s education because this is an investment in you.”
Jinda Haynes, assistant superintendent for academic services, shared a historical perspective of some of the past partnerships between the Mebane Foundation and Davie County Schools which included providing Smart Boards in every classroom, funding preschool classrooms at each of the elementary schools as well as a second classroom at Pinebrook Elementary this year, funding a team of teachers to earn their Master’s degrees in Instructional Technology, providing intensive training for teachers in Hill Center methodology, and funding Read to Achieve Camps for struggling readers.
She added that although Davie County Schools is doing well, it is always seeking ways to do even better.
“This school year we began to hear from Dr. Hartness and Larry Colbourne the phrase “moving the needle”. They started asking, “How can we “move the needle”? How can we improve? How can we do even better than we are already doing?
“Everyone in this room knows the importance of education,” Haynes said. “Education allows students to break the cycle of poverty and it opens the doors of opportunity for our children. We know that research tells us the importance of being able to read proficiently by the end of third grade which is why it is a national focus, not just in North Carolina or Davie County.”
“As much as we have to celebrate, and as well as we are doing, the reality is that we still have students that are not on target at the end of third grade and they are not making it,” she added.
“As we looked at our 2015-2016 data, the problem we identified is that 30 percent of our students aren’t ready for kindergarten and 34 percent of our students are not proficient at reading at the end of third grade. As well as we are doing, about a third of our students aren’t making it and we can’t be okay with that one third not being prepared for the future.” – Jinda Haynes
Those questions and concerns led to a series of Mebane Roundtable discussions involving Colbourne, SmartStart, and Davie County Schools administrators,and pre-K – 3rd grade representatives from each elementary school with varied perspectives brainstorming how to improve early childhood literacy. Focus groups involving principals, instructional coaches, reading specialists, media coordinators, private child care directors, and SmartStart gathered input, prioritized, and built buy-in. Together they carefully crafted DavieLEADS, the long-term plan designed to move the needle in early childhood literacy in Davie County.
The grant from the Mebane Foundation provides professional development, materials, and specialized support staff, with supplementary funding for the Read to Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year.
“We have a chance here and we have to make the absolute most of it,” Dr. Hartness said. “We can be #1 in North Carolina and we can be a place in America where people want to come and learn about how to teach children to read.”
“Larry, this is a tremendous investment in each of the people in this room and into their classrooms. You and your foundation could invest in any district in America and I know you personally travel across America finding the best practices. For you and the Foundation to say you believe in Davie County says something about the people in this room and their commitment to excellence.”
“On behalf of Davie County Schools and our board members that are here today we want to say a tremendous thank you to the Mebane Charitable Foundation for making the largest investment in your history as a Foundation in Davie County Schools.”
What are the best places to buy a home in the Triad? Small towns. That’s according to Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides research and reviews on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.
Niche’s 2017 Best Places to Buy a House survey ranked The Town of Bermuda Run as #1 in the Piedmont Triad and #4 in the state of North Carolina. Lewisville was ranked #7 and Clemmons was listed at #16.
The rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of the housing and community of an area. This grade takes into account key factors of a location’s housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, in an attempt to measure the quality and stability of an area’s real estate market. Data for the list comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI and Niche.
Bermuda Run received an overall grade of an A as well as A’s for housing, jobs, outdoor activities, and being a good place for families.
According to Lee Rollins, Bermuda Run Town Manager, “We recognize that the Town of Bermuda Run has a lot going for it, but it sure is rewarding when others outside of our community recognize it too.”
The Mebane Charitable Foundation, located in Mocksville, NC, has approved a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
“The Mebane Foundation has been funding quality literacy interventions for years, but we felt it was time to find a partner and aggressively move the needle toward kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by the end of third grade,” said Larry Colbourne, President of the Mebane Foundation. “Over the years we’ve invested heavily in Davie County and many of those assets remain and are alive and well, making Davie County the obvious choice for this long-term and strategic early literacy initiative.”
Davie County Schools has a rich history of academic success and consistently ranks in the top 10-15 percent of districts in the state of North Carolina. But despite the county’s successful academic performance, approximately 30 percent of students do not enter kindergarten “ready” according to DIAL scores (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning) and 34 percent do not show reading proficiency by the end of the third grade as demonstrated on the NC End-of-Grade (EOG) Reading Test
The goals of this initiative are to improve kindergarten readiness from 70 percent to 90 percent and to increase reading proficiency in third grade from 66 percent to 80 percent by 2022. This project will impact approximately 2,300 students each year over the 5-year implementation period.
“Our county leadership and community partners all seem to be working from the same sheet of music, thus we felt the time was right to throw out such a bold set of metrics that if reached, would put Davie County schools at the top in North Carolina,” Colbourne said.
“We’ve been following closely the recommendations of the Business Roundtable, a national group of CEO’s from around the country, led by folks like North Carolina’s own Jim Goodnight of SAS, and at this moment in time we believe, as do they, that kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by third grade are the keys to the future success of our workforce and our country.”
Initially, this project will be a collaborative effort between Davie County Schools, Smart Start, and the public/private preschools. The grant from the Mebane Foundation will provide professional development, materials, and specialized support staff totaling $2,447,188.00 over 5 years, with additional supplementary funding for the Read to Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year. In addition, this project will develop and build the professional capacity of 111 preschool through third grade classroom teachers in Davie County Schools and 14 preschool teachers in private facilities. These educators will continue impacting countless students for years to come.
The partnership will demonstrate how districts can leverage high quality professional development and technology to support individualized learning and improve overall reading results, especially for those students who are most difficult to reach.
Colbourne added, “Through the partnerships created with the Healthy Davie Initiative we feel this five-year plan will only get stronger as we move forward. Initially, I see it heavily involving our partners at Davie County Schools, Smart Start and our county daycares, but as it evolves, we have the ability and county partnerships to make enhancements on the fly. We will do this!”
“Davie County Schools is extremely excited to partner with the Mebane Foundation and other community organizations to make significant improvements in early literacy,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness, the Superintendent of Davie County Schools. “This partnership will be a national model for ensuring early literacy in preschool through third grade.”
“This public-private partnership between Davie County Schools and the Mebane Foundation creates a unique opportunity to provide high quality professional development, strengthen instruction, and deliver the most effective learning experiences for all children in Davie County. We will focus efforts to ensure our children are developing foundational literacy skills from preschool through early grades. Research clearly indicates the correlation between reading proficiency by third grade and success in school; equipping our children early with these essential literacy skills prepares them for life. Through this collaboration, improvements in literacy will open doors of opportunity for students, and our community will be on a path to a more competitive and prosperous future.”
“We want to thank the Mebane Foundation leadership and Board of Directors for their confidence and continued investment in Davie County,” continued Hartness. “Your generosity and support allow us to provide experiences far beyond what can be funded in other public schools. You have challenged us to dream and to sharpen our focus. Our teachers and the children we serve are blessed by your intentional efforts to change lives through literacy.”
Come to Davie County.
Ashley Furniture is hiring. Gildan is hiring. Avgol is hiring.
And with the county’s unemployment rate at 4.3%, local companies are reversing past trends and hiring workers from beyond Davie County.
That’s right. Davie County – long a bedroom community for jobs outside of the county – is becoming the place to come to get a job.
Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, says that despite the lack of available workers, interest remains strong among businesses hoping to expand or locate here.
He’s working on recruiting jobs with higher than average pay for this area, and companies are beginning to realize that to get the best workers, higher wages may be necessary.
“Hopefully, they’ll put benefits together, a better package and reach out to a larger area,” Bralley said. “We’re recruiting people from other locations. Most people who want to work and who can work can find a job,” he said.
Bralley said Davie County is still in a good position to recruit business.
And as Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center opens the in-bed facility later this year, he expects that area on NC 801 just off I-40 to be a hotbed of retail and commercial growth.
Economic development is working on a strategic plan to recruit higher-paying jobs, he said.
“It’s a different world and it’s changing rapidly,” he said. “We’re in a good position – a good location next door to an urban area.”
Davie is a prime location for transportation-related companies, with easy access to major highways, airports and ports. Manufacturing and distribution companies continue to show the most interest in Davie.
What do companies want when looking for a new location? A building, ready to move in, that meets all of their needs. When do they want it? Now.
“Nothing ever appears to happen quickly, but having a building is key,” Bralley said. “We’re doing better than most.”
Thanks to Hollingsworth Companies, which operates SouthPoint Business Park off US 601 North in Mocksville, Davie County is in a better position than most. Hollingsworth maintains ready to move into buildings, and a recent effort between economic development, Mocksville, Davie County and the state, 85 more acres will become available in that business park.
Companies looking for a new location look all over, Bralley said. Davie, when in contention, usually competes with other North Carolina counties as well as areas in several other states.
Last year didn’t see a lot of new starts, but Davie companies are doing well and expanding, Bralley said.
REEB Millwork on Bethel Church Road in Mocksville added 10 jobs, and renovated the building. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors, interior doors, columns and accessory stairs across the eastern United States. It employs 110 people here.
Sabeti Wain Aerospace continues to grow at its space on US 64 West at Valley Road in Mocksville. Sabeti Wain makes airline seat covers for Southwest Airlines and others at the local site.
Triple J Manor House opened last year in Mocksville, giving local folks a place to have large gatherings, including weddings and receptions. Originally built in the early 1800s for Benjamin F. Holton, the farmhouse was transformed by the Junker family into a 6,000-square-foot venue.
Comfort Bilt Windows and Doors also had a good year, hiring more workers at its plant in SouthPoint. “I don’t know that the community knows that we are here, what we do, or how much opportunity we have to offer,” said Michael Barron, plant manager. “We are proud of the fact that we’ve never had a layoff, even during the recession.” It was the first business in SouthPoint, opening in 1999.
Gesipa Fasteners, also in SouthPoint, created 16 new jobs last year. The company traditionally makes rivets and riveting systems, but has expanded to offer custom products for its customers. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site,” said Mark Grigg, plant manager. “We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”
Shelba D. Johnson Trucking opened a location in an old industrial site off Milling Road last year. The company is a major player in the furniture transportation industry. The company hired eight warehouse workers for the 168,820-square-foot building, and hopes to double the number of employees in coming months.
Economic development, the county, chamber of commerce and towns here collaborated for a retail study by Retail Coach last year – a study that will help recruit retail businesses that could be successful, Bralley said.
“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” Bralley said.
With the completion of the inpatient wing, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center today kept a promise it made to the residents of Davie County a long time ago.
“When we first proposed this new hospital, it was always our intent to have an inpatient wing so that people in Davie County could receive care and treatment close to home,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Today marks the fulfillment of that commitment we made to the citizens of Davie County nine years ago.”
Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, thanked the citizens of Davie County for their support as well as patience and trust in the leadership throughout the process.
A lot went into the development of this facility from the citizenship on up,” Bralley said. “This is one of the things we’ve done in Davie County that has really united us in terms of pulling together for the common good.”
Davie Medical Center – a Hospital for Today and the Future
The three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition officially opens Monday, April 3, and will consolidate all Davie Medical Center services into one location. The hospital in Mocksville was decommissioned last week.
In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the new $47 million wing offers an inpatient pharmacy, a chapel, a cafe, rehabilitation facilities, offices for Wake Forest Baptist physicians, therapists and staff. It also has a history wall that honors the past with key keepsakes, photographs and video memories of the first Davie County Hospital over its more than 60 years of providing care to county residents.
“Davie Medical Center is a hospital for today and the future,” said Chad Brown, M.H.A./M.B.A., president, Davie Medical Center. “We have been seeing patients for more than three years in our emergency department, clinics and outpatient departments. Now that we have inpatient services here, we can deliver a full range of high quality, patient- and family-centered care that serves all ages in our community in one location.”
The inpatient services, uniquely fitted to serve the growing community, are located across three floors of the new facility.
Joint replacement program. The top floor is dedicated to the joint replacement program, which offers inpatient hip- and knee-replacement surgeries. Some of the room designs include lifts to help safely move patients to and from the bed. The floor also features an inpatient rehabilitation gym to aid in recovery.
ACE unit. The first floor of the inpatient addition houses an acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit creates a care destination for geriatric patients and leverages Wake Forest Baptist’s 25 years of experience in geriatric practice and faculty research. The Davie Medical Center ACE unit will expand the capacity of Wake Forest Medical Center’s internationally known J. Paul Sticht Center.
The first floor also will have designated medical-surgical beds that allow medical and surgical admissions from the hospital’s emergency department as well as offer an option for those living nearby to receive care close to home when appropriate.
All patient rooms are private and large enough for family members to stay with their loved one. Each room is equipped with convertible furniture that can be used as a bed, couch, or a work station with plugs for electronics. The GetWellNetwork, an interactive video system which offers video education, ways to communicate with and recognized hospital staff, television, internet access, on-demand movies, and games, will be available in patient rooms. This new technology supports the Medical Center’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care by encouraging collaboration between patients, families and health care teams.
Community Day Open House, Saturday, April 1
The public is invited to tour the new wing during the Davie Medical Center’s Open House and Community Day this Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be fun activities for the entire family:
- Activities for kids
- Delicious food courtesy of Lowes Foods
- Health screenings (heart, foot, memory and more)
- Music and entertainment
- Cooking demonstrations with samples
WFBH – Davie Medical Center is located at 329 NC Hwy 801, Bermuda Run, 27006. For more information about Community Day, call 336.998.1300 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Davie-Medical-Center/About/News-and-Events/Events/Open-House-and-Community-Day.htm
From an early age, students are programmed to believe that they must earn a bachelor’s degree to obtain a high-paying job, but only 33 percent of jobs in North Carolina actually require a four-year college degree.
That’s a statistic James Horne wishes he had known before enrolling at East Carolina University following high school graduation. After failing out twice because “his heart wasn’t in it,” Horne knew he had to find a different way. He found it through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.
“I wish I had heard about this in pre-k,” said Horne with a laugh. He is enrolled in Davidson County Community College’s applied engineering and maintenance program and has worked as a maintenance technician apprentice at Kurz Transfer Products for the past seven months. “When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wish I had known a program like this existed. I learn better in a hands-on environment, so this has been such a phenomenal opportunity for me.”
“This has probably been the best seven months of my entire life. I am extremely happy with where I am at,” he added.
Horne was one of the panelists to share his perspective on the value of apprenticeships during an Apprenticeship Summit at DCCC on March 10th. More than 100 business representatives, educators, and students gathered to hear more about the merits of the NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.
Through the apprenticeship program, apprentices train for an industry by receiving a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Participants are paid for their work, and their wages will increase as they progress in the program. Apprentices work as they complete their classes and their work schedule is determined by their respective employers. When they graduate, apprentices receive a Certificate of Completion and will have earned the highly skilled “journeyworker” designation. The program can last one to five years, depending on the occupation. In addition to manufacturing, there are apprenticeship opportunities in business, accounting, hospitality and health-related fields.
According to Dr. Pam Howse, Executive Director of Work-based Learning for the NC Department of Commerce, there are currently 5,335 apprentices in the program, double the number enrolled two years ago, but she would like to see that number continue to grow. Her challenge is educating both young people and businesses about the rewards they could receive by participating in the apprenticeship program.
Students are completing apprenticeships with a career, a good income, and no college debt.
Dr. howse shared stories of a 22-year-old who owned his car and had just bought his first house and of a young woman who completed her program with a starting salary of $37,500.
“We know statistically that 45% of all jobs over the next decade will be in the middle skills occupations which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree,” said Howse. “More than 50% of companies report plans to increase US-based production by at least 5% in the next five years.”
“Nationwide we have a skills gap, particularly in the areas of business, manufacturing, computers and information sciences, engineering, technology, repair and transportation,” Howse said. “We know that in North carolina today there are 12,000 unfilled IT jobs. These are jobs that pay very well, $50,000 a year or greater. If you are in a cyber security field, that’s well over a 6 figure job. We know that a lot of young people don’t know what those jobs look like.”
“We are shoving everybody down this one path to go to Chapel Hill or NC State and we know statistically that not all are going to do well. There is a very high failure rate for many college freshmen who enter into the university system because they are not prepared for college,” she added. “If North Carolina industry is to be globally competitive, students must graduate from high school career or college ready. We need to shift our thinking about how we prepare our students for work.”
That shift will require a shift in the way both students and parents think as well. For many, the idea of an apprenticeship conjures up thoughts of a dark, dirty, dangerous place with low-paying jobs. According to Lisa Hawk, Business Services Coordinator of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, that is simply not the truth.
Hawk has taken students and parents on tours of manufacturing sites to show them how clean and well-maintained they are, while 2013 statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate average starting wages for Registered Apprentices at $16.50 per hour with graduates earning an average of $59,900 per year.
North Carolina apprenticeships are a career strategy that works! To find out more about apprenticeships in North Carolina, go to https://www.nccommerce.com/wf/job-seekers/apprenticeships.
Dozens of Human Resources Managers from companies across Davie County met during the last week of January at the Triple J Manor House in Mocksville to discuss the state of the County in terms of workforce development.
Sustained growth in the number of manufacturing and industrial jobs being created in Davie County over the last 5 years is putting pressure on HR managers to attract and retain the talented workforce that is necessary to compete successfully in a growing economy.
As with most challenges in Davie County, local leaders are stepping up to the plate to develop plans of action to address this pressure before it becomes a limiting factor for continued economic development. The Davie County Economic Development Commission, the Davie Chamber of Commerce, Davidson County Community College and the Davie County School System worked together to host a “Lunch and Learn” meeting on Wednesday, January 25 with manufacturing and industry HR managers from across the county.
Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina
Dr. Pamela Howze, from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and NC Works delivered the feature presentation, “Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina.”
Many are familiar with “OJT” or On the Job Training and an apprenticeship program works in much the same way. The expert shows the apprentice how to do a task, watches as the apprentice practices portions of the task, and then turns over more and more responsibility until the apprentice is proficient enough to accomplish the task independently. According to Dr. Howze, there are 400K apprentices across the USA in more than 1,000 occupations with 150,000 employers.
Apprentices start at a low wage scale and as they make progress their wage is increased. Many are very productive in their second year of Apprenticeship. A 2009 Return on Investment Study says that for every dollar spent on Apprenticeship training, an employer receives a benefit, on average of $1.47
The State of North Carolina is currently supporting apprenticeship initiatives by offering free community college tuition to any North Carolina workers that enter an apprenticeship program. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has also submitted a $1.3 million grant proposal to grow apprenticeship programs across the state.
After the presentation by Dr. Howze, HR managers engaged in a substantive period of brainstorming and lively discussion with Dr. Howze and with representatives from Davie County Schools, Davidson County Community College and local temporary agencies who were also on hand in support of the HR managers and Davie County Industry. Discussion was wide ranging, exploring a number of options and arrangements were made by several companies to continue the discussion with local leaders after the meeting.
In Davie County, Economic Development is a Team Sport
As Terry Bralley noted, “Economic Development is a team sport. As we move forward as a community, we must create a local awareness that we are in competition with the world.”
The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $100,000 building reuse grant that will facilitate a 10-job expansion as well as renovations at REEB Millwork. The grant is part of a total capital investment of $320,451. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors,interior doors, columns and accessories stairs across the eastern United States.
“Opening doors in Davie County is what we continue to do as Reeb brings new jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Davie County Economic Development President Terry Bralley. “With Reeb, Davie County now hosts one of the largest distributors of custom mill products on the east coast.”
Reeb Mocksville, North Carolina, located at 346 Bethel Church Road, is one of five east coast branches for the family-owned door distribution company. Building One, as it’s referred to, is 242,000 sq. ft. and sits on 29 acres.The building and property, formerly King Sash & Door, was purchased by Reeb in 2010 in order to expand operations and offer full-line service to the Carolinas, southern Virginia and northeast Georgia.
The Mocksville branch opened with a staff of 45 people and six shipping docks. Now the company employs a staff of 110 and operates 19 shipping docks, according to Office Manager Scott Rush. “We’ve been growing and hiring and things are going well.”
Securing this grant will bring approximately ten new jobs to the Mocksville location. Reeb is looking to fill positions for assemblers, warehouse, drivers, and customer service. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a 401K retirement program. At each of its five locations, the company makes an effort to get involved in the local community in the form of hands-on training and education, and community outreach.
“ We were happy to assist their current growth needs to make this possible,” Bralley said. “The talented craftsmanship of our workforce coordinates with the vision and talent of Reeb’s management as they open new markets and experience tremendous growth at this location,” Bralley said.
As the company continues to grow, so will the number of jobs. Reeb has grown consistently over the last three decades and is now the largest distributor of exterior doors on the east coast working with over 3,500 dealers and their customers.
To aid in the recent growth, Reeb Mocksville will be undergoing renovations that include installing more energy efficient lighting in the warehouse, adding additional shipping docks, upgrading bathrooms and the breakroom, expanding office space, and adding a showroom.
In Davie County, the company assembles interior and exterior doors made of wood, fiberglass and steel. The company creates an array of both custom specialty doors and standard doors that are sold by home improvement stores and contractor yards throughout the area. Each is built on a per-order basis with a three-day turnaround time for stock products, according to Rush.
Davie County resident and Reeb’s Director of Product, Mike Crume, who began working for the company in 2013, has had a positive experience stating, “Great people throughout the organization help drive everyone to improve themselves, as well as the products and services provided to our customers.”
“Reeb is truly unique in offering a tremendous amount of growth opportunities,” says Crume. As for the working environment one can expect, he added, “It’s built upon a foundation of core values that resonates through the company. It’s really a great place to work.” To view current open positions, visit Reeb’s career page at www.reeb.com/careers.
The next time you buckle up on an airplane, you may be sitting on a little piece of home.
Sabeti Wain Aerospace (SWA) makes seat covers right here in Davie County for Southwest Airlines and many other international airlines as well as numerous airline seat vendors.
The company is recognized as an innovator in seat cover design and manufacturing, and pioneered the development of lamination technology. The lamination process enhances styling options, improves overall appearance, and increases durability and comfort.
“The interior design of the aircraft is one of the only opportunities an airline has to distinguish itself,” said Ian Westwood, managing director. “Creating comfort and image are key elements of what we do.”
SWA currently employs more than 40 people in Mocksville to design, cut, sew, test, and ship the custom-designed seat covers, and there are plans for expansion over the next two years as the company continues to grow its US market. This expansion will occur through the reconfiguration of the current facility.
A New Phase of Expansion
The company is headquartered in the UK and also has a production facility in Dubai. With a growing international market came the need to service overseas clients more directly and more responsively. To meet this demand, SWA established its new US-based subsidiary in Mocksville in 2013. Unlike the Dubai operation which is run from the UK, it is a standalone operation. All sales activity, customer service, product design and manufacturing are done locally.
The Mocksville facility provides a rapid response and faster overall turn round times for customers in the United States, Canada and South America, which together form about 75% of the global seat cover market. It has also allowed the company to dramatically reduce shipping costs, a significant benefit in an industry with tight profit margins.
Why North Carolina?
“You go where your primary customers are,” said Westwood, who relocated from a ten-year spell in Seattle to manage the company in 2014, but who has known and worked with the Sabeti Wain “family” for more than 20 years through working in the industry. “B/E Aerospace and HAECO Americas, which make airline seats, are two of our largest customers. Both have locations in the Piedmont Triad area and wanted a local Sabeti Wain facility to cut down on the time it took to develop the fresh brand images and cover designs demanded by the world’s airlines.”
A Missing Gas Cap Led to the Perfect Location in Mocksville
Hoping to capitalize on the thriving aerospace industry that has developed in the Piedmont in recent years, SWA’s executives were looking at locations between Charlotte and Hickory and the Piedmont Triad, including Davie County, for the new subsidiary.
While doing the 1-40 shuffle, crossing North Carolina to find the perfect location, a Sabeti Wain representative found his way to downtown Mocksville and to Restaurant 101 for lunch. Returning to his rental car, he noticed drops of oil on the hood. Mr. York at York’s Exxon quickly discovered that the oil filler cap was missing, replaced it free of charge, and the representative went on his way.
Still seeking the perfect location, the representative stopped at Restaurant 101 again several weeks later. Noting a sign for the Total Real Estate Company, he decided to learn about the little community that had treated him so well a few weeks earlier. Glen Stanley walked him over to talk with Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. Bralley identified a property at 852 US Hwy 64 W., the former Eagle Heights Church building, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“You have no idea who you are talking to at a restaurant,” said Bralley. “The best ambassadors we have are our citizens. Most people are proud to live here and naturally promote our community.”
A historic Davie County farmhouse is getting a new lease on life as a beautifully appointed event center. Join us for the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting of the Triple J Manor House this Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Triple J Manor House will be providing drinks (water, tea, lemonade, and wine), appetizers, and desserts. There will be music by the Happy Ones and Sunset Slush of the Piedmont will be serving Italian ice.
Originally built in the early 1800s for Benjamin F. Holton, the farmhouse has been transformed into a premier 6,000 ft. venue perfect for weddings, private events, receptions, meetings, showers, dinners, and much more.
With its large wrap-around porch overlooking beautifully landscaped grounds, the Triple J Manor House is a delightful location for both inside and outside events of all sizes. The Manor House will seat 300 inside and 100-200 outside. It also features a bridal suite and a stunning twin staircase.
An Event Center is Born
Bill Junker, owner of Trailers of the East Coast, purchased the property about five years ago from Dee’s Antiques since it borders the trailer dealership, but he didn’t want to tear down the old farmhouse. Last January, the Junker family put their heads together to decide what could be done with the property. They decided to create an event center that would be managed by the mother and daughter team of Deitre and Madison Junker.
“Something like this has always been a dream of mine,” said Madison, who graduated in May from Meredith College with a degree in event planning. “So far it has been a lot of fun and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Deitre agreed. “I’ve always enjoyed throwing parties and planning events, so this something I got really excited about.”
Family members visited many special event venues to get ideas and to help develop a vision for the Manor House.
“The Manor House has really come together nicely as a family affair,” said Deitre. “We all shared the same vision and the result has been amazing.” All agreed that they wanted to retain the farmhouse’s rustic charm while adding modern amenities like Wi-Fi and the technology for music and videos. Although Deitre and Madison will handle the day to day details, the Triple J Manor House has truly been a family affair.
To maintain the rustic theme, Will Junker, Deitre’s husband and Madison’s dad hand-crafted rustic bar stands. Bill, who Deitre credits with having an eye for detail and a wonderful sense of style, served as project manager. The entire family was on hand to set up for the first wedding a couple weeks ago, with everyone chipping in, setting up tables and chairs, decorating… whatever needed to be done.
“We’ve tried to create a laid back environment where the customer’s event can truly be their event,” said Madison with a smile. “We want this to be a venue for making memories.”
The Triple J Manor House is located at 362 Interstate Drive in Mocksville. For more information, go to http://www.triplejmanorhouse.com or call (336) 407-4826 or (336) 909-5764.