The Squire Boone Plaza in Mocksville is getting a new lease on life with a new owner, a new name, and a fresh coat of paint.
But these changes are just the beginning. David Tsui, the new owner, has already replaced the roof, and plans to continue remodeling the newly-named Eastgate Shopping Center, as well as improve the parking lot and walkways.
Creating the perfect atmosphere at the right price
“I want to make the Eastgate Shopping Center a place that tenants are proud of and customers will want to shop, while also keeping the rent at a reasonable price,” said Tsui, who prides himself on being a hands-on property owner. “I want to make sure the tenants are happy and feel taken care of,” he added. “I gave each of the tenants my cell phone number and told them to call me if they need anything.”
License Plate Agency Reopening this Spring
New tenants are coming to the shopping center. The NC License Plate Agency will reopen this spring in the former Central Carolina Bank building; Mary Esparza, who is famous for her “taco trailer,” is opening the El Taco restaurant where Perk a Latte used to be sometime this spring, as well.
Fastenal, which sells industrial, safety, and construction supplies and offers services including inventory management, manufacturing, and tool repair, celebrated its grand opening on March 18th.
Peebles, Davie Jewelers, Unique Hair Care and Glamourous Nails will remain in the shopping center, and the Internet Cafe has returned.
“We have experienced tremendous success with industrial growth,” said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County economy in general has rebounded, and we hope the rising tide will bring additional retail shops and small businesses.”
Retail Space Still Available
Several spaces of different sizes are still available for lease, and Tsui is willing to work with potential tenants to create the perfect space. He would love to see a grocery store return to the center.
Tsui, a former doctor turned real estate investor, credits his entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic to his father, who emigrated from China in 1983 with nothing, and now owns two Chinese restaurants in Chapel Hill. Tsui and his wife also own a medical supply company in Mebane that specializes in orthopedic bracing.
From Mebane to Mocksville
Tsui discovered Mocksville in a rather round-about away. He worked with Don Moss, a vice-president with the Charlotte office of Colliers International, several years ago while searching for a location for his medical supply company. When he became interested in purchasing a shopping center, he again called Moss.
Moss, a site-selection specialist who worked with Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies to bring Gildan and Dunlop Tyre to Davie County, had driven by Squire Boone Plaza many times and knew it was available. It was a match made in Heaven.
After one visit to Davie County, Tsui and his wife were hooked. “We found wonderful people wherever we went,” he said. “This is a great community with a great location. We are excited to be here, and look forward to continuing to invest in this community in the future.”
Golden LEAF awards $3.5 million in grants to bring projects to life
In 2011, Davie County’s unemployment rate reached 13% with minimal job prospects on the horizon. Today, the county boasts a 4.3% unemployment rate and booming businesses, according to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Corporation. Much of that dip in the jobless rate results from job growth in manufacturing and textiles. The county has gained approximately 1,400 new jobs in those sectors in the last five years, thanks in part to two grants totaling $3.5 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
Golden LEAF awarded Davie County $2.5 million in 2011 to purchase equipment to lease to Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Ashley Furniture agreed to repay the full cost of the equipment plus interest. One of the grant requirements required Ashley Furniture to create 550 new jobs by the end of 2014. The state reported in October 2015 that Ashley Furniture had 1,100 workers and needs 450 more.
Golden Leaf Foundation – A Davie County Job Creation Partner
“The Golden LEAF Foundation played a big part,” Bralley said. “It took a lot of work to bring Ashley Furniture here with the state and Golden LEAF coming together as partners on the project. This was really helpful for our community. Everybody gets really excited about bringing in jobs.”
To help bring the manufacturing jobs to the area, RJ Reynolds donated half of its stemmery plant to the county.
“The county was able to replace the tobacco industry jobs with furniture manufacturing jobs,” Bralley said. “And Ashley Furniture job announcements keep coming.”
Golden LEAF awarded Davie County another $1 million grant in 2013 to buy equipment to lease to Gildan Yarns, LLC. Gildan, a leading supplier of cotton and cotton-blend apparel, agreed to pay the full cost of the equipment plus interest, and was required to create 501 new jobs by December 31, 2016, with an average annual wage of $32,303 plus benefits. According to the grant stipulations, 292 new jobs were to be created in Davie County, with Rowan County and Bladen County also landing new jobs. The total capital investment of the company is $40 million in real property and $72 million in personal property. Gildan also plans to increase its purchases of NC-grown cotton. To date, Gildan has created 300 jobs at the Davie site.
“The Golden LEAF grants were a real shot in the arm for our county,” Davie County Manager Michael Ruffin said. “We are now bringing a workforce from outside our county to work here. They make the money here and spend the money here. It’s a real win.”
In order to do a job right, you must have the right tools for the job. Ingersoll Rand is helping to make that possible for students in Davie County High School’s automotive program.
Ingersoll Rand, the Official Power Tools of NASCAR, has awarded Davie County High School with a $10,000 Real Tools for Schools grant for its automotive skills training program. The $10,000 grant will help Davie County High School improve automotive classrooms and courses with updated equipment, supplies, instructor training and curricula.
Congratulations! Fortune Names Ingersoll Rand “Among World’s Most Admired Companies”
In addition to thanking Ingersoll Rand for their generous contribution to the success of Davie County students, please join us in congratulating Ingersoll Rand for placing in the Top 10 in Community Responsibility Category Among FORTUNE’s Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies.
These students are the future of the automotive technology industry
Davie County High School’s automotive vocational program received one of the first Real Tools for Schools grants because of the quality of its application, according to Jennifer Hutchins, communications manager for Ingersoll Rand. “Ingersoll Rand was excited to see the school’s plans to put the money to use to enhance the training of future automotive technicians,” she said. “Our goal is to provide funding for classroom and coursework improvements. We also want to build relationships with schools in close proximity to company sites and engage our employees to work with students on learning enrichment programs. Working with automotive students in communities where we do business, and building and maintaining those relationships is important to Ingersoll Rand,” Hutchins added.
In addition to the grants, Ingersoll Rand Power Tools employees are partnering with participating high schools to deliver seminars, hands-on training and learning enrichment experiences for students enrolled in automotive technician programs.
“These students are the future of the automotive technology industry. Ingersoll Rand is proud to support technical education for students that prepares them for success and enhances job readiness,” says Donny Simmons, president of Ingersoll Rand Power Tools.
Ingersoll Rand–400 Strong and 50 Years of Excellence in Mocksville
The Mocksville North Carolina plant, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in May 2015, first opened in 1965 and began machining rotary components for air compressors. Throughout the years the Mocksville team has manufactured assemblies and components for a number of products within Ingersoll Rand’s product portfolio, including Centac™ and rotary assemblies.
Within the last six years, the plant has experienced tremendous growth as select assembly operations for Trane® and Thermo King® equipment were moved to the Mocksville plant.
Today, Mocksville employs a world-class workforce of more than 400 full-time associates dedicated to efficiency and quality. The Mocksville operation represents the enduring strength of Ingersoll Rand as a manufacturer and is known within the company for its excellent continuous improvement program, safety record and team spirit.
The Ingersoll Rand Real Tools for Schools program is sponsored by the Ingersoll Rand Foundation and the company’s Power Tools business to enhance education for high-school students in automotive technology programs. For more information about the Real Tools For Schools grant visit www.ingersollrandproducts.com/RealtoolsRealSchools/.
Economic development is like baseball – it takes an entire team to win the game.
Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, has a team of heavy hitters, and win the game they do. Terry Bralley’s Davie County economic development team, made up of NC Representative Julia Howard, NC Senator Andrew Brock, Board of County Commissioners,Town Boards, Town & County Staff, EDC Board, DCCC – The Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties, private sector contributors, and the community itself, have been knocking it out of the park.
“No one person can do everything themselves,” said Bralley, “It takes our citizens, our schools, our local boards and elected officials, and well as our representatives in Raleigh, to make things happen. Everyone takes pride when we do win something.”
“We are in competition with the world because a product can be manufactured anywhere and consumed anywhere,” he added. “We work hard the provide the perfect environment for businesses to succeed.”
While much of North Carolina is still struggling to recover from the recession that began in 2007, economic development is alive and well in Davie County.
The last four years of statistics prove Davie County has a job winning team: 2553 jobs and $497.4 million in investments into Davie County.
Here is a recap of the successes:
In 2012, six companies invested $222.3 million dollars and created 1,015 new jobs in Davie County. These companies included CPP Global, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Ashley Furniture, Beaufurn, Ingersoll Rand, and Avgol.
Ashley Furniture expanded its commitment to Davie County in 2013 when it broke ground on a 1,040,000 square foot distribution facility, which will eventually be the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution center in the world. Gildan and Pro Refrigeration created 375 more jobs and invested an additional $154.9 million. And Wake Forest Baptist Health transformed the vacant Skyline building into a disaster response equipment storage facility.
2015 turned out to be another banner year with an increase of 458 jobs and an investment of an additional $100.3 million in Davie County. Dex/Volvo, Carolina Precision Machining and AccuMED made Davie County home, while Avgol and Pro Refrigeration expanded. Wake Forest Baptist Health entered phase II of construction and development at its Davie Campus. Ashley Furniture committed an additional $8.7 million and 450 additional jobs over the next five years.
These successes were aided by Federal and State Grants of $ 14,046,000; ( One NC Fund $1,785,000, Golden leaf $3,500,000, Building Reuse Grants $2,500,000, Infrastructure $6,261,000); Land Donations $3,500,000; JDIG $11,250,000; and EDC Private Sector Capital Campaign $1,000,000.
The Davie County Economic Development Commission has created a dynamic and growth-oriented business climate through a spirit of partnership with the local business community, local and state governments and a network of economic development partners. These partnerships are an important part of how businesses thrive in Davie County, North Carolina.
With all of the building blocks in place to help you succeed, Davie County is the Right Place to do Business. For more information, contact:
Terry Bralley, President
Economic Development Commission
Another Vacant Building Back in Business – Hiring to Begin in Spring
The company is moving into the former Ventlab building, a 78,300 square foot building located at 155 Boyce Drive in Mocksville. AccuMED corporate headquarters in Mocksville is expected to include jobs in senior management, engineering, supply chain, production planning, information technology, human relations, quality assurance, logistics and warehousing, project management, finance, and general production and support positions.
The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved a building reuse grant of $500,000 for building improvements to the 78,300 square foot building which has been vacant for approximately a year and a half. Construction is expected to begin this month (November, 2015) with hiring to begin in the spring of 2016.
AccuMED Corporation is a world-class engineering services and contract manufacturing partner for major medical product companies with a specialty in textile-based class I/II medical products that touch the body. Using their knowledge of materials and how they interface with the human body, their world class engineering team works with their design teams to create and transform ideas into a product which meets the form, fit and function of unique application requirements. Additionally, they provide turn-key design and manufacturing. Their integrated engineering, manufacturing and logistics capabilities enable them to provide one-stop, fast turnaround design and manufacturing.
Current products include CPAP Headgear, DVT Wraps, Patient Slings, Lateral Transfer Mattresses and Orthopedic Devices.
It’s another economic home run for Davie County as Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., the world’s largest home furnishings company, announced last week plans to create 454 new jobs at its Davie County facility over the next five years and invest an additional $8.7 million at the site by the end of 2019.
Ashley plans to add these new positions in the areas of upholstery, case goods, mattress manufacturing, warehousing, and information technology. There are job openings available at the Davie site today. Click here to apply!
The announcement came last Tuesday during the annual High Point Furniture Market. “America’s leading furniture manufacturer is again investing in the South’s leading manufacturing state,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “Ashley continues to be an enormously successful company, and we’re proud that it has chosen North Carolina as the place to pursue its ambitious growth plans.”
Ashley Furniture Expansion Announcement – October 13, 2015
Ashley Furniture Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina
Ashley Furniture has already Doubled and Tripled its initial commitment to Davie County
Ashley initially committed to creating 550 jobs and investing $80 million in Davie County between 2012 and 2015. The company has already exceeded these commitments by creating more than 1,100 jobs and investing more than $250 million into its 2.8 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art furniture manufacturing and distribution facility and related training and development activities in Advance.
“Ashley Furniture put Davie County on the map,” said Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development. “To create that many jobs in that short of time is nothing short of incredible. Ashley Furniture under-promised and over-delivered. We knew Ashley was going to be a big deal. They are a leader in the world at what they do. It’s a recognizable brand that has created a lot of jobs.”
Todd Wanek, Ashley’s President and CEO remarked, “We are extremely pleased with the pro-business attitude of the State of North Carolina and the efforts of our entire team. It has been a challenging and fulfilling journey, and we look forward to a very bright future in North Carolina.”
Ashley Furniture is a global company with operations in 123 countries. Based in Arcadia, Wisconsin, it employs 25,000 people worldwide. The company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California and has a distribution warehouse facility located in Brandon, Fla. The privately-held company had nearly $4 billion in sales in 2014. Ashley arrived in Davie County in April 2012 after an extensive, seven-year search for a site that would serve its growing customer base. When completed, the Davie County facility will encompass 3.8 million square feet and will be the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution facility in the entire world.
Why Ashley Furniture Selected Davie County
The decision on where to invest in a new manufacturing plant is one of the most important decisions a company makes. Long term success for the company requires the right location, the availability of a skilled workforce, strong workforce development programs, and well-developed utility, energy, communication, and transportation assets. All of these components are in place in Davie County.
Location, Location, Location
Davie County’s location in central North Carolina, bisected by I-40, with I-85 and I-77 only minutes away, is within a one-day drive of 60% of the US market, one half of the nation’s population and one trillion dollars of industrial production. Rail freight services available through Southern and Norfolk Southern and two major airports within about an hour’s drive also make Davie County an attractive location for manufacturing.
The commuting pattern for workers in Davie County indicates that over 12,000 people, or 70% of our workforce travels out of the county for work each day while 5,000 people travel into Davie County for work. This 37% workforce net out-migration pattern translates into an available skilled workforce in Davie County.
Workforce Development Training and the High Performance Manufacturing Association hosted by DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties, provides cutting edge, globally competitive workforce development solutions through campuses in Davidson and Davie Counties.
Davie County Economic Development Commission
A key player in helping match companies in search of new opportunities with critical infrastructure and land-related resources is the Davie County Economic Development Commission. Visit the Davie County EDC web site to learn what Davie County has to offer for businesses of all sizes in one of North Carolina’s most progressive and business friendly counties.
Davie County Community Should Take a Bow
Bralley added, “Thanks to Ashley, our stock with the state really went up. We were in the right place, at the right time, at the right cost. We demonstrated as a small, rural community, that we are able to compete in a global environment. The whole community really ought to take a bow. In Davie County the whole community gets involved. Everyone comes to bat and is ready to play ball. We just have that kind of community.”
State Grant Facilitates Expansion
An award from the state’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program to Ashley will help facilitate its expansion. Approved earlier Tuesday by the Economic Investment Committee, the reimbursements may total as much as $4.6 million from 2016 through 2027. The program by law must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. In the case of JDIG-supported projects in Tier 2 counties such as Davie County, 15 percent of the award is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties. Ashley’s expansion could provide as much as $511,900 in new funds for the Utility Account.
The project was also made possible by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina fund of up to $829,500. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent upon financial matches from local governments.
In addition to N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other key partners in the project include the North Carolina Community College System, Davidson County Community College, the Davie County Board of Commissioners, Davie County Economic Development Commission, Duke Energy and the Golden Leaf Foundation.
Just two years after opening its East Coast manufacturing plant in Davie County, Pro Refrigeration is expanding! They have outgrown the 40,000 square feet of space in the former Crown Wood building on John Crotts Road and have expanded into over 60,000 square feet of space in the former Renegade Tobacco warehouse on Beechtree Place, just off of Farmington Road near Interstate 40. The layout of the new location doubles the amount of space dedicated to the manufacturing process.
Skilled Workforce, Business Friendly Environment & Amazing Support
Pro Refrigeration was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Auburn Washington. In 2013, after a year-long search for a site that would fit their east coast expansion plans, the family owned manufacturer decided that Davie County best reflected their vision for the future and they opened a manufacturing plant at the former Crown Wood plant on John Crotts Road. According to CEO Jim Vandergiessen, Jr., CEO of Pro Refrigeration, “We chose Davie County for our east coast manufacturing plant because of the skilled workforce, the business friendly environment, and the amazing support we’ve received from everyone we’ve met.”
Broad Community Support for Local Entrepreneurs
An entrepreneurial mindset and a love for Davie County helped make the Pro Refrigeration expansion possible. When Pro Refrigeration recognized the need to expand its Davie County manufacturing foot-print, local leaders and entrepreneurs went to work to help keep the company here in Davie County.
According to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, “Our community of business leaders and entrepreneurs has gained a lot of experience over the last several years and they know how to win in the economic development arena. Broad based community support for these wins has encouraged an entrepreneurial mindset among local business owners and entrepreneurs across Davie County.
“After a series of economic development wins since over the last several years, Davie County is running low on our inventory of existing buildings. While the former Renegade Tobacco warehouse had just about the right amount of space for the Pro Refrigeration expansion, there were some key pieces missing, including office space and parking. The building is owned by several local entrepreneurs who were able to work to up-fit the space to meet Pro Refrigeration’s office and parking requirements. Local entrepreneurs engaged and invested in economic development translates into broad community support for local entrepreneurs.”
Open House at New Davie County Manufacturing Plant Celebrates 25 Years in Business
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Pro Refrigeration held an open house in the new Davie County plant to celebrate 25 years in business and to showcase their new facility to the community. Pro Refrigeration designs, manufactures, and distributes state-of-the-art refrigeration systems for the dairy, winery, food processing, medical, and brewing industries.
Pro Refrigeration customers, employees and Davie County residents, as well as state and local government leaders attended the open house.
Aviation has been creating jobs and opportunities in North Carolina since the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the aerospace industry is still a very important job growth cluster for North Carolina.
Carolina Precision Machining, Inc. (CPM), a home-grown Davie County aerospace manufacturer has relocated its manufacturing operation to the former Trim Building located in Mocksville at 351 Bethel Church Road. Founded in Davie County by Steve Vick in 1993, CPM manufactures precision machine parts for aerospace, aviation and heavy equipment manufacturers. The company currently employs 30 people and this move will help the company create 10-25 new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.
Entrepreneurial Talent – The Secret to Long Term Economic Vitality
According to Terry Bralley, Davie County Economic Development Commission President, “While big economic development deals like Ashley Furniture, Avgol, Baptist Health, Gildan, and Avgol get lots of attention and news coverage, it is the small business entrepreneur that creates most of the jobs in this country. Entrepreneurs in Davie County like Steve Vick know how to get things done. They are taking the initiative, assuming the risk, and putting our people to work.
“Davie County seems to have the right combination of factors that make this fertile ground for the entrepreneurial mind-set. We are growing but we are still small enough that a small business owner in Davie County can feel like a big fish in a small pond. Many of these successful leaders are up and coming young folks with vision, high energy, passion and talent. We’re blessed to have folks like Steve in our community. The Davie County EDC is looking at ways to foster and grow this entrepreneurial talent base.
Improved workflows and room for expansion pave the way for job growth
The new location provides room for expansion and reduces operating costs by enabling dramatic work-flow efficiency improvements. According to Steve Vick, “This new location gave us a clean slate and the opportunity to think outside the box and re-configure workflows from scratch; improving efficiency, reducing costs and making us a more valuable partner for our customers. The additional floor space and plant layout has allowed us to improve every aspect of our operation. “
One of the biggest advantages of the new location is additional space for new equipment. CPM is in the process of installing and configuring their newest laser in the new location. The cost of cutting hard-to-machine materials by conventional mechanical machining processes is high due to the low material removal rate and short tool life. Some materials are not possible to be cut by the conventional machining process at all. Laser beam machining uses a laser beam to remove materials without mechanical engagement with the work-piece material.
Public & Private Sector Partnerships – Economic Development is a Team Sport
The North Carolina Community Colleges system, DCCC Community College and the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board worked together in support of private sector job growth at CPM.
With the support of an Incumbent Workers Grant from The Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board and a Workforce Development Grant from Davidson County Community College and the North Carolina Community College System, CPM earned the coveted aerospace manufacturing certifications AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 in 2013 paving the way for continued job growth in the aviation sector.
According to Steve, “The AS9100C certification enables CPM to compete on a level playing field with firms that are many times our size in the aerospace industry. It is unique for a firm our size to achieve this prestigious certification and it demonstrates our commitment to “Total Customer Satisfaction”.
Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission said, “Congratulations to Steve Vick and to the entire team at Carolina Precision Machining. It is impressive when a firm is able to compete at this level and we look forward to the continued success of Steve Vick and the entire team at Carolina Precision Machining.
About Carolina Precision Machining
Carolina Precision Machining is a privately owned and operated company established in 1993. CPM provides precision machine part manufacturing services for aerospace, aviation and heavy equipment manufacturers with quality that is certified to comply with AS 9100C and ISO 9001:2008 requirements.
Skilled machinists at CPM do high-precision, close tolerance tooling work and high volume turning and milling. They also perform first article inspection components and prototypes prior to production.
Carolina Precision Machining can be reached by telephone at 336 751-7788 and on the web at www.cpmmachining.com.
Additional Reporting on CPM Expansion
Triad Business Journal – Mocksville machining firm to add up to 25 jobs
Winston Salem Journal – Precision expanding, adding to 10-25 jobs
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The Volvo Group invested $2.6 million into the renovation of the 210,000 square-foot Dex building located at 2016 Cornatzer Road in Advance, North Carolina and created 38 new jobs in Davie County. The building is located on 38 acres near Interstate 40.
Automotive Industry Discovers Davie County
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory travelled to Davie County today to welcome DEX to North Carolina. Governor McCrory was joined by executives of the Volvo Group, Dex Heavy Duty Parts LLC and local and state officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Dex facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour.
Dex, a Volvo Group subsidiary and leading supplier of recycled, renovated and surplus medium- and heavy-duty truck parts, offers new life to trucks by offering recycled and renovated parts to second- and third-generation truck owners.
Why DEX Chose Davie County
In 2009 the Mack Truck HQ was moved from Allentown, PA to Greensboro, NC – creating some 500 new jobs.
The DEX operation relocated to Davie County from Floyd, Virginia in August of 2014. They moved to Davie County for close-in access to major Interstate Highways I-40, I-77 and I-85, access to an educated workforce, and the ability to “recycle” an existing textile manufacturing plant to a new life – which is what Dex does – “recycles” trucks and truck parts.
“The Volvo Group is pleased to open another facility in North Carolina,” said Dennis Slagle, president of Volvo Group Trucks Sales North America. “Dex Heavy Duty Parts takes old trucks and recycles them – refurbishing some parts for resale and recycling others for reuse – which is not only a natural extension of our business, but perfectly exemplifies our core value of care for the environment.”
“Since 2012, Dex has recycled more than three million pounds of material,” said Darin Redmon, director of operations for Dex Heavy Duty Parts. “We are the only OEM that has a complete lifecycle channel for its products.”
Governor McCrory Welcomes Volvo/DEX to North Carolina
“We welcome this investment by the Volvo Group and Dex Heavy Duty Parts in our state,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “It’s always great to see companies move to North Carolina and we appreciate Dex Heavy Duty Parts’ commitment to our state and environment. Employers know North Carolina is a great place to invest because of our friendly business climate, infrastructure and talented workforce.”
According to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, “DEX came to Davie County because we had the right building available, with rail service, at the right location. We have only a couple of existing buildings still available for companies looking at a Davie County location. We have plenty of sites available but most companies are looking for existing buildings. For additional information on doing business in Davie County, North Carolina, please visit www.daviecountyedc.com.
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Avgol has announced plans to invest $40,000,000 and create 50 new jobs in Mocksville by expanding and adding a new production line to its plant in Mocksville. The addition of a fifth production line will make the Mocksville plant the world’s largest single producer of non-woven fabric.
Jessi Andrade, (Avgol Human Resource Manager) mentioned that Avgol plans to hire several skill level positions in the summer of 2015 to “give them a year of training on the job.” Avgol expects to host a job fair late in 2015 or early 2016 to hire additional positions. The average annual salary for these new jobs at Avgol will be $35,000 with benefits.
Avgol, a global leader in the production of non-woven fabric for things like diapers and feminine products has recently been eying a place to expand operations to keep up with increased product demand. Avgol has four facilities across the globe: Tel-Aviv, Israel; Hubei, China; Tula, Russia; and Mocksville, North Carolina, USA. With all of these options, Avgol chose Mocksville for this growth.
Transportation and Logistics: Rail in Davie County Helps Fuel Economic Growth
The new Avgol production line in Mocksville represents the 4th expansion for Avgol in Davie County since they purchased the plant from Unifi in 2001. At that time the plant consisted of a single production line. The installation of a rail spur in 2005 for the delivery of inbound raw materials for manufacturing has helped make NC and Davie County a strategic location for Avgol.
Engineered Non-Woven Fabrics – Science & Industry Join Forces, Fuel Job Growth
The manufacturing of engineered fabrics is at the leading edge of a textile revival in North Carolina and advanced technology is at the heart of non-woven manufacturing. Avgol has utilized training and support services provided by North Carolina State University’s Non-Woven Institute (NWI).
The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. The NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.
Economic Development Trending Up for Davie
Add Avgol to a string of recent economic development victories like Ashley Furniture and Gildan ActiveWear and you discover a trend; furniture and textile manufacturing is coming back. Ashley furniture will have 1200 employees by year end and Gildan is on track to have 300 employees.
Andrade explained that Avgol offers “great benefits and the wages are competitive. If you or someone you know is interested in working with Avgol, the best thing to do is drop by and talk with us, and be on the lookout for our job fair later this year.”
Davie County Winning the Global Competition for Jobs
For this win, Davie County and the Town of Mocksville both approved economic development incentives that were a key piece of this victory. Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission tells us that economic development is a team sport. If we continue working together as a community, Davie County continue to win the global competition for jobs.
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