It takes all kinds of jobs to run a furniture company and Ashley Furniture is bringing even more of those jobs to Davie County. It was announced today that over the next several months Ashley Furniture will add 300 jobs to the manufacturing center in Davie County bringing the total Ashley Furniture Davie County workforce to 1,200 employees.
Ashley Furniture – Under Promising and Over-Delivering
Reality rarely beats projections when it comes to initial projections on the number of jobs to be created when a new facility opens. In Ashley Furniture’s case, the reality blows the early projections out of the water! When Ashley first announced the opening of a new manufacturing center in Advance, NC they committed to having a workforce of 550 in place by 2017. As of May, 2015 the facility already employs over 800 people. With over 2,8 million square feet (65 acres under roof), the Ashley Furniture Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina is poised to become the largest furniture manufacturing facility in the 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.
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.
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.
Ashley Furniture is a Global Company with Operations in 123 Countries
Ashley Furniture has been in business since 1945. It began manufacturing furniture in 1970 in Arcadia, Wis. Today Ashley, who has been showcasing its products at High Point Market for close to 40 years, is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world. The company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California and has a distribution warehouse facility located in Brandon, Fla. Today Ashley employs 12,000 employees in the United States. All of Ashley’s manufacturing operations are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to maximize efficiencies to better serve customers’ needs. Ashley is a global company doing business in 123 countries… AND Davie County, North Carolina!
In the News:
MyFox8 – Ashley Furniture Adding 300 Jobs in Davie County
WXII12 – Ashley Furniture plans to add 300 jobs within months in Davie County
Triad Business Journal – Ashley adding 300 jobs at Davie plant
The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $450,000 grant from the Industrial Development Fund to install a new road and bridge on Quality Drive in the Southpoint Business Park. This bridge and road infrastructure will open up approximately 85 acres of land for future development.
There are immediate plans to develop three of the new parcels of land with buildings that could total over 400,000 square feet of industrial space available for new businesses, potentially providing hundreds of jobs over the next five years. For the right project, one of the buildings could be expanded to 800,000 square feet.
How Infrastructure Investment Leads to New Job Creation
While some communities have used public funds to compete with other developers, Davie County has taken the opposite approach of supporting private sector efforts by partnering with private developers rather than competing with them. SouthPoint Business Park, located just north of Interstate 40 on US Highway 601 is an example of this approach.
Owned and developed by site-selection expert Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies, Southpoint Business Park consists of eight buildings, seven of which are occupied, with only one in inventory and available. The seven existing businesses have resulted in millions of dollars of investment with hundreds of jobs created.
According to Davie County Economic Development Commission President Terry Bralley, “Ninety Percent of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into. Our partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies means that we have an inventory of available buildings and permitted lots for people who don’t have time to waste. Further, we are blessed with a developer like Joe Hollingsworth who is flexible enough to lease, sell, or provide equity capital for companies locating in our community. This is an advantage that every small community and every economic developer would love to have and it continues to bring jobs and opportunity to Mocksville and Davie County.”
Chip Sisk, Industrial Real Estate Director for the Hollingsworth Companies, said “We continue to be bullish on Davie County. This forward thinking infrastructure investment will pay dividends for years to come. This is a low cost, labor-rich community with a pro-business mindset on an interstate highway. And that’s a winning formula for business success.”
About the Rural Infrastructure Authority
The Rural Infrastructure Authority was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at theNC Department of Commerce to assist with the review and approval of grants for rural areas in the state. The grants-making programs of the Division include assistance for building reuse and restoration, water and sewer infrastructure, and economic innovation in rural communities.
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Download a copy of the press release for Bridge to New Jobs! – $450,000 Infrastructure Grant to Support Job Creation in Mocksville.
2014 was an outstanding year of growing opportunity for businesses and citizens. Davie County and the Davie County Economic Development Commission continue to play a leadership role in job creation.
In late 2013, the Davie County Economic Development Commission set a goal to raise $1,000,000 over the next five years to implement a strategic plan to create jobs and grow the local economy. The plan, “Together we are Davie!” has as its fundamental goals to realize more than $100,000,000 in new capital investment and to create 1,200 new primary jobs over five years.
The five-year economic growth initiative will utilize five key strategies to achieve the plan’s goals: New Business Recruitment, Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Development, Product Development and an Opportunity Fund.
British manufacturer Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has selected Mocksville, North Carolina as the site for its first retreading facility in the United States.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, the world’s only specialist aircraft tire manufacturer and retreader, will use the Mocksville location to boost its competitiveness across the Americas, particularly on popular narrow and wide-bodied jet airliners and military aircraft.
“We plan to create at least 40 jobs within our first two years of operation and there is the prospect of more to follow as we expand our presence in the market,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson. “We have been encouraged by the positive response to our plans by the local community. The site offers good transport links and we are confident that we can find an excellent work force within the Mocksville and Davie County region.” The company may begin hiring…
The Davie County Economic Development Commission (EDC) announces the Partnership for Workforce Development. The Partnership for Workforce Development is a partnership between the EDC, the Davie County School System, and Davidson County Community College. This Partnership combines the building blocks for continued economic development in Davie County.
After being closed for more than 2 years, the former Crestwood Farms (Townsends) processing plant on Eaton Road in Mocksville is up and running again. Like a knight on a white horse, House or Raeford Farms is bringing the plant back to life and bringing up to 200 jobs back to this Mocksville location…
Sabeti Wain Garrard Aerospace (SWG Aerospace) is investing in Davie County and creating new jobs here. They are located at 852 US Highway 64 West, in Mocksville at the former Eagle Heights Baptist Church. SWG Aerospace is a division of Sabeti Wain Aerospace, a global leader in the design and manufacture of airline passenger seatcovers with direct sales to over 20 major international airliners. Sabeti Wain Aerospace is headquartered in the UK with a second production operation in Dubai. Although it has started initially with a small team, it is expected that the new company in Mocksville, SWG Aerospace, will grow to about 50 employees. Depending on how well the new company does, the employment numbers could eventually grow to much higher than 50. The Sabetti Wain Aerospace operations in the UK and Dubai manufacturing plants employ 110 and 118 people respectively.
May 13, 2014 – In another example of Davie County business leaders playing ambassador for our community, Davie County is pleased to welcome Bolts and Nuts Corp. to Mocksville, North Carolina.
Trailers of the East Coast is Expandinghe East Coast is expanding and creating new jobs in Mocksville, North Carolina. Thanks to a loyal customer base, business is growing at Trailers of the East Coast and they are expanding to better meet their customers’ needs.
An editorial in the Winston Salem Journal commented positively this week on the investment in grants and incentives that helped bring the new Gildan Activewear manufacturing facility to Mocksville. Gildan Activewear is investing $112 million to bring 290 jobs to Mocksville. Groundbreaking will occur soon and production is scheduled to begin in 2015.