By Jeanna Baxter White
Mocksville is rolling out the red carpet and entering the glitz and glam world of show business. Special Event Services, an industry leader in audio, lighting, design, staging, and live event production broke ground this month on a space that will make room for growth, provide greater efficiency, and free up space for one of its affiliated companies.
Founded in 1986 by Jim Brammer and Jeff Cranfill in Brammer’s Winston-Salem garage, SES provides state-of-the-art equipment with unmatched service to clients including Ed Sheeran, Zac Brown Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, Franklin Graham, Joyce Meyer Ministries, and many others.
Located on a 15-acre site at 216 Angell Knoll Avenue, the 52,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building will include conference rooms, offices, and warehouse space. The company plans to move in next November. Future plans at the site include the addition of a rehearsal facility that will allow artists and productions to practice in a space set up to simulate the venue where they will be performing. The general contractor is Fourth Elm Construction of Kernersville. The project architect is CJMW Architecture, and the engineer is Stimmel Associates, both of Winston Salem.
“This expansion was a long time in coming,” said SES Director of Touring Michael Brammer, Jim’s son, who represents the second generation of the family business. “Over the past few years, we’ve experienced steady growth and needed more space to spread out to build and prep our events.”
“Mocksville provided us the right place at the right time. We found a great piece of land with easy access to I-40,” added Brammer. “It has been great getting to know everyone and working with the Davie County team. Everyone has been very welcoming and accommodating throughout the entire process. We are thrilled to be able to call Davie County home for SES!”
“What an exciting company to have in our community with its built-in star-studded list of customers,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “Special Event Services offers a tremendous opportunity for our Davie County community to learn and grow from their wealth of knowledge and experience in the entertainment business. In addition, breaking ground at this site opens up new sites for industrial and commercial development in the future.”