Terry Bralley has been promoting the economic development of Davie County since 1980, serving first as Mocksville Town Manager, then Davie County Manager, and now President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. 

Congratulations to Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, who has been named a 2022 Power Player by the Triad Business Journal. 

To build the 5th annual list, TBJ looked back through the headlines of the past 18 months at leaders championing efforts that can dynamically change the region’s trajectory. These key leaders are shepherding and executing game-changing initiatives or developments that are moving the Triad economy forward. Many of these initiatives were in the making. The list includes people who stepped up boldly during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping keep critical elements of the economy moving forward and leading the region’s business recovery. While primarily based on past year’s efforts, it is also intended to be forward-looking, as these catalytic efforts are often ongoing initiatives.

Scott Bader, a global structural adhesives and gelcoats maker, based in the United Kingdom, will invest nearly $25 million to bring its first U.S. manufacturing facility to Mocksville. It acquired a 110,000-square-foot spec building on 15 acres at SouthPoint Business Park where it will invest $8.7 million in upfits and equipment. It will create 27 new jobs. (L to R) Kumar Abhinava, group project manager; Art Murphy, regional sales manager; Pierre Parenteau, site manager Drummondville, Quebec; Bobbi Krieger Jacobs, HR partner Americas; Jennie Morey, project manager; Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. 

Among the 80 pedigreed players are CEOs, college presidents, influential developers, and the directors of the region’s largest airport, biggest entertainment venues and most cutting-edge medical company.

In Bralley’s summary, TBJ stated, “What makes him a Power Player: With a location at the convergence of major interstate highways between the Triad, Charlotte, and beyond, Davie County has played way above its weight in industrial, manufacturing, and logistics openings and expansions since the mid-2010s. In just a four-month period last year, Mocksville landed seven different economic development wins. Anchored by the Southpoint Business Park in Mocksville, a project of the Hollingsworth Cos., along with other sites, the county continues to reap expansion benefits, including Ashley Furniture, which has a growing assembly and distribution center there.”

Last year’s wins included the following companies. 

Together they will create more than 550 new jobs and add $100 million to Davie County’s tax base. 

Liberty Storage Solutions, which moved from Rowan County to Mocksville in 2015, purchased 56 acres near its current facility in Mocksville where it plans to invest $8 million in a larger facility. The company broke ground on an office building and an additional 50,000 – 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space. (L to R) Joe LaFave, LaFave’s Construction; Weston Liebee, vice-president of Liberty Storage Solutions; Bobby Eaton, owner and president of Liberty Storage Solutions; Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development Commission; Will Marklin, mayor of the Town of Mocksville. Photo by Jessica White.

Additional projects are in the works as new spec buildings become available. 

Although honored by the award, Bralley credits Davie County’s economic development success to a collaboration between local and state government officials, business leaders, private sector investors, and a successful spec-building program. 

While Terry Reneger, vice-chairman of the Davie County board of commissioners and a member of the Davie County Economic Commission, agrees, he identifies Bralley as the secret sauce.  “Having worked closely with Terry since 2006, I continue to be impressed with his ability to win deals. He does not rest until all avenues have been thoroughly explored. His subtle competitiveness has benefited Davie County immensely, and this award is well deserved.”

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