Another Win for Davie County – Avgol to Invest $40 Million & Create 50 New Jobs

Aerial View of Mocksville Avgol Plant With Rail Service Visible

Aerial View of Mocksville Avgol Plant With Rail Service Visible

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.

Please join us in thanking Avgol for continuing to invest in Davie County!

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300 More Jobs for Davie County as Ashley Furniture Continues to Grow

Davie_County_NC_Jobs-2It 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.

Job seekers should apply in-person at the Davie County plant or online at www.ashleyfurniture.com.  Many of these jobs are also posted to www.daviecountyblog.com/jobs.

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

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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

kidsfest-mocksville-postKidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is co-sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, fire truck and smoke house, bunnies, a magic show and Balloonist, Zumba, YMCA obstacle course and Yoga, Lowe’s Build and Grow, Mad Science, door prizes and more.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11:00 AM.  New to KidsFest this year will be North Carolina Rail Yard Buddies with an O gauge display of model trains.

Family Resouces
Parent/Child sessions including bike safety, in conjunction with Active Routes to School bike helmet fittings (while supplies last). There will be many representatives from community non-profits and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources.

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required to receive tickets and passes for some of the activities and to be eligible for a drawing for a family prize basket.

There were over 800 folks in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at www.daviesmartstart.org.

Schedule of Activities – 2015 Kidsfest

TIME Presentation Location Presenter
10:00-12:45 Raffle Tickets Inside / Outside Smart Start
10:00-10:15 Welcome & Announcements Main Stage Smart Start / DJ
10:20-10:35 Zumba Main Stage Krysta Gary
10:40-10:50 Announcements Main Stage DJ
11:00-11:30 Davie Combined Chorus Main Stage Davie County Elementary Schools
11:35-11:50 Yoga Main Stage Pearl Holston
11:55-12:25 Magic Show Main Stage Ryan Short
12:30-12:40 Announcements/Last Call Tickets Main Stage DJ
12:45 Ticket Sales Stop ************************* *************************
1:00-1:15 Raffle Winners Main Stage Smart Start/DJ
1:30-2:00 Announcement / Thanks! Main Stage Smart Start

***Balloon Sculpting by Ryan Short throughout the day***

10:00-2:00 Entertainments/Crafts/Games Inside/Outside Vendors
10:00-Gone Bike Helmets/Bike Safety Class Inside Smart Start/Active Routes to School/Mocksville Police Dept.
10:00-2:00 Bounce Houses Outside Smart Start
10:00-2:00 Mad Science Outside Mad Science
10:00-2:00 Face Painting Outside FEA
10:00-2:00 Slushy Outside Sunset Slush
10:00-2:00 Trains Inside NC Rail Yard Buddies
10:00-2:00 Lowes Build and Grow Outside Lowes

 

 

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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketAdmission is free and the benefits are endless!  Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington is warm and inviting.   Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save money at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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Free Community Event this Saturday ~ “A Tapestry of Talent at Ashley for the Arts Festival”

Ashley for the Arts - A Tapestry ofTalent

Musical Theatre, Film Productions, Dance, Choral and Instrumental Performances
On Saturday, May 9 from 1-5 PM Davie County Schools will host the 5th Annual Arts Smart Festival sponsored by the Ashley for the Arts national initiative, now known as the Ashley for the Arts Festival.

This exciting event will take place at Davie High School in the cafeteria, gymnasiums, and art classrooms.  Every arts educator in Davie County Schools will be bringing students to perform or exhibit their art work. The activities are designed to entice all ages to participate in art and music making.

Performances will include musical theatre, film productions, and dance, as well as choral and instrumental music. The entire community is invited to this wonderful event focused on Davie County families.

“The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value.”
– Todd Wanek
President & CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

Tapestry of Talent
The theme of this year’s Ashley for the Arts Festival is Tapestry of Talent, an afternoon of experiencing and participating in the arts.  Through the generosity of Ashley Furniture and the Ashley for the Arts initiative, arts educators throughout Davie County have been able to participate in grants for equipment, instructional supplies, instruments and instrument repairs and technology for the arts classrooms.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Ashley Furniture for their generous support of The Arts in Davie County Schools.  Join us on Saturday, May 9 from 1-5 PM at Davie County High School and enjoy the superb talent of our student artists.

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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Thursday, May 7, in Mocksville

veterans coffeeThe monthly Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville this Thursday, May 7th from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  This is a monthly event scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  Veterans have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Don Timmons, Event Coordinator and Vietnam veteran, explained Hospice & Palliative CareCenter’s involvement. “We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie and also to offer access to local resources that our veterans may not be aware of.”

Around the country and here in North Carolina similar events are being held to provide veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

Through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA), Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is better serving our veteran and their families.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheet’s for providing pastries, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for hosting these events as part of its “We Honor Veteran’s”  program along with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

For more information, please call 336 331-1309.

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Daniel Boone Family Festival This Saturday will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

Natalie Stovall and the Drive!Free Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 2, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM.  Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull HoleVeach’s Muster Ground, Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site, and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Frozen T-Short Contest with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Short Contest at Junker’s Mill at 3:15.  This fun and hilarious event will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing these frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first.  Registration on the day of the festival at Relay for Life Food Tent – $5 Fee.

1st place $100 ( 17 & UP) $25 ( 11-16) $25 ( 6-10)
2nd place $75 $10 $10
3rd place $50 $5 $5

Music all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Natalie Stovall at 5:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music with a twist of story telling of Mel Jones and his Bag O’Bones at 12:15 PM,  the bluegrass with style of Mountain Rain at 1:50 PM,  Taylor Vaden & The Memphis Thunder at 4:00 PM, and the wildly popular Natalie Stovall and The Drive for some outstanding country and pop music at 5:45 PM.

All of the performances are free of charge.  Those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” during the evening performance only will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Prior to the Festival Join us for “Color Downtown”
Color Downtown is a 1.2 mile fun run event for the whole family to enjoy! Participants will be doused with color as they make their way through the event course. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The run will be from 9 AM to 10 AM just prior to the festival.  See the Color Downtown 2015 Flyer for more information.

Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site.

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Free Community Event This Saturday – Healthy Family Day Expo!

healthyfamilydayThe Davie County Chamber and the Davie Family YMCA are pleased to present Healthy Family Day Expo 2015 on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Davie Family YMCA, 215 Cemetery Street in Mocksville.  The Healthy Family Day Expo runs from 9am to 1pm and is free to the public.  This year, we are combining our annual community Health Expo with Healthy Kids Day to create one big event for the whole family!  Several vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services along with a lot of fun kid activities will be set up under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.

Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Center, the Healthy Family Day Expo offers access to important information, direct interaction with a variety of medical service providers as well as fun and healthy activities for kids.  Several free health screenings will be offered including blood pressure, stroke screening, hearing assessments, total cholesterol, BMI and much more.  With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal wellbeing at an all-time high, Health Family Day Expo provides residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.

Healthy Family Day Expo is a collaborative effort of the Davie Family YMCA and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce to connect our health and wellness businesses and children oriented organizations & businesses directly with our community in an environment that promotes complete health in spirit, mind and body.   “Our Healthy Family Day Expo was established as a community service event and provides an opportunity for each organization to serve its members and the Davie community.” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“The Davie Family Y is committed to healthy living for the entire family. We’re excited to partner with the Davie Chamber to provide resources for the community to learn about wellness options,” shared Christina Moser, Senior Program Director of the Davie Family YMCA. “The first step in any wellness journey is knowledge, and the Healthy Family Day Expo is a great place to gather information about making healthy choices for your whole family.”

Plan to head to the Davie Family YMCA on Saturday, April 25th.  Do it for your health and do it for the health of your family!  For more information contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or the Davie Family Y at 751-9622.

For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development.   We believe in working together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout all of Davie County.  As the countywide Chamber, we represent businesses from Cooleemee to Advance, Mocksville to Bermuda Run and all points in between.   Our office is located at 135 S Salisbury Street in Mocksville where you will also find the Davie County Visitor Center and Davie County Economic Development Commission office.  

The Davie Family YMCA, located near downtown Mocksville, has served the community for more than 20 years, and offers a wide range of programs for the whole family including swim lessons, licensed before- and after-school care, and youth sports. The Y includes a comprehensive Wellness Center with on-duty staff, group exercise programs, and SilverSneakers® classes. We are dedicated to social responsibility with efforts such as the Literacy Initiative, a completely free program that helps adults in our community learn to read and provides ESL tutoring. Learn more at www.davieymca.org and on Facebook.com/DavieFamilyYMCA.

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Enter the Discover Davie County Photo Contest!

Discover Davie Photo Contest Artilce ImageWhether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the Discover Davie County photo contest sponsored by Davie Life Magazine and your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This is your chance to have one of your photographs possibly published on the cover of Davie Life Magazine or on the annual Davie Chamber Community Guide!

Everyone Encouraged to Participate
Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter.  The official contest rules are available at the www.daviechamber.com/photocontest.  Entry deadline is Monday, June 1 so there is still plenty of time to get out into the county to compose your winning entry!

It’s Easy to Enter

  • Take a Photo from one of the categories – a local business or attraction or the scenic beauty of Davie during any season.
  • For each Photo entry: Submit a high resolution JPEG image on a CD along with a completed application form. Please label your CD with your name & category (CD’s will not be returned).
  • Photos must be submitted by the original photographer. Your signed entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.
  • All Photos will become property of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and DavieLiFE Magazine and may be used in additional publications without additional consent.

Dust off that photography equipment and get busy… entry deadline of June 1 will be here before you know it.  Good luck!

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Get Your Style on at the Annual “Signature Women’s Luncheon”!

Twin City Style LogoThe Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, April 16th, at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run starting at 11:30am.  Guests will enjoy a delicious meal created by Carolyn Jones of A Full Measure Catering.  The featured presentation is “Get Your Style On” by Erin Jelinek, owner of Twin City Style.

“The luncheon is always a great networking opportunity for women but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity.   Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth.  This year, we are doing things a little different.  We will be learning about personal style and how to dress to reflect that style.  Erin Jelinek will educate us on where we can make smart wardrobe investments that will last as well as know when to splurge and when not to.  This presentation is all about looking your very best and being true to yourself.  Our guests will see firsthand how to take everyday clothing and transition those pieces into evening wear.” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of many events the Davie County Chamber hosts each year.  The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of our sponsoring businesses.  Our sincere appreciation to all of our businesses that take a leadership role in supporting Chamber initiatives and extend our sincere thanks to this year’s Event Sponsors and Chamber Champions:  WinMock at Kinderton, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, BB&T, Funder, CenturyLink, Avgol, Swicegood Group, Inc., Yadtel Group, Bank of the Carolinas, Ingersoll Rand, Winston Salem Journal, Kelly Office Solutions, and Filet of Chicken.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2015 Signature Women’s Luncheon.  Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber Members and $27 for Guests.  For more information or to make a reservation contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or by email: chamber@daviecounty.com.

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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Thursday, April 2 in Mocksville

veterans coffeeThe monthly Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville this Thursday, April 2nd from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  This is a monthly event scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  Veterans have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Don Timmons, Event Coordinator and Vietnam veteran, explained Hospice & Palliative CareCenter’s involvement. “We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie and also to offer access to local resources that our veterans may not be aware of.”

Around the country and here in North Carolina similar events are being held to provide veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

Through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA), Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is better serving our veteran and their families.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheet’s for providing pastries, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for hosting these events as part of its “We Honor Veteran’s”  program along with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

For more information, please call 336 331-1309.

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Free Community Event – Home & Garden Expo!

Davie County Home & Garden ExpoThe sun is out, the days are getting longer and Spring is definitely in the air! Please join us for the Home and Garden Expo presented by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 26 from 4-7 PM at the Wal-Mart Garden Center parking lot in Mocksville.  Come on out and discover some fun ideas to get your home and garden ready for summertime fun!

Your Chance to Win a Stainless Steel Gas Grill!
Over twenty vendors will be showcasing and selling their products and services at the Expo which is free and open to the public. Wal-Mart will be providing complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks to those who are shopping with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network.  Wal-Mart is also hosting a drawing for a free stainless steel gas grill to be awarded during the Home & Garden Expo.

“The Home & Garden Expo is a great way to prepare your home for the spring and summer seasons while supporting our local businesses!   It’s an opportunity for consumers to support several local businesses and to have a positive impact on the economic vitality of our community.  When we choose to purchase goods and services in the community where we live, pay taxes, and send our children to school, we are investing in the well-being of our community and also creating a more prosperous place to live.  When we spend our money online or in other communities, we’re investing in their success, not ours.  Simply put, it matters where we spend our money.” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“ThisHome and Garden Expo family Expo was designed to accomplish two key goals:  first, it allows us to promote many of our wonderful local businesses while showcasing one of our chamber members, Wal-Mart.  Secondly, it’s a great networking opportunity for our Chamber members and guests.  With vendor space filling up and our marketing in full swing, we’re looking forward to hosting a large crowd on March 26th”, said McManamy.

This event is just one of many events and opportunities organized by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce throughout the year.  For more information on the Davie County Chamber or for this event, please email chamber@daviecounty.com or call 336-751-3304.

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Shamrock BBQ – Get Your Irish On and Fly a Kite This Saturday!

Cooleemee Fire Fighters Museum

Cooleemee Fire Fighter Museum – Smallest Museum in North Carolina!

Almost everyone in Cooleemee loves Center BBQ but they have also started their own tradition in Davie’s south end.  On Saturday, March 21, Cooleemee will host a community Bar-B-Que starting at noon on the Zachary House grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee.

Continue the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day ~ wear something green and come to the Zachary House Grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee.   Wind permitting, there will be a kite flying contest at 1 pm (bring your own or buy one there).

Grill Master Walter Ferrell will once again stay up the night before roasting and smoking Boston Butts. Last year, in a short hour and a half, all the meat was gone. More is being ordered for this year.

For $3.00 one can purchase a BBQ sandwich.  For $6 a BBQ plate is available with slaw, hush puppies and a drink.

Support all 3 Heritage Museums in Davie County
Proceeds from all that eating go to keep Cooleemee’s three heritage museums open. In a town of less than a thousand souls, this history-minded town operates the Textile Heritage Center Museum, the Mill House Museum and also has the claim for North Carolina’s smallest museum, the Fire Fighters Museum.

“These museums are memorials to our ancestors, witnesses to their story and testaments to their way of life,” says Tony Steele who is president of the Cooleemee Historical Association. “We have also made them into living legacy classrooms for our local school children,” he added.

Cooleemee’s museums are visited by over four thousand people each year, drawing a wide range of visitors from Maine to Florida to California. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am until 4 pm.  To schedule a group tour please call at least two weeks in advance.

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Bridge to New Jobs! – $450,000 Infrastructure Grant to Support Job Creation in Mocksville

Mocksville-Hollingsworth-Bridge-to-JobsThe 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 the NC 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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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Event Starts this Thursday, March 5 in Mocksville

veterans coffeeA Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville on the first Thursday of each month beginning this Thursday, March 5, from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  Veterans will have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Don Timmons, Event Coordinator and Vietnam veteran, explained Hospice & Palliative CareCenter’s involvement. “We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie and also to offer access to local resources that our veterans may not be aware of.”

Around the country and here in North Carolina similar events are being held to provide veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

The Veterans’ Coffee events began at Outback Steakhouse in Winston-Salem.  Now, the events have grown to include Mocksville, Greensboro and King.

HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARECENTER VETERANS’ COFFEE CALENDAR

  • Mocksville – 1st Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road
  • Greensboro – 2nd Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Outback Steakhouse, Four Seasons Towne Centre
  • Winston Salem –3rd Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Outback Steakhouse, 505 Highland Oaks Drive
  • King – 4th Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Towne & Country Grille, 627 S. Main Street

Through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA), Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is better serving our veteran and their families.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheet’s for providing pastries, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for hosting these events as part of its “We Honor Veteran’s”  program along with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

For more information, please call 336 331-1309.

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