July 17, 2019

Davie County Hard at Work Connecting Good People with Good Jobs

By Jeanna Baxter White The Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) Workforce Development Board helps employers gain the best homegrown talent the region has to offer by providing them with access to employee training, connecting them with community colleges and other resources within the educational system, and helping to prepare students in K-12 with the skills needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing and evolving work environment. “Our goal is to connect good people with good jobs and good jobs with good people,” said Michelle Slaton, business engagement specialist for the PTRC Workforce Development Board. Slaton joined the PTRC Development Board in […]
July 10, 2019

Colin Creek Golf Course and 64 Bistro Celebrate New Beginnings With Chamber Ribbon Cutting

By Jeanna Baxter White It’s the same beloved golf course, but with a new look, a new restaurant, and new owners. Community officials and residents were invited to explore Colin Creek Golf  Club and dine at 64-Bistro as they celebrated their opening on June 28th with a Davie Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony and Let’s Do Lunch event. Formerly known as Hickory Hill and later Lake Louise, the club is located at 2251 US 64 E., in Mocksville. Sad to see the club’s deterioration following the death of its owner, two area physicians, Dr. David Duncan, a Winston-Salem thoracic surgeon, who has […]
June 27, 2019

Wood House Upholstery LLC Chooses Mocksville for its First US Upholstery Manufacturing Plant

By Jeanna Baxter White Wood House Upholstery LLC has chosen Mocksville, NC for its first US manufacturing facility and will begin operations in the Shelba D. Johnson Trucking building at 970 Milling Rd in August. The company is now seeking upholsterers, sewers, cutters, frame builders, general laborers as well as an experienced cutting and sewing supervisor and plans to hire 20-30 employees immediately and an additional 10-20 employees within the next six months. Applications Accepted Next Week Wayne Stewart, CFO/COO, will accept applications at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce located at 135 South Salisbury Street in Mocksville beginning next […]
June 25, 2019
Local plant and human resource managers listen as David Hollars, executive director of Centralina Workforce Development Board discusses the challenges of attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

Fighting the War on Talent – Here’s How to Win

By Jeanna Baxter White “The war for talent is real! You must prepare for it like it is a battle. Job growth in the region is at an all-time high which means employees have a lot of choices,” David Hollars, executive director of Centralina Workforce Development Board, told plant and human resource managers during a luncheon hosted by Davie County Economic Development, DavieCONNECT and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. He shared a number of startling statistics from www.ncworks.gov.: North Carolina’s unemployment rate in December 2018 was 3.8%. The area unemployment rate was even lower at 3.4%. To put those […]
June 20, 2019
Brakebush Brothers Holding Job Fairs in Mocksville

Brakebush Brothers Will Hire up to 300 Workers While Ramping up Production at Expanded Plant in Mocksville

After two years of intensive repairs and renovation, the former House of Raeford Farms chicken processing plant in Mocksville is now hiring with plans to begin operations in October. The central portion of the manufacturing facility off Eaton Road was heavily damaged by a fire in  December 2017. Brakebush Brothers, a 94-year-old family-owned value-added processor of traditional and innovative chicken products, purchased the facility from House of Raeford in July 2018. Brakebush has upgraded the facility with state-of-the-art production equipment and has expanded it from 72,000 SF to 110,000 SF. The updated facility will accommodate three production lines with three […]
June 3, 2019

Tips for Job Seekers – How to Nail That Next Job

As the school year draws to a close, many teens will be pounding the pavement for a summer job, often for the first time. Whether you are seeking that first job or you have been in the market for a while, the following tips from Scott Gantt of First Choice Personnel will help you put your best foot forward: “Present yourself well when you are making your first impression with the company,” says Gantt. “You don’t have to be in a business suit but you should be neat, look as if you are excited about being there and wear your […]
May 30, 2019

Ashley Furniture Job Fair This Saturday, June 1st!

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! If you need a job, Ashley Furniture has one available. The company will be hosting a job fair on Saturday, June 1st from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm at their Advance location at 333 Ashley Furniture Way.   They will be hiring for manufacturing, distribution center, and maintenance technicians. Bring your resume or apply online at http://jobs.ashleyfurniture.com.  A description of these and many other openings can be found on this job website. Ashley Industries is the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, approaching 30 million pieces sold annually with over 7,000 SKUs. The company employees around 1,600 […]
May 26, 2019

Cognitive ToyBox – Achieving Early Literacy in Davie County

Davie County Schools is continuing to make strides in addressing key challenges to kindergarten readiness. Through DavieLEADS, a partnership with the Mebane Foundation, Davie County has had the unique opportunity to pilot solutions that can move the needle in early childhood education. From the outset, Peggy Nuckolls, director of preschool services, and Stephanie Nelson, preschool collaborative teacher, identified the need for better assessment tools. In seeking an assessment tool that was less subjective and more objective, they chose to pilot Cognitive ToyBox, a game-based assessment platform to measure school readiness. Their goal was to increase the reliability of student assessments […]
May 20, 2019
Pro Refrigeration hosted Davie County teachers during 2018 summer externship program

Pro Refrigeration Expanding Production at Mocksville Manufacturing Plant

Pro Chiller Systems has announced that it will shift the production of all standard equipment from its Auburn, Washington headquarters to its east coast manufacturing facility located in Mocksville, NC effective June 30th. Pro Refrigeration designs, manufactures, and distributes state-of-the-art refrigeration systems for the dairy, winery, food processing, medical, and brewing industries. Since opening in North Carolina in 2013, the percentage of equipment produced in North Carolina versus Washington has steadily increased reaching a 75% (NC) to 25% (WA) split in 2018. Pro will continue with limited manufacturing in Auburn with a focus on product development, testing, and certification. “From […]

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