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SouthPoint Developer Believes Investments in Davie County & America Have a Bright Future

Joe Hollingsworth Southpoint MocksvilleJoe Hollingsworth believes that the next dozen years will be a continued expansion like America has never seen before.

As owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies, the largest non-urban industrial real estate developer and construction firm in the southeastern United States, which owns the SouthPoint Industrial Park on US Hwy 601 in Mocksville, he carefully researches economic trends.

“It is my belief that the next 12 years will be the best economic period of our lives,” Hollingsworth said.

“We are coming out of the “Perfect Storm” that had formed against industrial development in the last 10 years. Over-regulation in banking, building codes, and environmental regulations had a virtual stranglehold on industrial developers.”

“While I hear the naysayers and economists pontificate on why this expansion has matured and is getting close to the end, I maintain that never in America’s existence has there been more oppression, rules, regulations, and productivity killers put in the place than the last 12 years.    But that is changing. According to recent figures in the Wall Street Journal, over 600 rules and regulations spread out over all departments of federal government have been revised, lifted, or altered to reflect an easier way to do business, all in the last 7 months,” he said.

“The revised rules coupled with the present administration’s intentions over the next 3 years will transform America into achieving productivity and wage increases at a pace that it has historically enjoyed. These changes will allow business to return to the citizens of our country the opportunity and individual growth they deserve.”

“We are investing in it. Many of our 124 tenants are investing in it, and the outcome will benefit us all.  Internally, we have seen three times as many prospects per month and two times as many real deals as compared to any time during the last 10 years.”

Hollingsworth believes North Carolina and Davie County are primed and ready to take advantage of this improving economic climate.

“At the state level, the North Carolina Legislature understood the challenges, and didn’t just talk about them, they actually made the changes necessary to create the right business environment in North Carolina, and they are not done yet!”

“Through the hard work of the North Carolina Legislature, and the strong leadership of your local representative, Julia Howard, one of the most crippling regulations, the International Energy Conservation Code, was repealed for industrial properties. This represents at least a 16% cost savings for one of our industrial buildings.”

“The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina also has been a great partner helping us across the state with all of our North Carolina properties; and, with the recent grant announcement to extend the road and utilities, this expansion was possible.”

Hollingsworth is willing to “put his money where his mouth is.” On Monday, his company broke ground on Phase III of the SouthPoint Industrial Park. Construction will begin immediately on a 108,960 square foot spec building and three pre-graded building pads. This combined 641,000 square feet of additional industrial space has the potential of providing hundreds of new jobs over the next five years.

“We could NOT have proceeded with this park expansion without this regulatory reform. Having a more business friendly regulatory environment is a positive step in making North Carolina more competitive. But what industry really wants are modern, flexible industrial spec buildings, and they want them NOW at a reasonable cost!”

“If there is no available stock of industrial buildings, the opportunity is missed and the growth just simply does not happen.”

But thanks to the Hollingsworth Companies, Davie County will be prepared. The four new sites should be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2018.

“We deal in seventeen states and 41 municipalities and Davie County has the best consistent leadership we deal with that realizes what it takes to grow a community,” Hollingsworth added. “We will spend more speculative dollars betting on future prospects in Davie County than anywhere else we do business this year.”

“The expansion of SouthPoint Business Park here in Mocksville will ensure that this community will keep winning for the next 20 years.”

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Groundbreaking at Southpoint Industrial Park in Mocksville – A Job Creation Machine!

Local and state officials and members of the business community gathered to celebrate phase III of the SouthPoint Industrial Park in Mocksville as well as the longtime partnership between Davie County and the Hollingsworth Companies which has provided the community with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.

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The Hollingsworth Companies broke ground September 11, 2017 on construction of a 108,960 square foot spec building and three pre-graded building pads in the industrial park on US Hwy 601, paving the way for continued economic growth in Davie County. This combined 641,000 square feet of additional industrial space has the potential of providing hundreds of additional jobs over the next five years.

Joe Hollingsworth Southpoint Mocksville“I would like to thank the community for being willing to invest time, effort, and money into being a true partner in making this park successful in the past and even more in the future,” said Joe Hollingsworth, Owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies. ”This truly is a partnership, and I want to thank the entire county for their willingness to help us develop their area. We pledge that we will be an even better partner for the next 20 years than we have been for the past 20 years and we’ll keep this thing going.”

Representative Julia Howard, North Carolina House of Representatives, thanked Joe Hollingsworth for having the vision it took to come to Davie County. “Here we are, a little rural community in the middle of nowhere with a tract of land, but you had a vision of what that could become…We are very grateful that you believed in us and took that step to partner with us. We are approaching the 20-year mark, and I hope that as we reach the 40-year mark another group of people will be sitting under another tent celebrating another expansion.”

Julia Howard Southpoint Expansion“You stick with us and we will stick with you because we are proud to be your partner,” she added.

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, is equally thankful for the relationship. “The partnership we have with the Hollingsworth Companies has allowed Davie County to leverage private money rather than risking the public’s money. We’ve been able to focus on what we do best — water, sewer, roads, and infrastructure.”

He went on to say that “Economic development really is a team sport, it takes each and everyone of us working together to make these kinds of projects happen.  Our representatives in Raleigh along with the elected officials from across Davie County have learned how to coordinate efforts to get things done quickly and efficiently.”

‘It is a very competitive world we live in today,” Bralley added. “What really makes the difference is figuring out the opportunities that are out there and what it will take to make things happen. This community, time and time again, has led by example in terms of finding ways to get rid of impediments to growth.”

“We have been very successful in attracting industry and investment into this area to the point that today there are no existing buildings left in inventory and we have an unemployment rate that is one of the lowest in the state at about 3.5%. We can’t stop there. We have to look to the future. We all know that industry is looking for existing buildings because they want to be able to move in within 90 days.”

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) has played a vital role in helping Davie County attract that industry and investment in the area by offering grants for job development, building reuse, and infrastructure and marketing the area to prospective companies.

Christopher Chung, EDPNC CEO, said, “It’s always exciting to see communities take a proactive approach in adding more “product” in their market, and it’s what often differentiates the most successful local economic development efforts.”

“Davie County is fortunate to have great partner like Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies… Best of luck as you all begin focusing on the really fun part:  finding tenants for those buildings!”

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Rural Infrastructure Grant Paves Way for Expansion of Southpoint Business Park

Southpoint Mocksville Expansion - Photo by Ed Simmons

Southpoint Mocksville Expansion – Photo by Ed Simmons

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a  $411,425 grant to extend Quality Drive in the SouthPoint Business Park. The improvements will consist of 900 feet of 24-foot-wide roadway, 900 feet of water lines and related equipment, and storm drainage, allowing The Hollingsworth Companies to begin construction on one spec building and three pre-graded building pads.  

Construction of a 108,000 SF spec building, as well as 130,000 SF, 150,000 SF, and 250,000 SF industrial site pads is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018.  This new development has the potential of providing hundreds of jobs over the next five years.  

“The grant and this expansion will enable Davie County to continue to expand our industrial efforts, giving our community a huge advantage in attracting new companies and jobs to our county,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “This embraces the forward thinking leadership this community continues to provide.”

With this expansion, the SouthPoint Business Park, owned and developed by site-selection expert Joe Hollingsworth and The Hollingsworth Companies, will become one of the largest semi-rural industrial parks in the state.

The Hollingsworth Companies attributes the success and growth of the park to its central location, support from state and local economic development agencies, and favorable business taxes in the state. The catalyst that kicked off this aggressive expansion was the State of North Carolina’s regulatory reforms that relieved the crippling cost burdens of the 2012 IECC. The regulatory reforms reduced the costs of industrial buildings by as much as 13% which has opened the door once again for developers like the Hollingsworth Companies to proactively invest in speculative industrial space.

Hollingsworth Companies Making a Difference in Our Community
“When we were initially looking for a private partner to shoulder the risk of speculative industrial development, we couldn’t find anyone locally who would take the risk in a small town like Mocksville,” said Bralley. “But over in Tennessee,  we met the Hollingsworth Companies and not only were they willing, they were enthusiastic; and they still are nearly twenty years later. We have had a lot of big announcements in the last few years, and they are great, but the steady brick by brick approach of Hollingsworth has really made a difference in our community.”

The Hollingsworth Companies founded the SouthPoint Business Park in 1998. Phase I of the Mocksville park involved the development of 45 acres and the construction of 4 buildings with a total of 325,860 SF. Phase II included the development of an additional 57 acres of land, and the construction of 4 more buildings totaling another 421,126SF of industrial space.

Phase III began in 2015 when the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded the Town of Mocksville a $450,000 grant from the Industrial Development Fund to install a new road and bridge on Quality Drive to open up an additional 85 acres of land for future development.

Due to this most recent grant, this 85 acres can now be developed into 4 building sites totaling 641,000SF of industrial space. The buildings will range in size from 108,960SF; 134,960SF; 152,241SF; and 252,834SF. All these facilities are designed with the ability for future expansion. The largest building, 252,000SF, can be expanded to 378,000 SF. Building construction features include LED lighting, 32 foot minimum clear height, 60 feet by 60 feet column spacing, and ESFR fire suppression system for the ideal combination of flexibility and value.

Located on US Hwy 601,  just north of  I-40 and near its nexus with I-77, SouthPoint is a natural choice for logistics and includes major regional warehouses for Concordance Healthcare Solutions, Davie Warehousing, and Larson Manufacturing.  The secret is that it has also become a superb location for light manufacturing.  Workforce development efforts by the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College, a strong work ethic rooted in an agricultural history, and people who would rather work close to home than drive into an urban area have all contributed to the high productivity that is part of the park’s success.   

Thanks to Southpoint Business Park. Comfort Bilt, Gesipa Fasteners, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Davie Warehousing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Entrematic, Concordance Healthcare Solutions, and Morrisofa Global Inc. now call Davie County home, and they have provided the community with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.

20 Year Partnership with Hollingsworth Companies Continues to Pay Dividends
According to 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.”

“Our nearly 20-year public/private partnership has developed into a rare and cherished catalyst to economic development in Mocksville and Davie County,” Bralley added. “We are super excited to see the expansion of the SouthPoint Business Park, it just means there will be more good news to come. Stay tuned…”

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Beroth Tire & Automotive Breaks Ground in Mocksville

Beroth Tire MocksvilleBeroth Tire & Automotive, a division of Mock-Beroth Tire Group, has broken ground in Mocksville for its fourteenth location.

The 5,200 sq. foot store located on Interstate Drive, next to Sherwin-Williams, is expected to open in October or early November. The company will begin by hiring five employees and will expand to around fifteen. Positions will be available for oil change technicians, tire technicians, as well as experienced technicians with more advanced skills.

“It’s always a great day in Davie County when we can welcome a new business,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, during a groundbreaking ceremony. “And a family-owned and operated company, like Beroth Tire, is a great addition to our family-oriented community. I’d like to thank Bill Junker for his forward thinking and vision in preparing a place for such growth to occur.”

Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin, also welcomed the company to town. “I was reading online this morning that 90% of businesses in America are family owned or controlled. Family-owned businesses are the backbone of this country. I’m so happy to welcome another family-owned business to this town.”

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire and Auto

The perfect time for a location in Mocksville
According to T. Beroth, owner, the company first began looking at Davie County about 10 years ago. After opening stores in Clemmons and Mooresville, it seemed to be the perfect time to add an additional location in Mocksville.

“We looked and looked for a great location, and we are really glad to be here,” Beroth said.

In the late 1950s, Floyd Mock and his two brothers, Carey and Cecil, started the business in their parents’ garage recapping tires. They opened their first store in 1972 on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem. The business grew through the relationships they built with their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors in the Winston-Salem area.
In 1978, Tom Beroth joined forces with Mock Tire with the opening of the Stokes Tire location in King, NC and subsequently other locations in Winston-Salem on Robinhood Rd., Shattalon Drive, and Peters Creek Parkway as well as stores in Mt. Airy, Elkin, Kernersville, Madison, Lexington, and Mooresville, NC.

The younger generations also have tires in their blood. Tom’s son T. Beroth and grandsons, TJ Beroth and Earlie Gilley, along with Carey’s son Bill, Floyd’s son-in-law Mike McKnight, and Cecil’s son Craig continue the same tradition of real people, right pricing, real easy!

“A lot of family businesses are getting bought out by large retailers, but when you work with family it makes it so much more rewarding,” Beroth said. “Some employees have been with me for 37 years. It truly is a family business.”
“My 82-year-old father still comes into work everyday. He wanted to build one more store, so that’s what we are doing.”

Dedicated to providing friendly, dependable services at affordable prices, Mock-Beroth Tire Group now owns fourteen retail tire and automotive centers and two wholesale warehouses. The company employs around 160 people in the local area.

Beroth attributes the company’s success to Christian values and a genuine concern for customers and employees coupled with an ingrained sense of honesty and natural friendliness.

“Our mission is to provide dependable, quality products and service for a fair price in a friendly, honest, and accommodating environment,” he said.

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Area Businesses are Looking for You – Job Fair – Thursday, July 20th!

davie_county_jobsLooking for a job? Area businesses are looking for you! Find your new career during the job fair this Thursday, July 20th, from 2-6 p.m. at the Davie County Senior Center.

The event is open for veterans only from 2-3 p.m. and then to the public from 3-6 pm.

Davidson County Community College will also be on hand with information about the job resources they provide.

“There will be a lot of opportunity at the job fair since all of these employers are currently hiring,” said David David Monteleone, local veterans employment representative. “Some of the positions require no previous experience because the employer is willing to train.”

He recommends bringing a resume but said that it is not required.

“Anyone looking for a career is encouraged to come,” he said.

Employers include:

● Aerotek
● Allied Universal Security
● Ashley Furniture
● Bradley Personnel
● Clemmons Village (assisted living)
● Coldwell Banker
● Gildan
● Home Instead Senior Care
● House of Raeford
● Joyce Farm
● Randstad
● Reeb Millwork
● The Resource
● Unify

 

The job fair is hosted by the Davie County Senior Center, Davie County Veterans Services, and NC Works Career Center.  The Davie County Senior Center is located at 278 Meroney St. in Mocksville.

Please contact David Monteleone at 336.776.6770 for more information.

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Now Hiring! Morrisofa Global Inc. Chooses Mocksville for its First US Distribution Center

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville - Photo: Ed Simmons

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville – Photo: Ed Simmons

Morrisofa Global, an importer and distributer of upholstered furniture, has chosen SouthPoint Business Park in Mocksville for its first US distribution center. The company is currently hiring for its warehousing operation which will begin in July.

Now Hiring
The company is accepting applications for both warehouse supervision and material handlers. Interested parties may apply in person at 130 Enterprise Drive or call 336.753.8300.

Morrisofa’s parent company, Morris Holdings, which started in 2002, designs and manufactures one of the top lines of upholstered sofas and sofa products, including stationary and motion sofas as well as sofas with smart home features like audio, massage, beverage cooling, luetooth, and USB ports. In addition, they are one of the leading exporters of sofa products from China to the United States. This new distribution center will ship to retailers all over the US, including two of their largest customers, Sam’s Club and Costco.

Wayne Stewart, vice-president of Morrisofa Global Inc., anticipates the company will generate $10 million in sales through the distribution center during its first year. That number will increase when the company begins manufacturing operations at the facility, as early as the end of this year.

JOBS – SouthPoint Business Park Helps Davie with Another Win!
Morris Holdings chose the SouthPoint Business Park, located on US 601 S., after an intensive two-month search of North Carolina.

Stewart stated that the company leased the 92,000 sq. ft. building from The Hollingsworth Companies because of its logistical advantage of both North-South and East-West transportation corridors, the availability of skilled labor, and the excellent value of the property.

Terry Bralley, president, Davie County Economic Development Commission said, “We are excited to have the new jobs added to our community, and welcome Morrisofa Global to Mocksville and Davie County. We are in the heart of furniture country, and perfectly located on the east coast for transportation and logistics.”

He is also thankful for the role the SouthPoint Business and The Hollingsworth Companies played in yet another economic development win for Davie County.

“Having a building partner like The Hollingsworth Companies makes a big difference in a rural community.  Without a building program this project would not have happened in our community, even though it’s a perfect fit for us!  This is the 8th company attracted with this public/private partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies.”

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Davie’s the Place for a Job!

davie_county_jobsNeed a job?

Come to Davie County.

Ashley Furniture is hiring. Gildan is hiring. Avgol is hiring.

And with the county’s unemployment rate at 4.3%, local companies are reversing past trends and hiring workers from beyond Davie County.

That’s right. Davie County – long a bedroom community for jobs outside of the county – is becoming the place to come to get a job.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, says that despite the lack of available workers, interest remains strong among businesses hoping to expand or locate here.

He’s working on recruiting jobs with higher than average pay for this area, and companies are beginning to realize that to get the best workers, higher wages may be necessary.

“Hopefully, they’ll put benefits together, a better package and reach out to a larger area,” Bralley said. “We’re recruiting people from other locations. Most people who want to work and who can work can find a job,” he said.

Bralley said Davie County is still in a good position to recruit business.

And as Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center opens the in-bed facility later this year, he expects that area on NC 801 just off I-40 to be a hotbed of retail and commercial growth.

Economic development is working on a strategic plan to recruit higher-paying jobs, he said.

“It’s a different world and it’s changing rapidly,” he said. “We’re in a good position – a good location next door to an urban area.”

Davie is a prime location for transportation-related companies, with easy access to major highways, airports and ports. Manufacturing and distribution companies continue to show the most interest in Davie.

What do companies want when looking for a new location? A building, ready to move in, that meets all of their needs. When do they want it? Now.

“Nothing ever appears to happen quickly, but having a building is key,” Bralley said. “We’re doing better than most.”

Thanks to Hollingsworth Companies, which operates SouthPoint Business Park off US 601 North in Mocksville, Davie County is in a better position than most. Hollingsworth maintains ready to move into buildings, and a recent effort between economic development, Mocksville, Davie County and the state, 85 more acres will become available in that business park.

Companies looking for a new location look all over, Bralley said. Davie, when in contention, usually competes with other North Carolina counties as well as areas in several other states.

Last year didn’t see a lot of new starts, but Davie companies are doing well and expanding, Bralley said.

REEB Millwork on Bethel Church Road in Mocksville added 10 jobs, and renovated the building. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors, interior doors, columns and accessory stairs across the eastern United States. It employs 110 people here.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace continues to grow at its space on US 64 West at Valley Road in Mocksville. Sabeti Wain makes airline seat covers for Southwest Airlines and others at the local site.

Triple J Manor House opened last year in Mocksville, giving local folks a place to have large gatherings, including weddings and receptions. Originally built in the early 1800s for Benjamin F. Holton, the farmhouse was transformed by the Junker family into a 6,000-square-foot venue.

Comfort Bilt Windows and Doors also had a good year, hiring more workers at its plant in SouthPoint. “I don’t know that the community knows that we are here, what we do, or how much opportunity we have to offer,” said Michael Barron, plant manager. “We are proud of the fact that we’ve never had a layoff, even during the recession.” It was the first business in SouthPoint, opening in 1999.

Gesipa Fasteners, also in SouthPoint, created 16 new jobs last year. The company traditionally makes rivets and riveting systems, but has expanded to offer custom products for its customers. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site,” said Mark Grigg, plant manager. “We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”

Shelba D. Johnson Trucking opened a location in an old industrial site off Milling Road last year. The company is a major player in the furniture transportation industry. The company hired eight warehouse workers for the 168,820-square-foot building, and hopes to double the number of employees in coming months.

Economic development, the county, chamber of commerce and towns here collaborated for a retail study by Retail Coach last year – a study that will help recruit retail businesses that could be successful, Bralley said.

“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” Bralley said.

By Mike Barnhardt, Davie County Enterprise Record. Reprinted with Permission

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Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run – Inpatient Bed Tower Opens Monday, April 3

Davie Medical Center Inpatient Wing OpenWith the completion of the inpatient wing, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center today kept a promise it made to the residents of Davie County a long time ago.

“When we first proposed this new hospital, it was always our intent to have an inpatient wing so that people in Davie County could receive care and treatment close to home,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Today marks the fulfillment of that commitment we made to the citizens of Davie County nine years ago.”

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, thanked the citizens of Davie County for their support as well as  patience and trust in the leadership throughout the process.

A lot went into the development of this facility from the citizenship on up,” Bralley said. “This is one of the things we’ve done in Davie County that has really united us in terms of pulling together for the common good.”

Davie Medical Center StaircaseDavie Medical Center – a Hospital for Today and the Future
The three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition officially opens Monday, April 3, and will consolidate all Davie Medical Center services into one location. The hospital in Mocksville was decommissioned last week.

In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the new $47 million wing offers an inpatient pharmacy, a chapel, a cafe, rehabilitation facilities, offices for Wake Forest Baptist physicians, therapists and staff. It also has a history wall that honors the past with key keepsakes, photographs and video memories of the first Davie County Hospital over its more than 60 years of providing care to county residents.

“Davie Medical Center is a hospital for today and the future,” said Chad Brown, M.H.A./M.B.A., president, Davie Medical Center. “We have been seeing patients for more than three years in our emergency department, clinics and outpatient departments. Now that we have inpatient services here, we can deliver a full range of high quality, patient- and family-centered care that serves all ages in our community in one location.”

The inpatient services, uniquely fitted to serve the growing community, are located across three floors of the new facility.

Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run - Inpatient Bed Tower Opening

Joint replacement program. The top floor is dedicated to the joint replacement program, which offers inpatient hip- and knee-replacement surgeries. Some of the room designs include lifts to help safely move patients to and from the bed. The floor also features an inpatient rehabilitation gym to aid in recovery.

ACE unit. The first floor of the inpatient addition houses an acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit creates a care destination for geriatric patients and leverages Wake Forest Baptist’s 25 years of experience in geriatric practice and faculty research. The Davie Medical Center ACE unit will expand the capacity of Wake Forest Medical Center’s internationally known J. Paul Sticht Center.

The first floor also will have designated medical-surgical beds that allow medical and surgical admissions from the hospital’s emergency department as well as offer an option for those living nearby to receive care close to home when appropriate.

All patient rooms are private and large enough for family members to stay with their loved one. Each room is equipped with convertible furniture that can be used as a bed, couch, or a work station with plugs for electronics.  The  GetWellNetwork, an interactive video system which offers video education, ways to communicate with and recognized hospital staff, television, internet access, on-demand movies, and games, will be available in patient rooms. This new technology supports the Medical Center’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care by encouraging collaboration between patients, families and health care teams.

Community Day Open House, Saturday, April 1
The public is invited to tour the new wing during the Davie Medical Center’s Open House and Community Day this Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be fun activities for the entire family:

  • Activities for kids
  • Delicious food courtesy of Lowes Foods
  • Health screenings (heart, foot, memory and more)
  • Music and entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Cooking demonstrations with samples

WFBH – Davie Medical Center is located at 329 NC Hwy 801, Bermuda Run, 27006. For more information about Community Day, call 336.998.1300 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Davie-Medical-Center/About/News-and-Events/Events/Open-House-and-Community-Day.htm

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North Carolina Apprenticeships – A Career Strategy That Works!

Apprenticeship Summit INTFrom an early age, students are programmed to believe that they must earn a bachelor’s degree to obtain a high-paying job, but only 33 percent of jobs in North Carolina actually require a four-year college degree.

That’s a statistic James Horne wishes he had known before enrolling at East Carolina University following high school graduation. After failing out twice because “his heart wasn’t in it,” Horne knew he had to find a different way. He found it through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.

“I wish I had heard about this in pre-k,” said Horne with a laugh. He is enrolled in Davidson County Community College’s applied engineering and maintenance program and has worked as a maintenance technician apprentice at Kurz Transfer Products for the past seven months. “When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wish I had known a program like this existed. I learn better in a hands-on environment, so this has been such a phenomenal opportunity for me.”

“This has probably been the best seven months of my entire life. I am extremely happy with where I am at,” he added.

Horne was one of the panelists to share his perspective on the value of apprenticeships during an Apprenticeship Summit at DCCC on March 10th. More than 100 business representatives, educators, and students gathered to hear more about the merits of the NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.

Through the apprenticeship program, apprentices train for an industry by receiving a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Participants are paid for their work, and their wages will increase as they progress in the program. Apprentices work as they complete their classes and their work schedule is determined by their respective employers. When they graduate, apprentices receive a Certificate of Completion and will have earned the highly skilled “journeyworker” designation. The program can last one to five years, depending on the occupation.  In addition to manufacturing, there are apprenticeship opportunities in business, accounting, hospitality and health-related fields.

According to Dr. Pam Howse, Executive Director of Work-based Learning for the NC Department of Commerce, there are currently 5,335 apprentices in the program, double the number enrolled two years ago, but she would like to see that number continue to grow. Her challenge is educating both young people and businesses about the rewards they could receive by participating in the apprenticeship program.

Students are completing apprenticeships with a career, a good income, and no college debt.
Dr. howse shared stories of a 22-year-old who owned his car and had just bought his first house and of a young woman who completed her program with a starting salary of $37,500.

“We know statistically that 45% of all jobs over the next decade will be in the middle skills occupations which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree,” said Howse. “More than 50% of companies report plans to increase US-based production by at least 5% in the next five years.”

“Nationwide we have a skills gap, particularly in the areas of business, manufacturing, computers and information sciences, engineering, technology, repair and transportation,” Howse said. “We know that in North carolina today there are 12,000 unfilled IT jobs. These are jobs that pay very well, $50,000 a year or greater. If you are in a cyber security field, that’s well over a 6 figure job. We know that a lot of young people don’t know what those jobs look like.”

“We are shoving everybody down this one path to go to Chapel Hill or NC State and we know statistically that not all are going to do well. There is a very high failure rate for many college freshmen who enter into the university system because they are not prepared for college,” she added. “If North Carolina industry is to be globally competitive, students must graduate from high school career or college ready. We need to shift our thinking about how we prepare our students for work.”

That shift will require a shift in the way both students and parents think as well. For many, the idea of an apprenticeship conjures up thoughts of a dark, dirty, dangerous place with low-paying jobs. According to Lisa Hawk, Business Services Coordinator of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, that is simply not the truth.

Hawk has taken students and parents on tours of manufacturing sites to show them how clean and well-maintained they are, while 2013 statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate average starting wages for Registered Apprentices at $16.50 per hour with graduates earning an average of $59,900 per year.

North Carolina apprenticeships are a career strategy that works! To find out more about apprenticeships in North Carolina, go to https://www.nccommerce.com/wf/job-seekers/apprenticeships.

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You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting This Thursday to Celebrate Total Renovation of Mocksville Comfort Inn and Suites

Mocksville Comfort Inn StoryTo celebrate its total renovation, the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mocksville is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend. The hotel is owned and operated by Davie Hospitality and is located at 629 Madison Road.

“We’ve replaced everything, right down to the bathtubs,” said Vijay Barad, Managing Partner, with a smile. “We can’t wait to show this beautiful property to the community and to invite them to use it for all of their lodging needs. We are well-equipped to serve business travelers, families, and groups in town for a special event.”

With 61 guestrooms, including 26 suites, the Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites can accommodate individuals or groups of all sizes. The hotel features the Comfort brand’s new look and feel which includes a contemporary yet classic design, rich color hues and convenient amenities throughout the property. Guestrooms now feature new bedding packages which complement Comfort’s Truly Yours Pick Your Pillow program, which offers guests the option of firm and soft pillows on the bed.

The hotel features free high speed Internet, in-room coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a meeting room, outdoor seasonal pool, and exercise room. The Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites also offers the brand’s signature complimentary hot breakfast, with healthy and satisfying options including a delicious flavored waffle station, hot eggs and meats, yogurt and a variety of fresh fruits.

This hotel participates in Choice Privileges®, the loyalty rewards program from Choice Hotels. Membership is free and offers points good towards free nights, airline miles, gift certificates and more while staying at any Choice Hotels properties.

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Opening Doors in Davie County — Reeb Millwork Expanding, Adding Jobs

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $100,000 building reuse grant that will facilitate a 10-job expansion as well as renovations at REEB Millwork. The grant is part of a total capital investment of $320,451. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors,interior doors, columns and accessories stairs across the eastern United States.

Reeb - opening doors“Opening doors in Davie County is what we continue to do as Reeb brings new jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Davie County Economic Development President Terry Bralley. “With Reeb, Davie County now hosts one of the largest distributors of custom mill products on the east coast.”

Reeb Mocksville, North Carolina, located at 346 Bethel Church Road, is one of five east coast branches for the family-owned door distribution company. Building One, as it’s referred to, is 242,000 sq. ft. and sits on 29 acres.The building and property, formerly King Sash & Door, was purchased by Reeb in 2010 in order to expand operations and offer full-line service to the Carolinas,  southern Virginia and northeast Georgia.

The Mocksville branch opened with a staff of 45 people and six shipping docks. Now the company employs a staff of 110 and operates 19 shipping docks, according to Office Manager Scott Rush. “We’ve been growing and hiring and things are going well.”

Securing this grant will bring approximately ten new jobs to the Mocksville location. Reeb is looking to fill positions for assemblers, warehouse, drivers, and customer service. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a 401K retirement program. At each of its five locations, the company makes an effort to get involved in the local community in the form of hands-on training and education, and community outreach.

“ We were happy to assist their current growth needs to make this possible,” Bralley said. “The talented craftsmanship of our workforce coordinates with the vision and talent of Reeb’s  management as they open new markets and experience tremendous growth at this location,” Bralley said.

As the company continues to grow, so will the number of jobs. Reeb has grown consistently over the last three decades and is now the largest distributor of exterior doors on the east coast working with over 3,500 dealers and their customers.

To aid in the recent growth, Reeb Mocksville will be undergoing renovations that include installing more energy efficient lighting in the warehouse, adding additional shipping docks, upgrading bathrooms and the breakroom, expanding office space, and adding a showroom.

In Davie County, the company assembles interior and exterior doors made of wood, fiberglass and steel. The company creates an array of both custom specialty doors and standard doors that are sold by home improvement stores and contractor yards throughout the area. Each is built on a per-order basis with a three-day turnaround time for stock products, according to Rush.

mike-crume-2Davie County resident and Reeb’s Director of Product, Mike Crume, who began working for the company in 2013, has had a positive experience stating, “Great people throughout the organization help drive everyone to improve themselves, as well as the products and services provided to our customers.”

“Reeb is truly unique in offering a tremendous amount of growth opportunities,” says Crume. As for the working environment one can expect, he added, “It’s built upon a foundation of core values that resonates through the company. It’s really a great place to work.” To view current open positions, visit Reeb’s career page at www.reeb.com/careers.

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Sabeti Wain Aerospace – Another Manufacturer Expanding in Davie County

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The next time you buckle up on an airplane, you may be sitting on a little piece of home.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace (SWA) makes seat covers right here in Davie County for Southwest Airlines and many other international airlines as well as numerous airline seat vendors.

The company is recognized as an innovator in seat cover design and manufacturing, and pioneered the development of lamination technology. The lamination process enhances styling options, improves overall appearance, and increases durability and comfort.

“The interior design of the aircraft is one of the only opportunities an airline has to distinguish itself,” said Ian Westwood, managing director. “Creating comfort and image are key elements of what we do.”

SWA currently employs more than 40 people in Mocksville to design, cut, sew, test, and ship the custom-designed seat covers, and there are plans for expansion over the next two years as the company continues to grow its US market. This expansion will occur through the reconfiguration of the current facility.

A New Phase of Expansion
The company is headquartered in the UK and also has a production facility in Dubai. With a growing international market came the need to service overseas clients more directly and more responsively. To meet this demand, SWA established its new US-based subsidiary in Mocksville in 2013. Unlike the Dubai operation which is run from the UK, it is a standalone operation. All sales activity, customer service, product design and manufacturing are done locally.

The Mocksville facility provides a rapid response and faster overall turn round times for customers in the United States, Canada and South America, which together form about 75% of the global seat cover market.   It has also allowed the company to dramatically reduce shipping costs, a significant benefit in an industry with tight profit margins.

Why North Carolina?
“You go where your primary customers are,” said Westwood, who relocated from a ten-year spell in Seattle to manage the company in 2014, but who has known and worked with the Sabeti Wain “family” for more than 20 years through working in the industry. “B/E Aerospace and HAECO Americas, which make airline seats, are two of our largest customers. Both have locations in the Piedmont Triad area and wanted a local Sabeti Wain facility to cut down on the time it took to develop the fresh brand images and cover designs demanded by the world’s airlines.”

A Missing Gas Cap Led to the Perfect Location in Mocksville
Hoping to capitalize on the thriving aerospace industry that has developed  in the Piedmont in recent years, SWA’s executives were looking at locations between Charlotte and Hickory and the Piedmont Triad, including Davie County, for the new subsidiary.

While doing the 1-40 shuffle, crossing North Carolina to find the perfect location, a Sabeti Wain representative found his way to downtown Mocksville and to Restaurant 101 for lunch. Returning to his rental car, he noticed drops of oil on the hood. Mr. York at York’s Exxon quickly discovered that the oil filler cap was missing, replaced it free of charge, and the representative went on his way.

Still seeking the perfect location, the representative stopped at Restaurant 101 again several weeks later. Noting a sign for the Total Real Estate Company, he decided to learn about the little community that had treated him so well a few weeks earlier. Glen Stanley walked him over to talk with Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. Bralley identified a property at 852 US Hwy 64 W., the former Eagle Heights Church building, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“You have no idea who you are talking to at a restaurant,” said Bralley. “The best ambassadors we have are our citizens. Most people are proud to live here and naturally promote our community.”

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Riveting Success at GESIPA® Fasteners USA -­ Expansion in Davie County Adds 16 Jobs

Gesipa Fasteners USA MocksvilleGESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc., a German-based company which manufactures rivets and state-of-the-art riveting systems, is growing and expanding its Davie County operations, creating sixteen new manufacturing jobs in Mocksville.

How to Apply
In addition to expanding its facilities and adding jobs, GESIPA® Fasteners USA is also  transitioning to two shifts. According to Karen Creason, HR/Office Manager, the company has  hired a number of positions already this year and is actively seeking a plant electrician as well as  skilled machine operators. The company anticipates adding sixteen additional highly skilled, well-paying positions by the end of 2016. For information on how to apply call Karen Creason at 336-751‐1555, ext. 101 or email kcreason@gesipausa.com.

Innovation Driving Company Expansion
The Company is advancing from providing standard products to also engineering  custom  applications to meet an individual customer’s unique needs, according to Brian Cole, General  Manager.

Mark Grigg, Plant Manager, is excited about the company’s opportunity to fill a niche in the automotive market. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site. We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”

“GESIPA® believes that things need to be world class or don’t need to exist,” Cole said. “We will do whatever we can to be bigger, better, and faster in order to add value for our customers.”

In order to implement this innovative manufacturing approach, GESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc. is  expanding, retooling, and renovating its 83,000 square foot facility in the South Point business  park on US Hwy 601 in Mocksville. The plant currently manufactures and distributes non-structural rivets and installation tools, and repairs installation tools.

Rural Infrastructure Grant Assists with Building Up-fit Expense
A $160,000 grant from the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) to the Town of Mocksville will help fund electrical, plumbing, compressed air, and other interior upgrades at the plant which also serves as the company’s North American corporate headquarters.  RIA provides grants to support infrastructure development, building renovation, site improvements, and economic innovation.

“We are blessed to have an international company like GESIPA® bringing jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Terry Bralley, President of Davie County Economic Development Commission. “I continue to be inspired by the vision, leadership, and talent that GESIPA® has invested in their top management. This truly will be a company to watch as they set pace to become a leader in the global market.”

 

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Davie County Expanding Retail Options

davie_county_jobsDavie County – A Picturesque Community with Small Town Charm and Big City Potential.
“Davie County continues a remarkable economic recovery, and we have had tremendous success attracting international manufacturing giants including Ashley Furniture, CPP Global, Dex/Volvo, Dunlop Tyre, and Gildan Activewear,“ said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County Economic Development Commission believes it is now time to direct some of our attention to growing our retail base.”

 

“We realized as a small community, but with a terrific location connected to a major interstate, we needed the help of an outside professional to assist us with attracting those larger retailers that will help minimize sales leakage, fill vacant storefronts and lots, and expand our retail options,” he added. “We hired the Retail Coach to help us develop and implement a retail sales plan for the entire county. The EDC has invited the towns of Bermuda Run, Cooleemee, and Mocksville, and the Chamber of Commerce to actively engage in the process. We believe this retail plan is another way to add value to the county and will help us grow our future.”

“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants, and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics, or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” said Bralley.

Davie County’s close proximity to the Charlotte and Winston-Salem markets, easy access to Interstate 40, and regional draw due to Wake Forest Baptist Health- Davie Medical Center, make it a prime spot for expanding retail and restaurant options.

Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, is excited about what this project means for the community. “In 2013, the Davie Chamber launched the iSHOPDAVIE shop local program to draw attention to the importance of supporting local businesses and the impact shopping local has on the Davie economy and our quality of life,” she said.  “Working with the Retail Coach will provide us with the right tools to attract new retail and restaurants that compliment what is already here.  It will also offer useful information and assistance to our existing businesses to help them grow their customer base and increase their profitability.  We know that having more shopping and dining options here in Davie County means more jobs and increased sales tax revenues both of which are vital to a thriving local economy, and that is our ultimate goal!” said McManamy.

The Retail Coach, a retail recruitment and consulting firm, is a pioneer of the retail recruitment industry. With clients in 29 states and 86% repeat clients, The Retail Coach uses their expertise to help communities reach their goals.

During a meeting with The Retail Coach leadership, officials from Bermuda Run said their goals for the partnership include expanding retail near Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie Medical Center to give citizens and hospital-goers more retail choices. Mocksville officials said they would like to expand their retail base as a whole, while also putting a focus on their vibrant downtown. Cooleemee officials would like more retailers for everyday conveniences.

To achieve these goals, The Retail Coach will begin by determining a Retail Trade Area, or the area from which the county receives most of its consumers. This includes interviewing retailers and community stakeholders and plotting point-of-sale data. Next, the team will conduct a demographic analysis for both the county and the Retail Trade Area. This is followed by a Gap Analysis, used to identify sales leakage to other communities. Using this and similar data, the team will make a target list of retailers and restaurants that would be a good fit in Davie County.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Davie County in this process. Our team has already been on the ground and sees unique opportunities for Bermuda Run, Mocksville, and Cooleemee. Our Retail Trade Area determination and Retail Gap Analysis process will help these opportunities stand out to potential retailers, restaurants, and developers,” said The Retail Coach Vice President Aaron Farmer, who will be Davie County’s point-of-contact with the company, along with Director—Retail Strategy Scott Emison.

Both appreciative and excited about the opportunities that a focus on retail will bring to the community.  Will Marklin, Mayor of Mocksville, said “Any time  we can discover  new ways to support and  grow our local economy it is exciting!   We are most appreciative of EDC to have the opportunity to work with The Retail Coach.  Their ability to create resources of potential  new retail and provide data to support and promote our existing retail  will be time well spent in Mocksville.”

John Chandler, Cooleemee Town Clerk, is eager to see new businesses locate in Cooleemee. “It is good for an outside group to see us as we are and to assess our needs in regards to economic growth,” he said. “We sit around here brainstorming about what we need in our community as far as retail, but that is usually the end of it. We look forward to the Retail Coach  contacting potential businesses that would consider our area.”

For more information on Davie County, North Carolina, visit www.daviecountyedc.com.  For more information on The Retail Coach, visit www.theretailcoach.net.

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HELP WANTED: Davie County Job Fair Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center

davie_county_jobsJobs, Jobs, Jobs
Businesses looking for skilled employees to fill available positions and area job seekers have the opportunity to come together at a job fair to be held on Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center at 278 Meroney Street, Mocksville.

The Job Fair will be open to Veterans only from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. All job seekers are invited to attend from 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm.

Companies participating include:

  • Ashley Furniture Industries
  • Austin Electrical Enclosures
  • Autumn Care
  • Carillon Assisted Living
  • Davidson County Community College
  • Golding Farms Foods
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Lydall
  • Mega Force
  • NC Army National Guard
  • REEB Millwork Corporation
  • The Resources
  • Unifi Manufacturing Inc.
  • Workforce Unlimited

For more information, please contact David Monteleone, 336-776-6770, or david.monteleone@nccommerce.com.

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