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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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Squire Boone Plaza Gets a New Lease on Life

The Squire Boone Plaza in Mocksville is getting a new lease on life with a new owner, a new name, and a fresh coat of paint.

But these changes are just the beginning. David Tsui, the new owner, has already replaced the roof, and plans to continue remodeling the newly-named Eastgate Shopping Center, as well as improve the parking lot and walkways.

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(l-r) Don Moss, David Tsui, and Terry Bralley celebrate new lease on life for former Squire Boone Plaza shopping center.

Creating the perfect atmosphere at the right price
“I want to make the Eastgate Shopping Center a place that tenants are proud of and customers will want to shop, while also keeping the rent at a reasonable price,” said Tsui, who prides himself on being a hands-on property owner. “I want to make sure the tenants are happy and feel taken care of,” he added. “I gave each of the tenants my cell phone number and told them to call me if they need anything.”

License Plate Agency Reopening this Spring
New tenants are coming to the shopping center. The NC License Plate Agency will reopen this spring in the former Central Carolina Bank building;  Mary Esparza, who is famous for her “taco trailer,” is opening the El Taco restaurant where Perk a Latte used to be sometime this spring, as well.

Fastenal, which sells industrial, safety, and construction supplies and offers services including inventory management, manufacturing, and tool repair, celebrated its grand opening on March 18th.

Peebles, Davie Jewelers, Unique Hair Care and Glamourous Nails will remain in the shopping center, and the Internet Cafe has returned.

“We have experienced tremendous success with industrial growth,” said Terry Bralley,  President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The  Davie County economy in general has rebounded, and we hope the rising tide will bring additional retail shops and small businesses.”

Retail Space Still Available
Several spaces of different sizes are still available for lease, and Tsui is willing to work with potential tenants to create the perfect space. He would love to see a grocery store return to the center.

Tsui, a former doctor turned real estate investor, credits his entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic to his father, who emigrated from China in 1983 with nothing, and now owns two Chinese restaurants in Chapel Hill. Tsui and his wife also own a medical supply company in Mebane that specializes in orthopedic bracing.

From Mebane to Mocksville
Tsui discovered Mocksville in a rather round-about away. He worked with Don Moss,  a vice-president with the Charlotte office of Colliers International, several years ago while searching for a location for his medical supply company. When he became interested in purchasing a shopping center, he again called Moss.

Moss, a site-selection specialist who worked with Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies to bring Gildan and Dunlop Tyre to Davie County, had driven by Squire Boone Plaza many times and knew it was available. It was a match made in Heaven.

After one visit to Davie County, Tsui and his wife were hooked. “We found wonderful people  wherever we went,” he said. “This is a great community with a great location. We are excited to be here, and look forward to continuing to invest in this community in the future.”

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Wake Forest Baptist Health—West Campus Opens in August

Dr-McConnellWake Forest Baptist Medical Center will open the first of two buildings on its West Campus in August, bringing the world-class services of one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers to Davie County.

The four-story, 60,000 square foot building—visible from Interstate 40 at exit 180 in the Town of Bermuda Run —will house physician offices, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and a pharmacy.

Orthopaedics will be the primary specialty service offered at the West Campus along with cardiology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The research conducted by Wake Forest Baptist indicates that these services are needed by residents to enable them to have more convenient access to quality healthcare.

One of the four floors will be devoted to orthopaedics. Wake Forest Baptist physicians will provide diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services for patients with knee, shoulder, hip and hand problems, as well as conditions related to sports medicine and podiatry.  Having physical therapy in the building will add convenience for patients.

For the first time, a cardiologist will have an office in Davie County.  In addition to the cardiologist, cardiac rehabilitation will be available in the building.

Also, an ophthalmologist and neurologist will have offices in the building. Our eye physician provides complete eye exams without a referral.

In October, Medical Plaza 2 will open, completing the first phase of the West Campus.  Medical Plaza 2 is a 101,000 square foot building that will offer 24/7 emergency services, outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging.  Medical Plaza 2 will have a full service laboratory, pre-operative assessment clinic, diagnostic cardiology and neurology.

Diagnostic services including imaging, lab, cardiology and neurology, as well as physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation services are available to any patients with a physician’s order.

With the $100 million investment and approximately 175 jobs, Wake Forest Baptist Health will be a catalyst for the economic growth of Davie County.

For more information, visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/west-campus/

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Davie County in the Spotlight – Ashley Furniture Breaks Ground on 1,040,000 SF Addition

Ashley Groundbreaking02On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Ashley Furniture broke ground in Davie County, NC on what will eventually be the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution center in the world.  Part of a 5 year, $500 million investment strategy, the Davie County site sits on 668 acres in Advance, NC that will home to 3.8 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space when completed.

Governor Pat McCrory recounts his first meeting with Ron Wanek, founder of Ashley Furniture and welcomes Ashley Furniture to North Carolina.

Dr. Qubein congratulates Davie County on a big WIN and celebrates American ingenuity and the American free enterprise system.

Davie County Economic Development Commission president Terry Bralley speaks about NC Governor McCrory’s mission to improve the state government’s customer service and about what it takes to bring manufacturing jobs back to North Carolina.  Mr. Bralley also thanks the Wanek family and Ashley Furniture for selecting Davie County as the site for the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution facility in the world.  Finally, Mr. Bralley thanks the RJR Tobacco Company for donating 360 acres in Advance, NC to make the Ashley Furniture expansion into North Carolina possible.

Ashley attorney Bill Coslo talks about his 50 years of experience with the Wanek family and congratulates Ron and Joyce Wanek on 52 years of marriage,  Mr. Coslo recounts his experience with NC Governor Pat McCrory and with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John E. Skvarla.  Mr. Coslo thanks the Golden Leaf Foundation and the North Carolina Rural Center for helping makethis groundbreaking a reality.  Mr. Coslo also thanked RJR for creating a legacy in Davie County with their donation of 360 acres to the Davie County Economic Development Commission for this project.  Mr. Coslo thanked Al Bolton of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, Duke Energy, and NC Representative Julia Howard and NC Senator Andrew Brock and the NC Department of Transportation.

Ron Wanek, founder of Ashley Furniture gives final remarks and the official groundbreaking ceremony is conducted.

Davie County in the Spotlight

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JOBS ~ Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday to Clear the Way for Hundreds of Additional Jobs in Davie County

Davie County Home to Largst Ashley Furniture Plant in USADAVIE COUNTY ASHLEY FURNITURE PLANT WILL BE  THE LARGEST FURNITURE MANUFACTURING/DISTRIBUTION PLANT IN NORTH AMERICA!
It was nearly a year ago that Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture announced that Davie County would be the new home for what would be the company’s largest facility, and eventually, the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution center in the United States with 3.8 million square feet of building space. But the highly anticipated project, slated to bring at least 550 new jobs to the area, had been stuck almost in a state of limbo because of environmental issues created by a 4 acre patch of standing water at the 668 acre site on which the $80-million facility will be built.

Thankfully, those issues were largely resolved on March 28th of this year when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gave Ashley a temporary permit to build on or near four acres it had deemed as “wetlands,” a finding that contradicted the conclusions of third-party experts hired by Ashley to do an environmental evaluation before purchasing the land.

An invitation-only groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday, April 17 in celebration of clearing this significant hurdle, one that could have delayed construction for many more months or even years.  Governor Pat McCrory will be in attendance along with other state and local dignitaries and business leaders.

While Ashley Furniture chairman Ron Wanek is understandably frustrated by the delays, he is still excited about the acquisition of the land for the company’s flagship facility. “This has to be the most perfect site I have ever seen,” Wanek said in a February, 2013 interview with Furniture Today. “With all the sites we have that we have outgrown [in the past], this was a dream.”

The US Army Corps of Engineers permit clears the way for the construction of a a 1,040,000 square foot distribution center on Baltimore Road in Advance, NC which will be part of a complex that will eventually comprise 3.8 million square feet of building space dedicated to the company’s manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution divisions.

Ashley Furniture’s decision to make the Davie County facility the linchpin of its operations was just one of several wins for the county over the last 18 months.  Carolina Precision Plastics announced in March of last year that it would invest $5.3 million in the creation of a manufacturing facility that would lead to 140 new jobs with an average wage of $39,183 (the county average was $28,808 at the time of the announcement). Pro Refrigeration, Inc. said it will be creating an East Coast production facility in Mocksville that will entail a $4.9 million investment and the need for yet another 85 jobs.  Adding to the bright outlook is the slated completion of  the $100,00,000 Wake Forest Baptist-West Campus, bringing high-tech professionals and top-flight health care to Davie County.

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 fastest-growing counties.

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From Davie to Denmark: Manufacturer Makes History with Groundbreaking Export from Cooleemee Mill

Lewtak Pipe Organ includeReplacing a church organ usually isn’t a momentous event unless you’re a scriptwriter trying to cobble together an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. The key word in that statement, however, is “usually.”  Case in point: Tom Lewtak, of Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, a Cooleemee-based company that is currently putting the finishing touches on the first American-made pipe organ ever to grace the sanctuary of a Danish church.

Tom Lewtak’s four year journey to Cooleemee
A native of Poland and a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Lewtak was serving as church organist at St. Joseph’s Church in Camillus, New York when the priest decided to replace the electronic organ with a traditional pipe organ. When Lewtak was shown the replacement he would be playing, he saw that not only was it the wrong size for the church, but also that it had many parts that needed to be replaced.

The story might have ended with a simple case of buyer’s remorse on the priest’s part, but Lewtak had another idea: he’d use the skills he learned while minoring in organ building in Katowice to salvage all the usable parts and build a new organ more suited to the dimensions of St. Joseph’s. Helping him would be his brother Paul, an architect and interior designer who would create the façade, or outer casing, for the organ.

It was the start of a four-year journey that took Lewtak from New York to Denmark to Norway and back to New York — and eventually Cooleemee.

Organ Pipe Voicing
Though Lewtak had studied organ building, it was a far cry from actually crafting the pipes, each of which produces a unique timbre and sound (Mozart called the pipe organ the “king of instruments“). So he took a year’s sabbatical and traveled to Denmark, where he apprenticed at the world-renowned organ builder Carsten Lund Organ Builders in Copenhagen.  He learned the art of “voicing” pipes — hammering and shaping them to create their distinct tones and sounds — from Mogens Pedersen, who for over 20 years was the chief voicer of Frobenius Organ Builders, responsible for the largest church organ in Denmark.

A Very Big Deal
Lewtak returned to Camillus and completed the organ for St. Joseph’s, and by 2006 had given up his organist position to become a full-time organ builder (Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders had been incorporated five years earlier in 2001). It was in Camillus that Tom built an organ for First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, NC that caught the eye of the leaders of Østerhåb Kirke (church) in Horsens, Denmark. They were so impressed that they commissioned the Lewtaks to build an organ for its new church, a minimalist marvel of concrete and stone with fantastic acoustics. Given the fact that Denmark is home to the world’s most famed and respected organ builders, the selection of Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders for the project is, to put it mildly, a very big deal.

And now it’s a very big deal for Davie County. Though Tom had lived in the Empire State since arriving in the U.S. in 1993 with his wife Jola (a fellow organist he met while studying at the Academy of Music), the appeal of North Carolina’s warmer climate and business-friendly environment led them to contemplate moving here — a decision that was cemented when Jola landed a position at a church in Clemmons.

Recital at Cooleemee Mill
The Lewtaks acquired a log cabin home in Mocksville and built a workshop for Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders. But the workspace proved to be insufficient for the Østerhåb Kirke project, and Tom is now completing his work at the Cooleemee Mill, a cotton mill that employed nearly 2,000 workers until its closure in 1969.

recent organ recital gave visitors a chance not only to hear the organ ( the finishing touches have yet to be completed), but also tour the Lewtaks’ work area and the Mill itself, which is being considered for renovation as a multi-purpose facility featuring shops, restaurants, light industrial work spaces, and apartments.

To learn more about the Østerhåb Kirke project and the Lewtaks’ other creations, visit the Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders Web site

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Hospital Construction Fully Underway in Davie County ~ Construction Jobs Today, Health Care Jobs Tomorrow

The future home of Wake Forest Baptist Health – West Campus, the 88-acre site in the town of Bermuda Run on NC Highway 801 at Interstate 40, has been cleared with the exception of the natural wetlands, which are being protected.

There may be 100-150 workers when construction activity is at its peak and Wake Forest Baptist anticipates that 200 permanent health care and related jobs will be created when phase one is open.

Grading of the site for the outpatient services building also has been completed and workers have poured the foundation of the 101,000 square foot building. Concrete walls have ben constructed below grade and steel is being erected. The outpatient services building will house the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery.

“The property looks totally different now,” said Karen Huey, vice president of Facilities at Wake Forest Baptist. More than 185,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved in fewer than three months.

Grading continues at the site for the 60,000 square foot medical office building, loop road, parking lots and the commercial development.

$79 Million Phase One Investment Creating Hundreds of Construction Jobs & Local Subcontractor Opportunities
With Phase one grading complete, construction materials have been delivered to the site and construction is underway. “The site is buzzing with construction activity,” said Karen Huey, vice president of facilities at Wake Forest Baptist. “Soon, there will be more than 100 construction workers on the site.”

Rodgers Builders, Inc. of Charlotte is the general contractor for phase one of the medical center. Rodgers has constructed buildings for more than 40 hospitals in the southeast. Rodgers is providing opportunities for subcontractors in Davie and adjoining counties to participate in the project. The total cost of phase one is estimated at $79 million.

Stimulus for Future Economic Growth
Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development, including banks, restaurants, hotels and shops. “We believe our investment and the planned investment in the commercial development will be a stimulus for future economic growth,” said John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The two buildings in phase one are scheduled to be completed by late next fall. Phase two of the project, which includes the development of hospital beds, is scheduled for completion in 2017.

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Hospital Construction Ahead of Schedule for Wake Forest Baptist Health – West Campus in Davie County

The 88-acre site in the town of Bermuda Run on NC Highway 801 at Interstate 40 has been cleared with the exception of the natural wetlands, which are being protected.

Grading of the site for the outpatient services building also has been completed and workers began pouring the foundation of the 101,000 square foot building, erecting concrete walls below grade. The outpatient services building will house the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery.

“The property looks totally different now,” said Karen Huey, vice president of Facilities at Wake Forest Baptist.  More than 185,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved in fewer than three months.  “Soon, the site will be buzzing with construction activity.”

Grading continues at the site for the 60,000 square foot medical office building, loop road, parking lots and the commercial development.

Stimulus for Economic Growth
Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development, including banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.“We believe our investment and the planned investment in the commercial development will be a stimulus for future economic growth,” said John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Construction materials are being delivered to the site and steel will be erected this fall.  The two buildings in phase one are scheduled to be completed by next fall.

Phase two of the project, which includes the development of hospital beds, is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Hundreds of Construction Jobs & Local Subcontractor Opportunities
There may be 100-150 workers when construction activity is at its peak and Wake Forest Baptist anticipates that 200 permanent jobs will be created when phase one is open.

Rodgers Builders, Inc. of Charlotte is the general contractor for phase one of the medical center. Rodgers has constructed buildings for more than 40 hospitals in the southeast.  Rodgers will provide opportunities for subcontractors in Davie and adjoining counties to participate in the project. The total cost of phase one is estimated at $79 million.

Wake Forest Baptist Health – consistently ranked among the best in  the country
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The institution comprises the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine; the integrated clinical structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health, which includes North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital; the commercialization of research discoveries through the Piedmont Triad Research Park, as well as a network of affiliated community-based hospitals, physician practices, outpatient services and other medical facilities. Wake Forest School of Medicine is ranked among the nation’s best medical schools and is a leading national research center in fields such as regenerative medicine, cancer, neuroscience, aging, addiction and public health sciences. Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical programs are consistently ranked as among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Additional Resources:
Rogers Builders, Inc.
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Town of Bermuda Run
Davie County in the News

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A Winning Formula for Business Success!

90% of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into.  Davie County has high quality class A building inventory in the right location.  This is an advantage that every small community and every economic developer would love to have.

While some communities have taken public funds to compete with other developers, Davie County has taken the opposite approach of supporting private sector efforts and 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 provides Davie County with high-quality class A building inventory at all times.

According to Davie County Economic Development Commission President Terry Bralley, “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.”

Home to logistics, warehousing & light manufacturing operations
Located just off of I-40 near its nexus with I-77, SouthPoint is a natural choice for logistics and includes major regional warehouses for Seneca Medical, Novant Health 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.   Companies like Amarr Garage Doors, Metal Sales Corporation, Gesipa USA and Comfort-Bilt Windows and Doors now call Davie County home.

Move in today or build to suit from 50,000 to 500,000 square feet
The commitment to readiness is evidenced by Hollingsworth’s investment in a 108,480 square foot speculative building in the park.  Standing nearly 40 feet tall with wide column spacing, it is complete with energy efficient lighting, ESFR fire protection, a laser-screeded industrial floor, landscaping and pavement.  A substantial power, water, sewer, fiber, and natural gas infrastructure is available to suit most any industrial user.  Additional acreage is available for build-to-suit projects from 50,000 to 500,000 square feet.

“We continue to be bullish on Davie County and have purchased additional land for future growth,” said Chip Sisk, Hollingsworth’s Industrial Real Estate Director.  “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.”

Additional Resources:
The Hollingsworth Companies
SouthPoint Business Park
South-Sourcing, the Southern Advantage” by Joe Hollingsworth
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Building and Site Search

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Breathing New Life into the Historic 600,000 square-foot Mill in Cooleemee

Hard work, big dreams and innovative thinking have begun to breathe new life into the 600,000 square-foot cotton mill which has been standing idle in Cooleemee since 1969.  The Cooleemee mill was once the most powerful economic engine in Davie County, North Carolina.  After opening in 1901, the mill employed almost 2,000 people at its peak until it was closed in 1969.

New Life for Cooleemee Mill!
On Friday, June 6th, 2012 the town announced grants totaling $270,000 which will be used as seed money for the restoration and redevelopment of the historic mill into a mixed-use facility with shops, restaurants, light industry and living space.

In the four decades since the mill was closed, the little town of Cooleemee has been hard at work to keep the little town alive.  Instead of complaining about the fate of the mill, people in Cooleemee set out to identify community assets and leveraging the strengths of their historic town.  The hard work has resulted in the opening of heritage museums, educational programs at the local schools, historic mill house tours and more.

 

RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls ~ The Bullhole
Perhaps the most important accomplishment was the establishment and development of an 80 acre nature park which surrounds the mill along the South Yadkin River.  Riverpark at Cooleemee Falls, known locally as the Bullhole ever since an ox being used to haul building material to the mill fell into the water in the late 1800’s, will act as a buffer for the mill ensuring  unobstructed views of the river and surrounding areas.  RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls has been featured in Our State magazine as a must-visit destination in North Carolina.

During the announcement on the mill project, North Carolina State Senator Julia Howard told the gathered crowd that she was reserving the first riverfront view condominium built at the mill. While the seed money to establish the project comes from federal, state and local grants, the actual development will be done with 100% private investor funds.

The redevelopment of the historic mill in Cooleemee in many ways mirrors the development of WinMock Barn as a world class event center in Bermuda Run.  After decades of disuse, the historic barn, located in the Davie County town of Bermuda Run, is now one of the most popular venues in the southeast for weddings, community and corporate events.

Economic Development is a Team Sport
As Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission said during the announcement on Friday, “Economic Development is not one person’s job, it is a team sport, requiring the hard work and commitment of everyone in the community.”

Please join us in thanking all those involved for their hard work and dedication to community life in Cooleemee.  We look forward to the day when the historic mill in Cooleemee reasserts itself as a vital economic engine in Davie County, North Carolina.

Additional Resources:
Cooleemee North Carolina
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Fox8News – report on Cooleemee mill announcement
Salisbury Post – report on Cooleemee mill announcement
News14 Carolina – report on mill announcement

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Hospital Construction Begins!

Bulldozers, backhoes and pan graders are clearing the 88-acre Wake Forest Baptist Health—West Campus in Davie County site on Hwy 801 at Interstate 40 near the Yadkin River.

Full resolution copies of the images above may be found at your Davie County Flickr Photostream

Hundreds of Construction Jobs & Local Subcontractor Opportunities
Rodgers Builders, Inc. of Charlotte is the general contractor for phase one of the medical center. Rodgers has constructed buildings for more than 40 hospitals in the southeast.  Rodgers will provide opportunities for subcontractors in Davie and adjoining counties to participate in the project. The total cost of phase one is estimated at $79 million.

When construction activity is at its peak, there could be 100-150 construction workers on site. Wake Forest Baptist anticipates that 200 permanent jobs will be created when phase one is open.

Completion of Phase One Scheduled for 2013
Clearing and grading of the site is expected to take approximately five months. Then, construction will begin on the medical office building and the outpatient center. The four-story, 60,000 square-foot building, housing physician offices is expected to be complete in the summer of 2013. The 101,000 square-foot outpatient center, a complex structure with specialized equipment, is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

Stimulus for Economic Growth
“We believe our investment and the planned investment in the commercial development will be a stimulus for future economic growth,” said John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development, including banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.

“Rodgers is excited to be part of the growth of this site from the onset and to build a cornerstone facility that will provide the highest quality healthcare services for the people of Davie and surrounding counties,” said Ryan Wathen, senior vice president of construction operations for Rodgers.

Additional Resources:
Rogers Builders, Inc.
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Town of Bermuda Run
Davie County on Pinterest

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Unemployment Figures Released

The unemployment rate increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties for January 2012 while Davie County’s unemployment rate decreased from 10.4% to 10.3%.

Over the last twelve months, unemployment rates increased in 58 counties, decreased in 35 counties and remained the same in seven counties.  Davie County’s unemployment rate decreased. The state-wide unadjusted unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in January 2012.

Seasonal factors contributed to an increase in county unemployment rates across North Carolina in January.  “Seasonal losses in retail as well as the leisure and hospitality sector contributed to gains in the unemployment rates,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “While rates were up in January, over-the-year nearly half of the state’s counties unemployment rates decreased or remained the same. Our focus continues to be our customers in assisting them in finding work through programs at our DES offices and JobLink Career Centers statewide.”

For complete details, visit the North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security.   For information on jobs in and around Davie County, North Carolina visit Davie County Jobs.

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$80 Million New Hospital Construction Project Begins ~ Wake Forest Baptist Health – West Campus

The sights and sounds of construction are beginning in Davie County, North Carolina as site preparation begins for phase one of the $80 million Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center complex on Highway 801 at Interstate 40.  Phase one will consist of an outpatient center and medical office building.  Approximately 200 jobs will be created by phase one, excluding construction jobs.

The complex will be named Wake Forest Baptist Health – West Campus.

Larger Than Originally Planned
The medical office building will be larger than originally planned.  It will be a four story, 60,000 square foot building containing physician offices.  The building was originally projected to be 35,000 square feet.

The outpatient center will be 101,000 square feet.  The three-level building will contain an emergency department, outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging.

“The increased size of the medical office building will enable us to meet more of the needs of residents of the Davie County, western Forsyth County and southern Yadkin County region,” said John McConnell, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  “The larger size is also a reflection of the interest by a broad range of physicians in having full time offices in a convenient location for patients.”

Contemporary Design Incorporates Natural Features
In describing the architecture of the buildings McConnell said, “The design is contemporary and progressive, while being open and airy with a friendly feel.  The use of brick, stone and masonry reflects the architectural style on our main campus and other buildings while being compatible with the environment of eastern Davie County,” added McConnell.

“The streams on the site meander between the footprint of the medical office building and outpatient center, making it a natural garden feature for the entire development,” said Charles Auerbach, Vice President of HKS, Inc, the architect for the medical center.  “The buildings are joined by a connector that contains a common entrance lobby,” said Auerbach.

HKS is working with Stimmel Associates of Winston Salem, a landscape architectural and civil engineering firm, and Leach Walllace, a consulting engineering firm in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Summit Healthcare Group of Winston Salem is developing the medical office building which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.

The outpatient center is a more complex structure with specialized equipment. The building is scheduled for completion late next year.

Development Will Bring High Skilled Jobs and Professionals to Davie County
“This is a special day in the history of Davie County,” said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission.  “Our citizens are being rewarded for their unwavering support and patience.  Today’s announcement is a major step toward securing high-quality healthcare for our citizens, without funds from our taxpayers.”

“The plans announced today for a larger medical office building are a statement of the confidence in and commitment to every citizen of this county,” continued Bralley.  “This project will be a catalyst for future residential and commercial development, bringing highly skilled jobs and professionals to our community.”

Thank You Davie County Hospital Employees
Phase two of the plan includes the development of hospital beds, scheduled to be completed in 2017.  Wake forest Baptist will close Davie County Hospital in Mocksville when the hospital beds are open. Employees will be transitioned to the new hospital or elsewhere in the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Care system.   “This project reflects well on the professionalism, commitment to Davie County citizens, and hard work of the employees of Davie County Hospital,” said Bralley.

River Hill Commons
Summit Healthcare Group also is developing the commercial property on the site, called River Hill Commons.  Restaurants, shops, professional offices, banks and hotels have expressed interest in the development, said Joe Joseph, a partner at Summit.  “Interest is across the board in the commercial sector,” he said, “and we expect more interest how that construction has begun.”

About Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  The institution comprises the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine, the integrated clinical structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health, which includes North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital; the commercialization of research discoveries through the Piedmont Triad Research Park, as well as a network of affiliated community-based hospitals, physician practices, out[patient services and other medical facilities.  Wake Forest School of Medicine is ranked among the nation’s best medical schools and is a leading national research center in fields such as regenerative medicine, cancer, neuroscience, aging, addiction and public health services.  Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical programs are consistently ranked as among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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Davie County Economic Development Commission Receives Land Donation from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

The Davie County Economic Development Commission (EDC) today announced that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has donated approximately 360 acres of land in Davie County to the EDC. The land has a property tax value of $3.5 million.

“R.J. Reynolds’ gift of this prime industrial site greatly enhances the Commission’s economic development opportunities and consequent job creation,” said Terry Bralley, president of the EDC. “This gift is especially important, given the present economic climate. This contribution represents what our EDC hopes will be a model for other substantial gifts of industrial sites. The EDC and all citizens of Davie County are sincerely thankful to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco for its thoughtful and generous gift.”

About the Davie County Economic Development Commission
The EDC was formed for the charitable purpose of lessening the burdens of Government. This goal is accomplished through economic development activities which include: engaging in economic development projects aimed at preserving existing jobs and creating new jobs, preserving existing work force skills, creating opportunities for the development of new work force skills, maintaining existing tax base and creating new tax base, and assisting Davie County and its municipalities in obtaining grants which supplement or offset the need for the use of local tax dollars for public projects. Other activities include creatively addressing economic, employment, health and the educational needs of Davie County and its municipalities as they arise.

Andrew Gilchrist ~ RJR President and Chief Commercial Officer
“We are proud to be a part of the continued economic development of the region with this most recent donation,” said Andrew Gilchrist, president and chief commercial officer for R.J. Reynolds. “As our community continues to transform, we have the opportunity to grow and thrive even in these tough economic times, and efforts like those by the Davie County EDC are truly making a difference.”

Additional Coverage
WXII12
Triad Business Journal
Winston Salem Journal

Fox 8 News
MSNBC

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