British manufacturer Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has selected Mocksville, North Carolina as the site for its first retreading facility in the United States.
The company, the world’s only specialist aircraft tire manufacturer and retreader, will use the Mocksville location to boost its competitiveness across the Americas, particularly on popular narrow and wide-bodied jet airliners and military aircraft.
“We plan to create at least 40 jobs within our first two years of operation and there is the prospect of more to follow as we expand our presence in the market,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson.
“We have been encouraged by the positive response to our plans by the local community. The site offers good transport links and we are confident that we can find an excellent work force within the Mocksville and Davie County region.” The company may begin hiring for these positions sometime after the end of this year. For information on these and other jobs in and around Davie County, please keep an eye on Davie County Jobs.
Mocksville – A Business Friendly Community
According to a report in the Triad Business Journal, another selling point for Dunlop was Mocksville’s business friendly atmosphere. Don Moss, a vice president with the Charlotte office of Collier’s International, who helped Dunlop with site selection, said the town is “extremely flexible” in helping companies get through the permitting process. “I will say that they are one of the more flexible communities in the Carolinas and Virginia that I work with,” Moss said of Mocksville. “That’s really kind of a unique story for the town.”
James Stockert, who works with the Davie County Economic Development Commission said: “Like all economic development wins bringing new jobs into Davie County, this win was the result of many people in our community working together to make things happen. “We are grateful that Dunlop Aircraft Tyres sees Davie County as a great location with a prepared workforce and has chosen to bring good jobs to our community.”
The Hollingsworth Companies and Mocksville – A Winning Formula for Success
90% of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into. While some communities have taken public funds to compete with 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. This is an advantage that every community and every economic developer would love to have.
SouthPoint is a natural choice for logistics and includes major regional warehouses. 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.
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.”
“We continue to be bullish on Davie County and have purchased additional land for future growth, said Chip Sisk, senior vice president and industrial real estate director for The Hollingsworth Companies; “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.”