February 9, 2024

Liberty Sheds Celebrates New Manufacturing Facility in Mocksville

Liberty Sheds, which designs and manufactures everything from simple storage sheds to elaborate buildings its customers turn into man caves, chic she-sheds, and even tiny houses, has completed a new 85,000 SF state-of-the-art shed manufacturing facility, making it one of the largest shed manufacturing facilities in the Southeast.  A Vision Fulfilled: From Humble Beginnings to State-of-the-Art Facility The facility continues a dream held by founder/owner Bobby Eaton since building the first storage shed in his 40 X 40 barn in Rowan County in 2006. From those humble beginnings, the company moved to Iredell County, then expanded to a 38,000-square-foot manufacturing […]
January 4, 2024

Terry Bralley Named Triad Business Journal 2023 Power Player 

Congratulations to Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, who was named a 2023 Power Player by the Triad Business Journal. The program was designed to recognize those who are guiding our region to a stronger future. To build the 7th annual list, TBJ looked back through the headlines of the past 18 months at leaders championing efforts that can dynamically change the region’s trajectory — and that of the cities, counties, and communities within it. These key leaders are shepherding and executing game-changing initiatives or developments that are moving the Triad economy forward. These elite 80 […]
December 12, 2023

The Ignite Davie Program: Paving a Pathway to Success in Dentistry

The IGNITE DAVIE College Promise program is significantly impacting local students’ lives, providing them with the opportunity to pursue higher education and successful careers. Two shining examples of the program’s success are Antonia Montano and Hannah Morgan, who earned their Dental Assistant accreditation through the IGNITE DAVIE program at Davidson-Davie Community College (DDCC). Dr. Andrew Rivers swiftly hired both at Rivers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, where they have been eager to contribute to the local practice.  Discovering IGNITE DAVIE: A Gateway to Possibilities Montano’s introduction to IGNITE DAVIE came from her guidance counselor in 2020, during her senior year at […]
December 4, 2023

Davie County’s Seventh Graders Step into the World of Careers

Davie County’s seventh-grade students recently got a jump start on career exploration with unique behind-the-scenes tours of several local businesses and manufacturers as part of Manufacturing Day 2023.  Students from North Davie and South Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations, including Dex Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Fuller Welding & Fabricators, Gildan, Pro Refrigeration, and  Rise Indoor Sports. Middle-schoolers from Ellis and the Virtual School spent their tour time experiencing many facets of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.  Hosted annually, Manufacturing Day is a national event executed locally and typically focuses on manufacturing careers. The tours were the […]
November 7, 2023

IGNITE DAVIE and Pro Refrigeration – a Success Story at Work

Max Martinez’s journey from a recent graduate to a successful technician at Pro Refrigeration in Mocksville is a testament to the transformative power of the  IGNITE DAVIE College Promise. The program not only benefits students, but provides invaluable employees to our local businesses, fostering a brighter future for this community. The 2022 graduate of Davie County High School (DCHS) initially had plans to attend a four-year college but was persuaded by some of his peers and elders to pursue a trade free of charge through IGNITE DAVIE.  IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last-dollar scholarship, meaning students must live in and […]
September 18, 2023

Exploring Real-World Connections: Teachers Embark on Externships to Bridge Education and Industry

Knowledge is power, especially in education. This summer, eight dedicated educators from Davie County Schools assumed the roles of students themselves, embarking on an enlightening journey through local businesses. Their mission? To deepen their understanding of the skills demanded by employers to better equip their students for meaningful careers, contributing to the growth of the local industry. Over the course of a four-day externship, these educators had the privilege of touring prominent local enterprises such as Ashley Furniture, Avgol, DFA US, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Fuller Welding & Fabricators, Gildan, Pro Refrigeration, Inc., and Sportsfield Specialties. This […]
July 24, 2023

Avgol Breaks Ground on $100 Million Expansion in Mocksville 

Global manufacturer Avgol broke ground this week on 63,000 SF of additional manufacturing and ancillary space as part of a $100 million investment to expand its Davie County facility to include both a sixth multibeam spunlaid production line and a laminate finishing line to meet the growing domestic demand for its ultra-lightweight nonwoven fabrics. Avgol, which has majority ownership held by Thailand’s Indorama Ventures Limited Company,  leads the global hygiene market with the most comprehensive range of ultra-lightweight spun-melt nonwoven fabrics. This new sixth line at the company’s facility in Mocksville will see Avgol investing in new Reicofil 5 (RF5) […]
July 13, 2023

A Commitment to Connectivity – Bermuda Run’s Blue Heron Trail Now Open

After years of careful planning and preparation, Phase 1 of the much anticipated Blue Heron Trail in Bermuda Run is officially open! Local officials, Bermuda Run residents, and community members celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a walk down the one-mile section of trail.  The opening of Phase 1, which follows Hwy. 158 from the roundabout to just past Royal Troon Lane, makes a right as the trail proceeds through the Kinderton Tunnel. The pedestrian path will eventually loop the Bahnson ponds at Kinderton and connect to the future Riverwalk Trail.  “The Blue Heron Trail is a commitment to our […]
May 31, 2023

The Hollingsworth Companies Continues Industrial Expansion in Davie County

The Hollingsworth Companies is taking advantage of the recent dry weather to begin construction on two new speculative industrial buildings in Mocksville. These facilities are being built for long-term lease by light manufacturing or distribution companies in the SouthPoint Industrial Park – North Carolina. Creating Opportunities for Light Manufacturing and Distribution Companies The buildings will be constructed at 130,492 SF and 152,241 SF to expand the park to 12 single-tenant industrial buildings. With 40 years of project experience from Virginia to Mississippi, The Hollingsworth Companies has completed Build to Suit and “Spec” industrial building projects in multiple markets throughout the […]