November 18, 2022
Davie county students in orange safety vests pose outside the Ashley Furniture building on their visit to the facility on Manufacturing day.

Manufacturing Day Teaches 7th Graders About Career Opportunities in Davie County

Davie County’s 7th-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 2022.  Students from Ellis, North Davie, and South Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations, including Dex Heavy Duty Parts, Fuller Welding & Fabricators, Gildan, Pro Refrigeration, Rise Indoor Sports, and a Davie Construction project at the old high school. Other students from all three schools spent their tour time experiencing many different facets of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.  Hosted annually, Manufacturing Day is a national event executed at the local level […]
October 26, 2022

Terry Bralley Named Triad Business Journal 2022 Power Player

Congratulations to Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, who has been named a 2022 Power Player by the Triad Business Journal.  To build the 5th 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. These key leaders are shepherding and executing game-changing initiatives or developments that are moving the Triad economy forward. Many of these initiatives were in the making. The list includes people who stepped up boldly during the Covid-19 pandemic, helping keep critical elements of the economy moving forward […]
September 1, 2022

Kaplan Early Learning Company to Open Warehouse in Mocksville

Kaplan Early Learning Company, an international provider of preschool products that enhance learning for children ages birth to age 8, has chosen Mocksville to expand the warehousing capacity for one of its affiliates, Guidecraft.  Guidecraft, which designs, manufactures, and sells educational toys and creative furniture, will move its products to Mocksville from its previous warehouse space in New Jersey. A dominant player in the niche market of children’s furnishings, Guidecraft saw accelerated growth during the pandemic as parents sought to create spaces for schooling at home.  The 92,000-square-foot facility in the SouthPoint Business Park off of US Highway 601 N. […]
August 20, 2022
Teachers tour Avgol's facilities L to R) Lisa Doss, Melanie White, Amy Hardister, Anthony Davis, Hannah Beck, Joey Anderson, Will Miner, Alyse Wooldridge, Diane Ireland, Chelsea Dvorak

Externships Connecting Teachers with Industry for Workforce Development

The more you know, the more you can teach. Nine Davie County Schools educators recently became students as they toured area companies to gain a deeper understanding of the skills needed by employers that will help their students find meaningful careers and help the local industry to grow. During a three-day externship, the educators toured Ashley Furniture, Avgol, Brakebush, Gildan, Hayward Industries, Pro Refrigeration, Inc., and Sportsfield Specialties to learn about all facets of their business.  The week began with a tour of the soon-to-open Veteran’s View Intake Center where participants discovered the scope of the programs that will be […]
August 5, 2022
(L to R) Andy Sawyer and Dimey Eddinger, owners of DME Racing, with their HAAS 5-axis machine which they use to create custom parts they design in-house.

DME Racing to Expand Capacity by Relocating to Mocksville

More Than 20 Years of Excellence “DME Racing’s mission is simple: provide quality performance products and service to our customers at reasonable prices,” says its owner, Dimey Eddinger. Over the past 20 years, that commitment has propelled DME Racing from a part-time passion into a full-time profession. The company now employs 13 and manufactures and ships premium motorcycle parts worldwide.  DME = Worldwide Performance & Service With growth came the need for more space, however, the company found its 6,000 SF facility in Winston-Salem landlocked by zoning restrictions. Eddinger lives in Davie County, so after a two-year battle, he turned […]
July 18, 2022

CNBC Named North Carolina America’s Top State for Business in 2022

CNBC has named North Carolina America’s Top State for Business in 2022. Consistently in the top 10 since the study began in 2007, and a close 2nd last year, this is the first time North Carolina has taken the #1 spot.  How States Were Ranked CNBC scored all 50 states on 88 metrics in 10 broad categories of competitiveness. Those categories were Workforce; Infrastructure; Cost of Doing Business; Economy; Life, Health, & Inclusion; Technology & Innovation; Business Friendliness; Education; Access to Capital; and Cost of Living.  Each category was weighted based on how frequently states used them as a selling […]
May 4, 2022
(L to R) Joe LaFave, LaFave’s Construction; Weston Liebee, vice-president of Liberty Storage Solutions; Bobby Eaton, owner and president of Liberty Storage Solutions; Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development Commission; Will Marklin, mayor of the Town of Mocksville

Liberty Storage Solutions Breaks Ground on Mocksville Expansion 

Liberty Storage Solutions, which designs and manufactures everything from simple storage buildings to elaborate man-caves and chic she-sheds, celebrated the start of its expansion in Davie County with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 25th.  From its humble beginnings in a 40 X 40 barn in Rowan County, the company has outgrown its 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 163 Industrial Boulevard in Mocksville and has purchased 56 acres nearby to expand. The company expects to create 50 new jobs over the next three years with average annual wages of $47,500 plus benefits compared to the county average of $39,000.  The company plans […]
April 25, 2022

Economic Development Continues: Davie County to Get Four New Spec Buildings

After gaining an impressive six new industrial partners last year, Davie County is focusing on the next wave of development by replenishing its inventory of buildings.    Four additional industrial spec facilities, ranging from 130,000 to 500,000 SF, are in the planning stages or under construction to replace those filled by Hayward Holdings, Sportsfield Specialties, DFA, Scott Bader, and Palltronics. Attracting these companies is the result of having available shell buildings with quick access to I-40.  “April 2022 is a time to celebrate our existing partners and welcome new ones into our industrial spec building arena,” said Bralley, president of the […]
April 22, 2022
Coolage of Sustatinable chiller system from Pro Refrigeration a Davie County business

Denali Brewing and Denali Spirits Make Pro Refrigeration the “Natural” Choice for New Refrigeration System

Soon after Denali Brewing Company was signed as the official canned cocktail at Climate Pledge Arena (home of the NHL Seattle Kraken), CEO Sassan Mossanen made a call to Jim Vandergiessen Jr. at PRO Refrigeration. They needed a new chiller system to support this new business!  PRO had recently commissioned their first CO2-powered chiller in California, proving the huge benefits this natural refrigerant-based system offers in lower operating costs and increased operating efficiency.   “Jim explained how well the system was performing in CA, and how it is optimized with variable capacity control to significantly reduce our power consumption. That gets […]