June 25, 2019
Local plant and human resource managers listen as David Hollars, executive director of Centralina Workforce Development Board discusses the challenges of attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

Fighting the War on Talent – Here’s How to Win

By Jeanna Baxter White “The war for talent is real! You must prepare for it like it is a battle. Job growth in the region is at an all-time high which means employees have a lot of choices,” David Hollars, executive director of Centralina Workforce Development Board, told plant and human resource managers during a luncheon hosted by Davie County Economic Development, DavieCONNECT and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. He shared a number of startling statistics from www.ncworks.gov.: North Carolina’s unemployment rate in December 2018 was 3.8%. The area unemployment rate was even lower at 3.4%. To put those […]
June 20, 2019
Brakebush Brothers Holding Job Fairs in Mocksville

Brakebush Brothers Will Hire up to 300 Workers While Ramping up Production at Expanded Plant in Mocksville

After two years of intensive repairs and renovation, the former House of Raeford Farms chicken processing plant in Mocksville is now hiring with plans to begin operations in October. The central portion of the manufacturing facility off Eaton Road was heavily damaged by a fire in  December 2017. Brakebush Brothers, a 94-year-old family-owned value-added processor of traditional and innovative chicken products, purchased the facility from House of Raeford in July 2018. Brakebush has upgraded the facility with state-of-the-art production equipment and has expanded it from 72,000 SF to 110,000 SF. The updated facility will accommodate three production lines with three […]
June 3, 2019

Tips for Job Seekers – How to Nail That Next Job

As the school year draws to a close, many teens will be pounding the pavement for a summer job, often for the first time. Whether you are seeking that first job or you have been in the market for a while, the following tips from Scott Gantt of First Choice Personnel will help you put your best foot forward: “Present yourself well when you are making your first impression with the company,” says Gantt. “You don’t have to be in a business suit but you should be neat, look as if you are excited about being there and wear your […]
May 30, 2019

Ashley Furniture Job Fair This Saturday, June 1st!

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! If you need a job, Ashley Furniture has one available. The company will be hosting a job fair on Saturday, June 1st from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm at their Advance location at 333 Ashley Furniture Way.   They will be hiring for manufacturing, distribution center, and maintenance technicians. Bring your resume or apply online at http://jobs.ashleyfurniture.com.  A description of these and many other openings can be found on this job website. Ashley Industries is the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, approaching 30 million pieces sold annually with over 7,000 SKUs. The company employees around 1,600 […]
May 26, 2019

Cognitive ToyBox – Achieving Early Literacy in Davie County

Davie County Schools is continuing to make strides in addressing key challenges to kindergarten readiness. Through DavieLEADS, a partnership with the Mebane Foundation, Davie County has had the unique opportunity to pilot solutions that can move the needle in early childhood education. From the outset, Peggy Nuckolls, director of preschool services, and Stephanie Nelson, preschool collaborative teacher, identified the need for better assessment tools. In seeking an assessment tool that was less subjective and more objective, they chose to pilot Cognitive ToyBox, a game-based assessment platform to measure school readiness. Their goal was to increase the reliability of student assessments […]
May 20, 2019
Pro Refrigeration hosted Davie County teachers during 2018 summer externship program

Pro Refrigeration Expanding Production at Mocksville Manufacturing Plant

Pro Chiller Systems has announced that it will shift the production of all standard equipment from its Auburn, Washington headquarters to its east coast manufacturing facility located in Mocksville, NC effective June 30th. Pro Refrigeration designs, manufactures, and distributes state-of-the-art refrigeration systems for the dairy, winery, food processing, medical, and brewing industries. Since opening in North Carolina in 2013, the percentage of equipment produced in North Carolina versus Washington has steadily increased reaching a 75% (NC) to 25% (WA) split in 2018. Pro will continue with limited manufacturing in Auburn with a focus on product development, testing, and certification. “From […]
May 13, 2019

Local Industry and Community College Join Forces at Davie County Job Fair

Davie CONNECT and DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties joined forces on Wednesday, May 8th at the Davie Campus in Mocksville for the first co-sponsored job fair. The event brought together more than 20 employers representing a wide range of professions and industries. Career options at the job fair included positions in the areas of healthcare, advanced manufacturing, business, IT, education and more. According to Carolyn McManamy, director of Davie CONNECT, “Our first co-hosted job fair attracted a large number of job seekers and we are thrilled with the teamwork and the support of DCCC as we […]
May 5, 2019

Meet Your Future – Davie Campus Job Fair Coming May 8th in Mocksville!

Did you know that there are great job opportunities available in your own backyard? Whether you are looking for your first job or ready for a career change, come out and meet your future as DCCC – The College of Davidson and Davie Counties, in partnership with Davie CONNECT, hosts a community-wide job fair on Wednesday, May 8th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The job fair will be held at the Davie Campus 1205 Salisbury Street, in Room 110 of the Administrative Building. This job fair is open to the public as well as students. This event brings together […]
April 24, 2019
Student learns about career options and opportunities at Gildan during 2019 Career Expo at Davie County High School

Davie Industry Connecting with Future Workforce through Davie County Schools CTE Programs

“It’s all about exposure,” says Anthony Davis. “It’s exposing the students to the businesses but also exposing the businesses to the students.” Davis, Director of CTE and Federal Programs for Davie County Schools, was referring to the Davie High CTE (Career and Technical Education) Program’s efforts to connect its students with area businesses. “There are some communities in our state that don’t have any large businesses, others have big businesses but they don’t interact with the schools, and some places have multiple school systems within their county fighting for the same businesses. We are very blessed here to have one […]