Archives for August 2015

Ground Breaking – $40,000,000 Project to Create 50 New Jobs in Mocksville

Avgol America 2015 Expansion Groundbreaking

l-r: Will Marklin, Mocksville Mayor-Pro Tem; Terry Renegar, Davie County Board of Commissioners Chairman; David Hodgetts, Avgol COO; Terry Bralley, President Davie County EDC, Ronnie Batchler, Avgol VP Operations North America.

Avgol America today broke ground in Mocksville on a $40,000,000 expansion that will make the Mocksville, NC Avgol America plant the single largest producer of non-woven fabrics in North America.  This $40 million investment by Avgol will create 50 new jobs here and add $36 million to the County’s tax base.

Located at 178 Avgol Drive in Mocksville, the company will hold a job fair this fall with plans to begin hiring late this year.

Mocksville and Davie County Competing Globally – And Winning!
As the largest producer of non-woven fabric in the world, Avgol has a global footprint with manufacturing plants in China, Israel and Russia.  The Mocksville expansion was considered for all 4 of Avgol’s locations.

Economic Development is a Team Sport
Winning on the global stage doesn’t happen by accident.  Davie County can be grateful to have in place a team of local business leaders and elected officials that know how to win in the big leagues.  Wins require the coordination and mustering of teams and resources at the municipal, county, and state level.

The Davie County 2-Step
With wins like Ashley Furniture, Volvo, Dunlop, Gildan, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Pro Regrigration under their belts in the last several years, elected officials from across Davie County at both the municipal and county levels have learned how to coordinate efforts to get things done quickly and efficiently.

The first two steps in this win occurred when Davie County Commissioners unanimously approved an incentives package valued at almost $800,000 in early May of this year and less than a week later, the Town of Mocksville Board unanimously approved a local incentives package valued at over $300,000.

Incentives granted by the Town of Mocksville and Davie County are structured and paid only after investment and jobs targets are met. This means that the grants are not earned and awarded to the recipient companies until after the promised investments and jobs have been created.

In addition to elected officials and boards, much of the work gets done behind the scenes by town and county staff.  City and county planning and zoning departments, building inspectors, water and sewer departments, power companies and more have all learned to work together to make things happen.   When it comes to doing business, time is money.  And practice over the years has made Davie County, North Carolina an easy place to do business.

The Raleigh 2-Step
Economic development wins require support from our State Government in Raleigh.  NC State Representative Julia Howard and NC State Senator Andrew Brock both play leadership roles that help Davie County stay in the spotlight in Raleigh and in the hunt for job creation opportunities.

Local support for the expansion and the support of our elected State officials may have helped pave the way for the win at the next stage of the project.  The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) in June of this year announced a $220,000 Community Development Block Grant to pay for a rail spur that would make an expansion possible at the Avgol facility in Mocksville.  The RIA reviews and approves funding requests for grant programs operated by the Rural Economic Development Division at the N.C. Department of Commerce.  These grants support infrastructure development, building renovation and site improvements.

The final piece of the puzzle fell into place on Thursday, August 20 when the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved an existing buildings grant of $500,000 to support the Avgol expansion.

From the grant announcement: “The Town of Mocksville (Davie County): $500,000 to support Avgol American’s expansion of a 282,069 square-foot building located at 178 Avgol Drive in Mocksville. The company is a global supplier of non-woven hygiene solutions. The building was constructed in 2000 and has been occupied by Avgol American, Inc., for 14 years. The grant supports a total investment of $8,000,025 being made at the property. Avgol American plans to create 50 jobs.”

As Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission always likes to say:  Economic Development is a team sport in Davie County!

The Rich Park Greenway Phase One Now Open – Come on out and Take a Stroll!

2015-08-19_144149Town of Mocksville leaders and the Town of Mocksville Public Works Department joined the Davie County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 13 to celebrate the opening of the Rich Park Greenway!  Construction of phase one of the Rich Park Greenway is complete and construction of stage 2 is underway.  The Rich Park Greenway currently connects Rich Park to Halander Drive, winds down to Rich Park Shelter 1 in one direction, to Rose Cemetery in another direction and down to the third entrance across from the baseball field parking lot.

If you do a Google search on Mocksville Greenway you get planning documents dating back more than 10 years and we hope this opening of Rich Park Greenway Phase I is a harbinger of greater things to come.  In the plans are phase II and phase III.

A short visit to the Greenway earlier today (Wednesday, August 19) proved that this greenway is already being well used.  This writer counted a dozen people using the trails in just 15 minutes during a period of clearing on an otherwise rainy morning.

A greenway can be defined as a linear park within towns and cities.  They often connect different parts of a community; parks, trails, roads, sidewalks, schools and neighborhoods.  They provide a recreational amenity for walking, jogging, biking, and strolling in a natural setting remote from traffic and they promote physical activity and wellness.

Rich Park Greenway IntersectionRegulations
Park Hours are dawn to dusk – no trespassing after hours.
No motorized vehicles or ATVs.
Dogs must be on a leash and you must clean up after them.
No littering – please place trash in containers located strategically throughout Rich Park.

Benefits of Greenways (from the Carolina Thread Trail)
Greenways and trails not only encourage friends, families and communities to interact with each other and nature, but they also provide a venue for physical activities such as walking, jogging, running, and biking. The associated physical and psychological health benefits of these activities are significant. Greenways and trails help to:

Facilitate Physical Activity
A landmark report by the U.S. Surgeon General found that “Americans can substantially improve their health and quality of life by including moderate amounts of physical activity in their daily lives.” It also found that “health benefits appear to be proportional to the amount of activity; thus, every increase in activity adds some benefit.”

Rich Park Greenway PathThe American Academy of Pediatrics released a report highlighting the impact of inactivity on the alarming increase of overweight children. The report underscores the importance of creating our communities in a way that children will engage in physical activity as a part of their daily lives. “The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children.”

Improve Psychological Health
A growing body of research suggests that mere contact with the natural world improves psychological health. Green settings have been shown to relieve feelings of anxiety and improve our ability to cope with stressful situations. In some cases, natural spaces provide therapy for conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder and improve cognitive function and work performance. In addition, greenways, trails and parks provide safe places for kids to play, which is vital in brain development in young children.

Rich Park Greenway Entrance SignReduce Negative Health effects Associated with Air Pollution
Greenways and trails serve as highways for alternative means of transportation. Therefore, automobiles are used less frequently, resulting in lower overall carbon dioxide levels. Additionally, increased tree density along these greenways can mitigate air pollution by filtering pollutants out of the air, and therefore decreasing the number of respiratory illnesses experienced by many people.

Special Thanks
A very special “Thank You” to; Mocksville Public Works, Mocksville Parks Department, Willis Engineers Inc., Vulcan Construction Materials, Lakey’s Backhoe Service Inc., NCDOT – Davie, and Rowan Precision Machining, Inc.  and the Town of Mocksville!

Come on out and enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll through YOUR Rich Park Greenway today!

EVENT RESCHEDULED – Free Concert! 2 Great Bands Saturday, September 26th in Mocksville!

100% chance of rain forecast for this Saturday, September 26.  This event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016!

Two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, September 26th June 25, 2016 from 4-9 PM at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville!

Opening Act – Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Stop – 4 PM
Kicking off the evening will Taylor Vaden & the Memphis Stomp from 4 to 6 PM.  Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis and his music career….an incredible Elvis Tribute band.

Headline Act – The Carolina Soul Band – 6:30 PM
The headline performer for the evening will be The Carolina Soul Band! Their performances include sounds of the Drifters, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, and many, many more.  You will enjoy a night of Motown, Beach, and Soul that represents decades of music.

There will be food, drinks, and alcohol available…PLEASE, NO COOLERS. Wrist Bands at minimum charge.

So bring YOUR OWN CHAIR….invite friends and family to Carolina Soul in Mocksville and dance the night away!!!

Rich Park Greenway – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – 2 PM Thursday, August 13th

Rich Park Greenway Ribbon CittingThe Town of Mocksville & The Davie County Chamber of Commerce cordially invite you to the Rich Park Greenway – Phase 1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, August 13th 2015 at 2 PM.

Ceremony will be held at the entrance to the Greenway in Rich Park – across from the baseball field parking lot.

RSVP to the Davie Chamber : chamber@daviecounty.com or 751.3304