Video: View the Improvements Taking Place at Rockingham County, NC’s Shiloh Airport

Here’s a video update about all the great improvements currently happening at Rockingham County NC’s Shiloh Airport (KSIF).   Projects include $3.6 million to repave the runway and strengthen it to double the weight-bearing capacity.  Shiloh Airport is one of 72 publicly owned airports in North Carolina.  Thanks to Rockingham Update​ for this video.

Site Selection Ranks NC #2 State To Do Business For Third Straight Year

North Carolina has been named the No. 2 state to do business by Site Selection magazine for the third straight year.

North Carolina scored a total of 94 points across all the criteria in Site Selection’s 2017 Top State Business Climate Rankings, close behind top-ranked Georgia with 98 points.

Rounding out the top states were Texas, 93 points; Ohio, 88; Tennessee, 87; Alabama and South Carolina tied at 85; Kentucky, 82; Virginia, 80; and Indiana and Louisiana tied at 78.

Fifty percent of the ranking is based on a survey of site selectors (i.e., corporate facility investors and site consultants) regarding which states they consider the most business friendly.

The other 50 percent is based on seven criteria, including performance in Site Selection’s annual Prosperity Cup. North Carolina is currently No. 1 in this ranking of competitiveness in attracting new plants.

The remaining criteria include: total Conway Projects Database-compliant facility locations and expansion projects announced in 2016 (this considers only private-sector projects that involve one or more of the following — $1 million or more in investment, 20 or more new jobs or 20,000 or more square feet of new construction); total projects in 2016 per capita; total 2017 projects year to date; total 2017 projects year to date per capita; and state tax burdens on new and mature firms.

In fiscal year 2017, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, working with its partners, helped close deals on 137 business recruitment and expansion projects resulting in the announcement of $3.83 billion in investment and 15,748 new jobs in North Carolina.  That compares well to FY 2016 results, particularly on the jobs front, when the EDPNC and its partners supported 122 projects that resulted in the announcement of 14,806 new jobs and $4.2 billion in capital investment.

Join Us for the “State of Rockingham” on Oct. 20

Many things are happening in Rockingham County. Be a part of this discussion.

The State of Rockingham (Click to Register)
Friday, October 20, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism
425 NC 65, Reidsville NC 27320 (on campus of Governmental Center in Wentworth)

The Triad Business Journal will be back in Rockingham County to discuss the many issues facing business owners and residents.  Come listen and participate.   We will have a hearty breakfast and a lively discussion with a panel of community leaders. Moderated by Managing Editor Lloyd Whittington of the Triad Business Journal, we will discuss the opportunities ahead and challenges faced by Rockingham County.


Lloyd Whittington, Managing Editor, Triad Business Journal

2017 Panelists:

Jan Critz, Economic Development Director, Rockingham County

Stokes Ann Hunt, Executive Director of Annie Penn Hospital Foundation and Director of Community Outreach, Cone Health/Annie Penn Hospital

Roy Watson, Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Darin Quesinberry, Plant Manager, Mohawk Industries

Light breakfast,  $30.00 per person

Questions?  Call 336-370-2905

Bridgestone Aircraft Tire USA Grows Into New Warehouse in Madison

Bridgestone Aircraft Tire USA, which operates an aircraft tire retread plant in Mayodan, NC, is expanding into 36,000 square-feet of warehouse space.  The warehouse is located in the Madison Shell Building, which is part of the Madison Business Park developed by Pine Hall Brick in Madison, NC .  Pine Hall Brick has invested over $600,000 up-fitting the building.

“This project is a great collaboration between two of our existing industries.  It’s good news to see Bridgestone’s need for additional warehouse capacity outside its Mayodan plant.  It’s even better news to have the Madison Shell Building now occupied. We appreciate Bridgestone’s and Pine Hall Brick’s commitment to and investment in Rockingham County,” said Jan Critz, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism.

“Business growth demanded more space for inventory needs, and the close proximity of the warehouse to our base operation facilitates a smooth flow of resources into our manufacturing process,” said Joe Rayna, President of Bridgestone Aircraft Tire USA.   “We were fortunate to find a building so close and the recent upgrades quickly brought it into compliance with our requirements.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts, and something we’ve grown accustomed to since our relocation into Rockingham County.”

“From Pine Hall Brick’s perspective, we are extremely pleased to now have this warehouse upgraded and being utilized by a very distinguished tenant like Bridgestone Aircraft Tire. The fact that our two companies were able to forge together a long term agreement made the substantial upgrade investment a viable one. We hope to look upon 2017 as the start of an expanded development of our Madison Business Park with its excellent geographic location, easy access to the Triad and surrounding areas, and very competitive building sites. Pine Hall Brick very much values our relationship with the Rockingham County community and wish to be an active conduit in its growth and future job opportunities,” said Fletcher Steele, president of Pine Hall Brick.

About Bridgestone Aircraft Tire
Bridgestone Aircraft Tire USA moved its retreading operations to Mayodan in 2007 from Miami, Florida. The Mayodan facility is Bridgestone Aircraft Tire’s headquarters for its North and South American operations, and is part of the global Bridgestone Corporation based in Japan.  With a team of more than 100 full-time employees, the company retreads tires for commercial aircraft in the 160,000 square foot facility in Rockingham County.  Bridgestone Aircraft serves the aviation industry with only the highest quality aircraft tires and retreading services. With 70 years of expertise in aircraft tire manufacturing, the Bridgestone brand represents quality in the aviation industry.

About Pine Hall Brick
Pine Hall Brick has been a leading manufacturer of face-brick, pavers and special shaped brick since 1922.  With three manufacturing plants in Madison and more than 150 employees, the company is a major component to the Rockingham County economy.   Pine Hall Brick’s Madison Paver Plant is the only plant in the country dedicated entirely to the production of clay pavers and is a totally automated, high-tech facility.   Pine Hall Brick is the largest supplier of clay pavers in the United States and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC.

TigerTek Industrial Services, LLC Expands in Stoneville

TigerTek Industrial Services, LLC, a national and international leader in industrial motor repair and other services, announces plans to expand  its Rockingham County facility in Stoneville. TigerTek, which is owned by Omnivest, LLC, plans to invest over $530,000 in new machinery and equipment and create four new, full-time jobs by the end of this year.

“TigerTek’s expansion is great news for them and Rockingham County.  The company has been a good citizen in this community for 34 years. My fellow commissioners and I appreciate TigerTek’s commitment to stay and invest here.” said Mark Richardson, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

“We are very proud of our TigerTek team, excited to be a part of the Rockingham County family and remain committed to investment and growth.  We are grateful for the support from the business and economic development leaders of this community,” said Banks Kluttz, Chief Operations Officer of Omnivest, LLC.

Headquartered in Stoneville, TigerTek was established in 1983 and currently has 31 employees.  Often described as a hospital for industrial equipment, Tiger Tek is now a leader in providing industrial repair services to manufacturing plants throughout the world and specializes in repairing electric motors, servo-motors, gearboxes, pumps, hydraulics and electronic controls. The company also has a machine shop for fabricating custom precision parts.  Its customers include manufacturing facilities, municipalities, universities, food plants, and plastic and chemical plants.

“We are thrilled to see a company like TigerTek growing and expanding once again in Rockingham County.  This company has been committed to our community for over 30 years now and we are especially grateful for their continued investment here,”  said Jan Critz, director of Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism.

Rockingham County will provide a total post-performance incentive to TigerTek of $8,981.01 to be paid out in annual installments of $2,245.25 over four years.  The company must first meet the investment and job requirements to receive payments.

Makers of Charlie’s Soap Expand to Stoneville

996005_10152258210194972_874621676_nThe Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism and the Town of Stoneville are pleased to announce the expansion of Sutherland Products Inc., the homegrown manufacturer of Charlie’s Soap brand of cleaning products.  The company is investing over $1,000,000 with the purchase and upfit of  a 120,000 square foot building in Stoneville that will be used for distribution and office space.  Sutherland Products’ manufacturing operations will remain in its original location in Mayodan.

“We are in dire need of more space for our logisitics and distribution, especially because our laundry powder has been hovering in the number one spot on Amazon for five years in a row now.  This new location will allow us to make that process more efficient,” said Taylor Sutherland, president of Sutherland Products, Inc. “The new space will also allow us to design the offices and warehouse to include more natural lighting, which will make the work environment better for our employees.”

Sutherland Products currently has 20 employees.  While there are no new jobs with this expansion at this time, the company says this investment will allow them to expand down the road when jobs are necessary.

“Homegrown, entrepreneurial companies like Sutherland Products are the backbone of our economy.  We are delighted to see the company making this investment in Rockingham County and we look forward to supporting their continued growth,” said Jan Critz, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism.

“The Town of Stoneville is thrilled to welcome Sutherland Products, Inc.  as our newest corporate resident.  The company has an excellent reputation for being innovative and having a strong sense of corporate citizenship. We are pleased that they will continue their success story while maintaining their ties to western Rockingham County,” said Kenneth Gamble, manager of the Town of Stoneville.

About Sutherland Products, Inc., makers of Charlie’s Soap brand products
Originally created to clean textile machines in the mills, Sutherland Products Inc., is a homegrown, family company based in Mayodan that manufactures the Charlie’s Soap brand of cleaning products.  Founded by Charlie Sutherland, Jr., the company has been in business for over 40 years.

When the textile mills moved overseas, the second generation of Sutherlands—Charlie’s sons Taylor, James and Morgan—restructured and grew the business beyond industrial cleaning.  In 2002, Charlie’s sons took over, launched the Laundry Powder, rebranded the company and its products, and modernized operations.  Since then, Sutherland Products has enjoyed an average 25% growth year over year.  The company sells products online as well as through thousands of brick and mortar locations in all 50 states and 50 countries.

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