Smith Carolina Announces Expansion

Smith-Carolina, maker of high quality precast concrete products, plans to expand in Rockingham County with a second manufacturing location in Reidsville.  The company plans to invest more than $1.5 million in a new 35,000 square-foot building and machinery and equipment.  Smith-Carolina also plans to create 10 new full-time jobs by the end of 2018.  The new facility will be located on Carrot Road in Reidsville.

“Smith-Carolina has been a good corporate citizen for almost 40 years in Rockingham County.  We look forward to their expansion and the economic benefits it will bring in the future.” said Mark Richardson, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

Smith-Carolina located in Reidsville in 1979 when Smith-Midland Corporation expanded its operations to North Carolina. The Reidsville facility produces high-quality precast concrete products for the local farm & highway markets. The company also makes Easi-Set precast concrete buildings, architectural precast panels, steam tunnels and many other precast products.  Smith-Carolina currently has 18 full-time employees at its existing Rockingham County plant.

“We are excited that Smith-Carolina is expanding closer to Reidsville and taking advantage of the soon to be I – 785 corridor.  Loves Travel Center and now Smith-Carolina–a win-win for Reidsville and Rockingham County,” said Jay Donecker, mayor of Reidsville.

Rockingham County will provide a total post-performance incentive to Smith-Carolina of $29,232 to be paid out in annual installments of $7,308 over four years.  The company must first meet the investment and job requirements to receive payments.

For more information on Smith-Carolina, visit: www.smithmidland.com/smith-carolina

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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.