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.

Local Developer Invests in Madison Industrial Center

The Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism is pleased to announce that local developer, Eddie Smith with Venture Logistics in Mayodan, has purchased the Madison Industrial Center and plans to invest approximately $155,000 to upfit the building.  Smith plans to lease the space to clients for distribution operations, which will create about 16 jobs.

The 156,445-square-foot building is located at 301 Highway Street in Madison, NC.  Built in 1951, the building previously housed a Unifi operation.

“This building has quite a significant history in Madison, dating back to the textile mill Madison Throwing Company.  We wanted to spruce up the appearance and do what we can to help expand that part of town and provide jobs,” said Eddie Smith, owner of Venture Logistics.

“We are grateful to see an empty building being put back to use and we look forward to working with Eddie to bring new jobs to Madison,” said Kevin Baughn, manager of the Town of Madison.

“It’s always great to see companies investing in our vacant industrial buildings.  We are excited to see Eddie and Venture Logistics breathing new life into this property.  It is a welcome extension of Madison’s industrial footprint and we hope it will help spur more growth in that area,” said Leigh Cockram, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism.

Quality of Local Workforce Attracted Pella Corp.

From RockinghamNow
By Joe Dexter
May 13, 2019

On the first day of the job, Rockingham County Economic, Small Business and Tourism Director Leigh Cockram, was given notice that her office would be taking part in a prospect visit the next day.

Little did she know that some of her first hours on the clock, spent on preparing for the heavily classified visit, would help lead to a firm commitment from Pella Corporation just three months later.

After several visits, the well-respected window and door creator set its sights on investing $20 million locally, with the promise of turning an unoccupied building on Rockingham Drive into a new production and distribution center capable of handling their growth in the southeast.

In turn, the company is committed to creating 125 well-paying jobs almost immediately.

Already, the Iowa-based Corporation has posted Reidsville openings on their company website.

The positions include information technology, engineering, maintenance, finance, human resources, production and operation positions.

“This is an economic developer’s dream,” Cockram told RockinghamNow following Tuesday’s announcement. “To meet with someone in the beginning of February and to have an announcement now and then to know that they are actually going to hire people as soon as possible — with the goal of having manufacturing take place in October — that rarely happens.”

Ultimately, after also looking at other parts of the country, CEO Tim Yaggi told reporters Tuesday that Pella found Reidsville to be quite appealing and a great location from as a distribution gateway to southeastern customers.

On Tuesday, Cockram and several other local officials discussed the importance a local collaborative effort between several partnerships that played a role in helping give Pella all the information needed to make the right decision.

One of the biggest selling points was the area’s commitment to workforce development — a campaign that the county, municipal, education and community college sectors have all poured their heart and soul into.

Cockram said that it was workforce that was “absolutely top of mind” for Pella.

A statement backed up by Yaggi, who said his corporation believes in Rockingham County’s employment base.

“We think we will have a great quality workforce and that the community has similar values to Pella Corporation,” Yaggi said. “We take care of each other, we operate with team work and integrity and we think we will find that here amongst the workforce.”

Reece Pyrtle, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners, called the announcement a “win for all.”

He said the announcement says a lot about the local community and the investment they made at the polls last May — approving a ¼ cent sales referendum aimed at providing revenue for workforce development initiatives at Rockingham County Community College.

“This (announcement) is going to be part of the end product,” Pyrtle said. “We are going to have people looking at Rockingham County, saying that their community is making an investment into tomorrow and we want to be part of tomorrow.”

Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker welcomed Pella to Team Reidsville on Tuesday. He said that Rockingham County has proven to be a great place for corporations to do well, with a team of people that works together.

“We have added over 950 jobs in the last three years in Reidsville,” Donecker said.

As far as fit, Reidsville Industrial Alliance President Steve Scott told RockinghamNow that the incredibly well respected national corporation is widely known for its strong corporate engagement with local citizenry.

He said that a company of Pella’s stature will benefit the community tremendously.

“We are actively encouraging corporate involvement in Reidsville and Pella will fit in perfectly from that standpoint,” Scott said. “They intentionally choose to make an impact. That matters. It is what we want Reidsville to be known for; active, engaged, corporate leadership.”

Scott said that the Pella announcement is further proof the impact that Love’s has made on the economic front, in the very short time it has been open.

He cited the recent investments that Pella, and fellow companies Sanritsu, Albaad and Speedline LLC have made in the vicinity of the travel stop.

“These companies are investing enormous sums of money here while creating nearly 500 jobs,” Scott said. “These types of companies must have Industrial infrastructure in place before they can consider a community. Love’s Travel provides our industrial community the means to easily and efficiently ship and receive goods. Transportation companies want to run trucks into our community because they have a place to stage before or after loading and unloading. For Reidsville to grow, this issue had to be addressed. It was addressed. The results are coming in and we are seeing huge returns in Reidsville.”

Scott said that Pella choosing Reidsville for its new southeastern hub will further help the Reidsville community to continue fight off misnomers surrounding the local industrial climate.

“The common narrative of negativity, that is far too often spread throughout the region with no regards to facts, about our community, can be defeating.” “The true reality is that the City of Reidsville is working incredibly hard to create a terrific industrial climate. This climate is one of aggressive community engagement and growth,” said Scott.

The President of longtime local metal distributor Tri-State Steel, said he gets phone calls regularly from outsiders wanting to come Reidsville.

He added that he firmly believes the current climate is attractive to outsiders wanting to come here.

“…Reidsville is winning and shows no signs of growing tired of winning,” Scott said. “This is a community accustomed to championships and we are carrying that pride into the industrial climate here.”

As for the county as a whole, officials also shared some words for potential industry and business partners, looking for a new home.

For Chairman Prytle, the dedication of Rockingham County citizens and their leadership, is a huge selling point to potential clients.

He used strong recent improvements in workforce development, beautification and quality of life components as prime examples.

For Cockram, the message is simple.

Come and be a part of something special.

“This is just the beginning of many announcements,” Cockram said. “If you haven’t seen the infrastructure that is being implemented or being put into place in Rockingham County from the Northern Guilford Area with interstate infrastructure — you’re missing out. What it does is provide us with the ability to be a suburb of a larger city, so you can come to Rockingham County where there is a lower cost of doing business and a labor force that is ready to go.”

Gov. Cooper Announces Pella Corp. to Locate in Rockingham County, NC

Window and Door Manufacturer Pella to Bring New Manufacturing Facility, Jobs to Rockingham County

Governor Cooper lauds move to bring 124 new jobs to Reidsville

REIDSVILLE: Pella Corporation, a leading manufacturer of window and door products for residential and commercial use, will create 124 jobs at its new manufacturing facility in Rockingham County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest nearly $20 million in the new operation and hiring will begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“In North Carolina we’re proud of our manufacturing expertise and our skilled workforce that helps companies thrive here,” said Governor Cooper. “We’re excited to welcome Pella to Rockingham County and know they will find talented North Carolinians ready to get to work.”

Founded in 1925, Pella is a family-owned company known for designing and building innovative window and door products. The company is headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and employs more than 7,000 people.

“We are known for our core values including total integrity in everything we do, teamwork and respect, and giving back to our communities. After an extensive site selection process, we are confident that the Reidsville community not only has a quality workforce but is also well aligned with these values and will help us continue to live up to our reputation as a great place to work.” said Tim Yaggi, CEO, Pella Corporation.

“Once companies like Pella understand the advantages that North Carolina offers to manufacturers, they’re eager to locate here,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “We’re seeing more manufacturers locating and expanding here every year, enjoying our business-friendly climate, East Coast location and a workforce ready to roll up their sleeves.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s expansion.

Pella will create a variety of positions in Rockingham County, and the average salaries will be $41,648, above the county average of $35,401.

Pella’s expansion in Rockingham County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $247 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1,214,000 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.

“This is a day for celebrating in Rockingham County,” said President Pro Tempore Senator Phil Berger. “North Carolina is growing, and these jobs will provide an opportunity for many residents and their families to have a better quality of life.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for our community,” said Rep Jerry Carter. “We welcome companies like Pella and know they will find success here.”

Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, Rockingham County Schools, Rockingham County, and the City of Reidsville.



Runway Improvements in Progress at Shiloh Airport

Several improvements are taking place at Rockingham County, NC’s Shiloh Airport (KSIF).

First, the airport is currently completing a $3.6 million project to repave the runway.  That project was funded by a N.C. Board of Transportation in the summer of 2017.

Those funds are being used to rehabilitate and strengthen Shiloh Airport’s runway. The existing runway has been ground, removed, and the new sub-surface and surface installed.   The previous runway was over 30 years old with numerous deep cracks in the surface and separation in places.

Additionally, in December 2017 Shiloh learned that it was one of 11 airports in North Carolina to receive state funding to make improvements.  The airport is receiving $266,400 for apron rehabilitation from the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division. The apron is the area of an airport where planes are parked, refueled and boarded or unboarded.

This improvement will increase safety and allow Shiloh to better serve the pilots, passengers, and businesses that use the airport.  Local airports are a critical part of the transportation system and these projects will improve the link between our state and national and global markets.  Shiloh is one of 72 publicly owned airports in the state.

The photos below show the early stages of the runway grinding and repaving, which is currently in progress: