Expanding Rockingham County Businesses Receive Rural Building Reuse Grants

Rockingham County, NC (December 10, 2020) – The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced today the Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved building reuse grants for three Rockingham County existing industry expansions; Blow Molded, Night Owl, and Sturm, Ruger & Company.  The combined grant approvals equal $800,000 with a commitment of 106 new jobs collectively.

Blow Molded, located in Mayodan, started in Rockingham County in 2009. The company serves the recreation, agriculture, large truck, construction, and consumer markets with its blow molded products including nursery/plant containers, golf cart tops, lawn mower, seats, and garbage containers.  Due to an increase in demand, the company will use the $200,000 in grant funds to convert its current warehouse facility, to a manufacturing space allowing them to increase production capacity and add 28 new jobs.

Night Owl, a commercial licensed general contractor providing interior and exterior renovation, restoration, and construction services, started operations in the City of Eden just this year. The company is already expanding and will use the $100,000 grant it was awarded to support the reuse of the former Eden Mall into a light manufacturing facility allowing for cabinet fabrication. This expansion brings 18 new jobs.  

Sturm, Ruger & Company established a new facility in Rockingham County in 2013. Earlier this week, the company announced its expansion plans for its Mayodan facility due to meet consumer demand. A leading U.S. designer and manufacturer of commercial and sporting firearms, they received a performance-based grant from One North Carolina fund in the amount of $150,000. These funds were granted to help facilitate Ruger’s expansion that includes a $10 million investment over the next three years. The additional $500,000 received from the building reuse grant will allow the company to move forward with renovations to its existing building, as well as, add infrastructure to allow for additional manufacturing space and the creation of 60 new jobs.

“We are grateful to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Rural Infrastructure Authority for partnering with us to make these three expansions possible. Not only will these expansions increase the tax base for our County, but they will bring 106 new, good paying jobs to the region,” stated Leigh Cockram, Rockingham County Economic Development Director.  

For more information or questions, please contact Tara Martin, Economic Development Marketing Manager at tmartin@co.rockingham.nc.us.

To see the State’s full release which includes all funding requests approved by from North Carolina Department of Commerce, please visit https://www.nccommerce.com/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-announces-nearly-13-million-rural-infrastructure-grants

Leading Italian Pet Nutrition Company Selects Rockingham County for 129-Job North American Headquarters

Farmina Pet Food will Invest $28.5 Million In Reidsville

December 8, 2020

Farmina Pet Food USA, a provider of scientifically-developed foods and personalized nutrition services for dogs and cats, will establish its North American headquarters in Reidsville, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company’s plans in Rockingham County include the creation of 129 jobs over five years and a capital investment of nearly $28.5 million.

 “We welcome Farmina Pet Food to North Carolina, and are proud to be the base for its North American operations. Their choice will add jobs to Reidsville and our excellent workforce and infrastructure will serve them well as they continue to grow,” Governor Cooper said.

Farmina Pet Food USA LLC is part of family owned and operated Farmina Pet Foods Holding, whose small-animal nutrition business began in Italy in 1965. The global company utilizes natural ingredients in manufacturing both wet and dry dog and cat food products containing natural antioxidants and no GMOs. Farmina remains headquartered in Italy and operates manufacturing facilities in Italy, Brazil and Serbia. It currently has a sales and marketing office in New York City. The company’s North Carolina location will include manufacturing, R&D and warehousing operations.

“As a family-owned and operated business, we believe that Reidsville is the perfect fit for our values of quality and continuous innovation, from the workforce to the production technologies. Utilizing ingredients from Europe, Farmina’s North Carolina kitchen will make to order our Natural&Delicious and Vetlife dry nutritional solutions for cats and dogs,” said Farmina Holding CEO and Owner Angelo Russo. “A state-of-the-art microbiological and chemical lab will be equipped to carry out the company’s strict quality control procedures, establishing a new benchmark for creating pet nutrition solutions in the U.S. We plan to further invest in the Southeast to develop a network of family-owned regional farms that meet our farm-to-table ingredient quality standards.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s efforts to recruit Farmina, which also considered other U.S. destinations. The company’s new jobs will offer salaries averaging $46,722 per year, creating a $6.15 million annual payroll impact in the region. Rockingham County’s overall wages currently average $35,146 per year. Farmina’s North Carolina workforce will include positions ranging from machine operators and shipping clerks to veterinarians and chemical technicians.

“Farmina’s selection of North Carolina for this significant investment provides ample evidence that our infrastructure, workforce, cost structure and global market access enable leading companies to meet their strategic business objectives,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “We welcome Farmina as the newest member of our manufacturing community and appreciate the outstanding work of our partners and allies who helped make today’s announcement possible.”

Farmina’s new presence in North Carolina will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the 12-year term of the grant, the project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by more than $857 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the 129 new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1.833 million over 12 years.

State payments occur only after verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. Projects supported by JDIG must result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to the recipient company. The provision ensures all North Carolina communities benefit from the JDIG program.

Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina in the facilitating Farmina’s arrival in North Carolina are key partners that include the North Carolina Community College System, Rockingham County, the City of Reidsville, the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism, and Duke Energy.

Provided by North Carolina Department of Commerce

Expansion of Firearms Manufacturer Brings 60 New Jobs

Sturm, Ruger & Company Will Invest $10 Million in Rockingham County

December 7, 2020

Rockingham County’s Ruger Firearms in Mayodan, NC

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., a leading U.S. designer and manufacturer of commercial and sporting firearms, will grow its North Carolina workforce with an expansion at its Rockingham County production facility, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company’s goal is to add roughly 60 jobs and invest approximately $10 million at its site in Mayodan over the next three years.

“North Carolina’s skilled workforce continues to make our state a smart choice for growing manufacturers,” Governor Cooper said. “Today’s expansion by Sturm, Ruger & Co. highlights our state’s commitment to growing with companies and is a strong investment in the future of Rockingham County.”

Founded in 1949, Connecticut-based Sturm, Ruger [NYSE: RGR] is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of firearms. Its award-winning products are bought by hunters, collectors and hobbyists, as well as law enforcement organizations, security firms and government agencies. Sturm, Ruger established its $26 million production facility in Mayodan in 2013, and its workforce there currently totals 490. It also has plants in New Hampshire and Arizona.

“We are thrilled to achieve so many goals with this project,” said Mickey Wilson, Sturm, Ruger’s vice president of Mayodan operations. “This expansion will help us to grow our business and further expand our diverse lineup of rugged, reliable firearms, while at the same time expanding our presence in Rockingham County.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting Sturm, Ruger’s decision to expand its North Carolina operations. The company had considered other U.S. business destinations. Salaries for the new jobs are expected to average $44,033 per year, creating an annual payroll impact for the region of more than $2 million per year. Rockingham County’s overall annual wages average $35,146. Sturm, Ruger’s new positions will include production associates and supervisors.

“Expansions by existing companies are compelling evidence that North Carolina’s economic assets and business climate remain competitive with other leading destinations,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “I congratulate Sturm, Ruger for its impressive growth and also commend the state and local partners and allies that have supported the company’s success in Rockingham County.”

A performance-based grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Sturm, Ruger’s North Carolina expansion. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments, and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina in the collaborative effort to support this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Rockingham County, the Town of Mayodan, and the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism.

Provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce