NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY IN STOKESDALE – Now Hiring Various Production Positions

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – Ontex in Stokesdale, NC is holding their first job fair, taking place at the Holiday Inn Express at the PIT (GSO) Airport on Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Ontex has begun hiring for their brand new, world class manufacturing facility in Stokesdale scheduled to open in the coming weeks. Several career opportunities are available for those interested in growing with an expanding, international company.

They intend to offer employment on the spot! Positions include, but are not limited to, Maintenance Technicians, Machine Operators, Quality Inspectors, Forklift Operators, and R&D. If unable to attend, interested candidates should apply through Indeed (search for Ontex) or calling (336) 280-0004.

Ontex – Grow with Us!

Ontex – Stokesdale Job Fair

Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (at Greensboro Airport)
645 S Regional Road I-40 & State Route 68
Greensboro, NC 27409


Rockingham County Welcomes Sky Electronics and Arcade

-Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Mayodan’s Newest Small Business-

Rockingham County, NC (September 1, 2021) — Rockingham County’s Economic Development, Small Business, and Tourism office is excited to welcome Sky’s Electronics and Arcade (Sky’s) to Rockingham County. On Wednesday, September 1st, the Economic Development office staff honored Sky’s with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark their grand opening. The ceremony took place on site located at 421 S. 2nd Avenue in Mayodan and featured welcoming remarks from the Economic Development office as well as Sky’s owner, Jonathan Montanez.

Over the years, Sky’s owner couldn’t help but notice the lack of affordable electronic store and entertainment options in the community, especially entertainment for kids, and decided to open a shop which would combine the two. Sky’s offers electronics and entertainment under one roof including liquidated and refurbished computers, laptops, smart watches, smart phones, and video games for purchase as well as their game room which includes coin and dollar fed video games, pool and air hockey tables, and rent by the hour multicades. Need a snack to give you the energy to play a little longer? Their snack bar will do just the trick!

Sky’s Electronics and Arcade’s hours are:
Monday and Wednesday – 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday – 10:00 am until 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 am until 10:00 pm

For more information, visit their website at www.skys-gifts.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Small Business Spotlight: Ashley Latham Photography

Ashley Latham, Owner of Ashley Latham Photography

Rockingham County, NC (June 14, 2020) – Growing up, Ashley Latham, owner of Ashley Latham Photography, never imagined herself as one of Rockingham County’s most sought after photographers; in fact, she dreamed of being a teacher; a career which she later pursued and thoroughly enjoyed.

After high school (in Eden), Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and K-5 Teaching Licensure. Shortly after graduating college, Ashley began her teaching career in the Alamance-Burlington School System where she taught both 5th and 1st grades.

After several years of teaching, Ashley and her husband, Seth, decided it was time to have children of their own. When Ashley’s first child was born, she wanted to capture every moment and bought her first dSLR camera.  Before she knew it, she started having requests from friends, family, and acquaintances to capture their special moments as well.  As Ashley and her husband prepared to welcome their second bundle of joy in 2011, Ashley made the decision to halt her teaching career to allow herself the opportunity to pursue her passion and talent for photography.

In 2014, Ashley opened her first studio which was located on the second floor of Pace Stone in Uptown Eden. As momentum continued to rise, she realized Ashley Latham Photography was becoming more than a one woman show and hired her first employee.  By this point in time, Ashley was capturing virtually every special moment including newborns, pre-schools, weddings, maternity, high school seniors, family, and engagements…if you were living it, she was capturing it.

When Ashley decided it was time to find her permanent studio home, she knew Uptown Eden was where she wanted to be. At the time, there were several buildings available in the three block section of Uptown Washington Street; buildings that had sat empty for years and were in need of quite a bit of work. Ashley saw nothing but opportunity and beauty in those buildings, and when it came down to deciding, she chose three. Ashley purchased these three buildings, which sat side by side, with a studio vision that would be more than just a place to shoot portraits. She saw the opportunity to create a total package photography experience for her clients; one that would allow them to come in, be pampered, photographed, and leave with a gorgeous portrait ready to be hung as soon as they brought it home. Today, through hard work and determination, Ashley’s 5,000 square foot studio offers a licensed salon, expansive shooting space, a projector-based viewing room, as well as a custom frame shop.

Ashley attributes much of her success to the amazing team of employers she has on staff.  “There is no way we could deliver the level of quality and customer service that we do without the staff here at Ashley Latham Photography,” Ashley stated.  Continuing education is also important to her, which shows through her degrees including the national recognition of being a Certified Professional Photographer. She is an active member in Professional Photographers of North Carolina and Professional Photographers of America, where she has led classes to help other photographers as well. She stresses that it’s not only important to learn the craft of photography itself, but to learn how to manage a successful business. 

“I never imagined the growth of Ashley Latham Photography,” stated Ashley. “If someone would have told me 15 years ago I would be a photographer working in my own studio, I would have thought they were insane. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. While there is always room for improvement, I feel very blessed to be where I am now and cannot thank my clients enough for their support over the years, as well as my husband, three children, and my parents who have all cheered me on throughout this journey. I am excited to see what more the future holds for Ashley Latham Photography.”

For more information or questions about Ashley Latham Photography, please visit www.ashleylathamphotography.com.


Cockram Named North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year

Left to right: Leigh Cockram, Rockingham County Economic Development Director and Randall Johnson, NCEDA President

Rockingham County, NC (June 9, 2021) – Each year, the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) presents an annual award to the individual who best exemplifies leadership in the state’s economic development efforts.  The North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year award is given in recognition of the winner’s contributions to expansions and projects completed during the previous calendar year.

The Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business, and Tourism is excited to announce their very own Leigh Cockram, has been named NCEDA’s 2021 Economic Developer of the Year.

“I am very proud of Leigh for all she has accomplished in such a short period of time,” stated Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager. “I had the pleasure of meeting Leigh several years ago when she was working with another organization I knew immediately, she was a go-getter and would be a tremendous asset to Rockingham County. After a few conversations at various times, the right doors opened, and in February 2019 she became an integral part of the Rockingham County team. The news of Leigh’s award comes as no surprise to myself because there is truly no one more deserving of being honored with such a noble recognition.”

Prior to coming to Rockingham County, Cockram was director of business development and strategic initiatives at Danville’s Institute for Advanced Learning and research. Additionally she had held economic development posts and private-sector jobs in southern Virginia, including two years as founding director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, a regional partnership, and was an entrepreneur herself with her own highly successful sportswear company. Needless to say, success in her field has never been obstacle and something she has found often.

While Cockram’s first year (2019) in her position in Rockingham County was highly successful, year two proved to be one for the books. As 2020 began, Cockram and her economic development team, found Rockingham County at a pivotal point and were already working diligently to gain momentum in the coming year.  Just after the turn of the first quarter, Ontex Group announced their $93 million investment which would also create more than 450 jobs. Ontex, a Belgium based manufacturer of affordable, disposable hygiene products, would soon call the new South Rockingham Corporate Park (SRCP) their new home and serve as its first occupant, which spurred interest in the area and led to the addition of a 174,000 square foot shell building in the park as well. Cockram’s strong negotiation tactics were instrumental in the much needed infrastructure expansion to the park which made industrial development in this area a reality.

As the third quarter came to a close, the largest economic development announcement in the County’s history was revealed; Nestle Purina would invest $450 million in the former MillerCoors site and with it bring just over 300 new jobs. The loss of MillerCoors in 2015 was a devastating hit to the entire county and to have this building occupied once again, was exactly the economic win the County needed, and Cockram knew it. Cockram worked non-stop, including nights, weekends, and even while on vacation, to secure Rockingham County as this Fortune 500 Company’s new home. With her amazing skill set and impeccable negotiation skills, she was able to put together an impressive incentive package for the company that ultimately sealed the deal.

But Cockram was not done yet; in early December 2020, Farmina, an Italian based pet food company, announced they would invest $28.5 million in their first U.S. facility to be located in the Reidsville Industrial Park (RIP). This announcement was the first announcement for RIP in over two years. Additionally days after Farmina’s announcement, a number of existing industries announced expansions to their current Rockingham County facilities which, also created not only new investment but jobs as well. These announcements came as a result of the CDBG grants Blow Molded, Night Owl, Acrow, and Sturm Ruger were awarded, which Cockram played a hand in them obtaining. To say 2020 was an amazing year for this “Rock Star” is an understatement!

“I was happy to contribute to the nomination of Leigh Cockram for this prestigious award,” stated Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development, City of Eden. “She and her staff worked tirelessly to bring unprecedented success to our county in 2020.”

Rockingham County looks forward to seeing what the future holds with Cockram behind the reigns and is beyond appreciative of the amazing work she has already accomplished.

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


Gem-Dandy Celebrates 100 Years in Business

Rockingham County, NC (June 2, 2021) – Rockingham County’s Office of Economic Development, Small Business, and Tourism is excited to celebrate the 100th year of Gem-Dandy Accessories. During the month of June, Rockingham County Economic Development will highlight Gem-Dandy in the Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce store front window, along with other Rockingham County industries.

Gem-Dandy, a successor to the Penn Suspender Company, started in downtown Madison, North Carolina by the Penn Family in 1921. Their first major product, the GEMCO Adjustable Garter, was quickly patented as the first fully adjustable garter for men, women, and children. The company later entered into the belt business which has landed them with several popular brands such as Greg Norman ®, Pebble Beach ®,  John Deere ®, Berne ®,  REALTREE ®, Roper ® and Colours by Alexander Julian ® as well as their own proprietary brands including Danbury Golf, Danbury Workwear, Lady Danbury, G-Bar-D Western Outfitters and Cowgirls Rock. Today, they are one of the country’s leading belt and accessory companies and serve retailers around the globe.

Gem-Dandy Accessories attributes their longtime success and prides themselves on quality. The majority of the leather for their products comes from India, Italy, China, and they even use American hides which are tanned in Mexico.  Their unique designs, which are done in house in their downtown Madison facility, set them above their competitors. Throughout their 100 years, they have been able to roll with the punches and conform to the needs and wants of their customers, and it has truly worked in their favor.

“When we see a local industry who has been in operation for a century, you know they are doing something right,” states Leigh Cockram, Rockingham County Department of Economic Development Director. “We wish Gem-Dandy another 100 years of prosperity and growth.”

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


Ice House Brings Confidence to Rising Entrepreneurs

– Local Entrepreneurship Program Celebrates Graduation of Eight Participants –  

Rockingham County, NC (May 27, 2021) – The Rockingham County Office of Economic Development, Small Business, and Tourism recently hosted their first Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (Ice House). The program, made possible through funding and support through NC IDEA, focused on inspiring and engaging aspiring entrepreneurs through discussions and work pertaining to the principles of entrepreneurship verses the process of becoming a successful professional.

A total of eight participants ranging from ages 17-62, graduated from the program six week program. The series ended with each participant presenting their business plan while integrating the techniques they had acquired through the courses. While no two business plans were alike, they all held the same value of being thoroughly planned out.

“Being successful as an entrepreneur is not about luck; instead, it is about working hard, persevering, and having confidence in your own abilities,” said Joseph Strader, class participant. “This course does a great job of helping you develop the skills you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and also offers a workshop for your business ideas.”

Small business is often referred to as the heartbeat of a community and entrepreneurs are the backbone that hold those small businesses strong and tall. Entrepreneurs bring new and improved products, technologies, and radical innovations which have the ability to transform consumer’s lives as well as the entire economy. Entrepreneurship generates employment opportunities, spawn new markets, and improve productivity. Being a successful entrepreneur takes a certain mindset, will, and willingness to learn, which each of Rockingham County Economic Development’s participants possessed.

“What I love about this course is it really dives into the core skills and qualities it takes to be an entrepreneur, rather than just teaching basic business concepts,” said Adam Mark, Small Business Manager, Rockingham County Economic Development. “The hope is the county can continue to build off of this momentum by integrating this curriculum into a broader eco-system that offers a variety of programs to help grow and sustain both out new and existing small buinesses.”

Although six week program has wrapped up, the original group of graduates plans to continue to meet on a monthly basis to continue building their strong mindset as well as share ideas.

Rockingham County Economic Development is currently planning its next Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which will tentatively be scheduled for fall 2021. Information will be shared as dates are confirmed.

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


Virtual Hiring Event a Success

Contact: Lydia Craddock – 336-949-0775

There are graduating seniors looking for full-time, permanent employment in Rockingham County.  Local companies are looking for full-time, permanent employees.  Our local community college is ready with the training needed to put these students to work.  On Wednesday, April 21, the groups were able to come together.  Working collaboratively, Rockingham County Schools and the local NCWorks Career Center – Rockingham were able to bring these students and employers together with the help of the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce.  Rockingham Community College and NCWorks Career Center – Rockingham are now developing the summer job skills training program called Triad Career Connect for the students who will be employed as a result of this event.

Career Development Coordinators (CDC’s) in county high schools helped students write resumes and gather the necessary paperwork.   Virtual job interviews were scheduled.  Students practiced mock interviews with their CDCs and their teachers.   On the day of the interviews, the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce managed the various interviews through their virtual meeting platform.   

“It was a little bit of an adjustment helping students interview on a virtual platform.  Nevertheless, it was well worth the effort seeing my student interview with the different companies.  I was pleased with how my student stepped up and took the initiative,” said Jim Carroll, CDC for Rockingham County High School.

 Lydia Craddock, RockATOP Apprenticeship Facilitator for the Rockingham County Schools, indicated, “The RockATOP Apprenticeship Program started three years ago by our local manufacturing industries and Rockingham Community College has been a success.  However, we quickly saw the need to expand and adapt this program into other arenas.  There are students who are postponing college entrance or who want to enter the workforce immediately after high school.  This project with Triad Career Connect and Rockingham Community College is one of the ways we are trying to connect these students and local employers with local education. “

NCWorks partners arranged to have company human resource managers present to interview students while CDCs in the school system connected with students who had an interest in the project.  A young student from Morehead High School remarked, “The company I most wanted to interview with was not able to make the hiring event, but I was able to interview with two other companies.  I hope one of these calls me back.”

The Rockingham County School system anticipates working with NCWorks Career Center – Rockingham to offer an additional hiring event for students wanting to go directly to work after graduation. 

Rockingham County Gains Momentum

Contributed Article From Business North Carolina 

On Leigh Cockram’s first day on the job as Rockingham County’s director of economic development and tourism in February 2019, she learned the county planned a presentation the next day to a manufacturer considering adding 100 jobs in Reidsville.

The prospect — code-named Project Piedmont — was a big opportunity for a community that has suffered several economic body blows over the past generation. Textile and tobacco jobs, once a mainstay, disappeared as one plant after another closed.

“Then we got another punch in the gut when MillerCoors decided to close,” says County Manager Lance Metzler. He was referring to the 2016 Eden brewery shutdown that eliminated more than 500 jobs. “We’re like, ‘We need to do something.’”

© mark wagoner-2021 Leigh Cockram and Randy Hunt, Eden’s Main Street manager, review plans for the Nestle Purina plant

So that presentation to the interested manufacturer was important during Cockram’s first week on the job. She was experienced in economic development but was new to North Carolina. “She immediately reached out to me,” says Tony Copeland, the N.C. Department of Commerce secretary at the time. (Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Machelle Sanders to the role in February.)

Cockram took charge of the pitch. “I remember staying late that night and redoing the entire PowerPoint into a format and a look that I just thought worked,” Cockram says.

The effort went well. “You would have never thought it was her first day or second day,” says Metzler, who is Cockram’s boss. “She was very well prepared.”

Three months later, Pella Windows said it would invest nearly $20 million in a plant with 124 employees. It was the first win for Cockram and part of a strong reversal in Rockingham County’s fortunes in the last few years. Including Pella, 10 companies announced new investments and added jobs in the county in 2019 and 2020.

Those companies include diaper manufacturer Ontex, which created more than 400 jobs, and pet food company Nestle Purina, which in September disclosed a $450 million investment at the former MillerCoors site. The pet food plant will eventually create about 300 jobs at wages averaging $42,000 a year, compared with the county’s average wage of about $35,000 a year.

Purina’s announcement was the largest economic development investment in the county’s history, based on dollars pledged. In all, the investments from those 10 companies total more than $600 million and will create almost 1,200 jobs.

More private-sector jobs should help raise Rockingham’s income levels, which have trailed the state averages. Median household income of about $43,600 a year is about 25% less than the statewide level of $54,600.


Historically, the rural county sitting between Greensboro and Martinsville, Va., found success in textiles and tobacco. Chicago department-store magnate Marshall Field established Fieldcrest in the northern part of the county when he bought seven area mills in 1911. The business grew to employ about 3,000 people in the county before the U.S. textile industry’s collapse in the ’80s and ’90s.

In the county’s southern region in Reidsville, tobacco was the dominant employer. James Duke’s American Tobacco bought the Penn family’s Reidsville plant in 1911 and employed about 1,000 people until the mid-1990s, when staffing was drastically reduced. Manufacturing dwindled through a series of ownership changes. The last jobs disappeared in early 2020 when ITG Brands moved operations to Greensboro, its headquarters city.

Rockingham County statistics, 2019

The county’s population has stagnated since the 1980s and was estimated at about 91,000 in 2019, down 3% from 2010. The Piedmont Triad’s population grew about 6% during the decade, adding nearly 100,000 people.

Upgraded transportation options are spurring growth, however. Highway construction has made for easier access to Piedmont Triad International Airport and the Triad’s Interstate 40/85 corridor, setting the stage for expansions.

Rockingham officials say the county has ingredients that N.C. boosters tout when recruiting companies: a workforce with manufacturing experience, a community college, and land and facilities appropriate for large plants and distribution centers.

Belgium-based Ontex chose South Rockingham Corporate Park, a project by Greensboro developer Roy Carroll that is adjacent to U.S. 220 and Interstate 73 and 20 minutes from the region’s main airport. The park has also benefited from the county’s expansion of water and sewer utilities along U.S. 220.

Development in Virgina should bolster Rockingham County. Just across the state line along U.S. 220 is another industrial park, Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, that is adding tenants. Suppliers or other businesses that move to the area can support future tenants there, Metzler says.

Rockingham County also touts its rivers and opportunities for outdoor activities. Metzler points to a $400 million Caesars Entertainment casino and resort in Danville, Va. — 25 miles from both Eden and Reidsville — that will boost tourism spending in the region. The casino’s groundbreaking is planned later this year with a likely opening in 2023.


It took the county two tries to lure Cockram south from her Virginia home. Metzler first approached her in 2014, when she was the director of business development and strategic initiatives at Danville’s Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Before that she’d held economic development posts and private-sector jobs in southern Virginia, including two years as founding director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, a regional partnership.

Cockram was also busy with her own sportswear company and wasn’t looking for a new job. When the Rockingham economic developer position came open again in late 2018, Metzler again trekked north to Virginia. This time, his pitch was more successful.

Her company had revenue in the six figures, but the work of packing and shipping orders, updating social media, and more was wearing on her.

“We had a great, very candid conversation around what are the strengths, the weaknesses [of the county],” Cockram says. She did some research and “truly realized that ‘Yeah, I’m interested, because you’re sitting on the cusp of an explosion.’”

Cockram, 40, still lives in Martinsville with her husband and two children. Her daily commute to Reidsville is 35 to 40 minutes — less than the 50-minute drive to Danville she made for her previous job. She has closed her former business.

Colleagues say she has the key attributes needed in economic development: a knack for managing relationships with local government stakeholders and other local officials and an ability to share a compelling vision with prospective employers. She’s also direct.

© mark wagoner-2021 A downtown statue pays tribute to Reidsville’s “Lucky City” history as a former top producer of Lucky Strike cigarettes, owned by former American Tobacco Co.

“She’s very, very smart, really, really bright and really energetic, and about as blunt a person as you’ll ever meet in your life,” says Michael Dougherty, the longtime director of economic development for Eden, in the northern part of the county. “She doesn’t pull any punches at all.”

Sometimes, Metzler says, that includes convincing people to understand her vision.

“She can be very persistent when identifying an area that you and I may look at and think, ‘It’s not that great of a place probably to grow,’” he says. “After she goes through a presentation or goes through convincing you or trying to convince you it would be a good location, then, you’ll be like, ‘You know, maybe that is a good idea.’”

Her vision for Rockingham County is for more residential, industrial and retail development while retaining its rural character.

“Even five years from now, I think it will look different as you drive north or south,” she says. “I think the landscape will change, but I think it will change in a managed-growth pattern so we never really lose that kind of rural, laid-back identity.”

To make that vision a reality, there is still work to be done.

“What will be our new challenge is the lack of product that will suit the majority of the activity that we’re seeing,” Cockram says. “The lack of building ark wagoner-2021spaces that are modern, if you will, with higher ceiling heights … or shovel-ready industrial sites.” ■

Rockingham County Animal Shelter Receives Donation from Nestlé Purina

Yummmm! Thank you Nestlé Purina!

Rockingham County, NC (February 24, 2021) – Just months after announcing plans to expand its manufacturing operations in North Carolina, Nestlé Purina PetCare is supporting Rockingham County Animal Shelter by donating 100 pet shelter blankets and more than 3,700 pounds of dry dog food, wet cat food, and cat litter to nourish the animals cared for in the region.

“Each month, the Rockingham County Animal Shelter uses $1,200 in basic need items for the pets in the shelter,” stated Brittany Flynn, Rockingham County Animal Shelter Director. “We are always in need of cat litter, canned cat food, and dry dog food. This donation from Purina will definitely ease the financial burden we often have when caring for these sweet pets, especially as we move into our busy season.”

The Rockingham County Animal Shelter began operations in 2011 and has been busting at the seams since opening its doors. While much of its operating costs are covered through yearly budget provided by Rockingham County, the shelter relies heavily on community support and donations to care for the over 5,000 animals each year.

“At Purina, we are passionate about supporting the communities where we live and work and know that organizations like Rockingham County Animal Shelter are vital to bringing pets and people together,” said Will Steiner, Purina Factory Manager in Eden. “We are excited to continue making connections in Rockingham County and finding ways to positively impact the region.”

Renovations continue as Purina works to revitalize a former brewery in Eden, transforming it into an innovative, technically advanced pet food manufacturing facility scheduled to open in 2022. Plans call for Purina to invest $450 million to renovate the existing structure and produce leading dry dog and cat food brands, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets. By 2024, Purina plans to employ more than 300 people at this location. To view and apply for positions at Purina’s new factory, please visit purinajobs.com/Eden. To receive alerts and updates on new available positions, visit purinajobs.com/NC.

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


Trade & Industry Development Honors 2021 CiCi Award Winners

Trade & Industry Development Honors 2021 CiCi Award Winners

Trade & Industry Development, a leading publication dedicated to site selection for businesses, has named the winners of its 2021 Corporate Investment/Community Impact Awards (CiCi Awards). 

This is the 15th year the publication has honored projects around the country that promise — through extensive capital investment or influential community impact — to help shape the communities in which they are located, and in which they continue to develop and grow. Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Awards honor 30 projects — 15 in the “Corporate Investment” category and 15 in the “Community Impact” category. All the winners are projects that were announced in both 2019 and 2020. (The years were combined due to delays caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, both in the projects themselves as well as the magazine’s production schedule.) 

“We received hundreds of nominations for our Cici Awards, and each one represented a bright spot in a difficult and challenging year,” said Trade & Industry Development Publisher Scott Swoger. “We read each one carefully in our effort to single out 30 winning projects, but all of them had admirable merit. Our final winner’s list is an excellent mix of high achieving projects at major international corporations as well as smaller, local companies. By deciding to locate or expand in a certain area, these companies, and the economic development agencies that guided the projects, helped to shape the community and the economies where they’re located.” 

The Corporate Investment winners have all pledged large economic development investments, while the Community Impact winners promise to have a transformational effect on the communities in which they’re located. The 30 award-winning projects represent combined capital investment of nearly $33 billion. The number of direct jobs created totals 35,400, with countless more indirect positions associated with these projects. 

Each of the 30 winners is featured in Trade & Industry Development’s “CiCi Awards Issue 2021,” which is available now in print and online at TradeAndIndustryDev.com. 

2021 CiCi Awards—Corporate Investment 

• Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Maricopa County, AZ 
• Grön Fuels, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA 
• Steel Dynamics Inc., San Patricio County, TX 
• General Motors, St. Charles County, MO 
• Ultium Cells, LLC, Trumbull County, OH 
• Ford Motor Company, Wayne County, MI 
• Nucor, Meade County, KY 
• Tesla, Travis County, TX 
• Centene Corp., Mecklenburg County, NC 
• Facebook, Inc. d/b/a Goldframe, LLC, DeKalb County, IL 
• Google, Ellis County, TX 
• Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Rockingham County, NC 
• Allison Transmission, Inc., Marion County, IN 
• AW Texas, Inc., Guadalupe County, TX
• Mark Anthony Brewing, Richland County, SC 

2021 CiCi Awards—Community Impact 
• Tinker Air Force Sustainment Center, Oklahoma County, OK 
• Mastronardi, Clear Water Farms, LiDestri Food & Drink, GEM Opportunity Fund Zone, Hampton County, SC 
• New Blueprint Partners and Rabina, Clark County, WA 
• Amazon, Travis County, TX 
• Ross Stores, Inc., Waller County, TX 
• Vermeer Corp., Marion County, IA 
• AppHarvest, Rowan County, KY 
• Linear Labs, Tarrant County, TX 
• Lockheed Martin, Lawrence County, AL 
• Cedar Point Sports Center, Erie County, OH 
• Holley Performance Products, Warren County, KY 
• City of Wisconsin Dells – Riverwood Eagle’s Nest, Columbia County, WI 
• PAS MRO, Creek County, OK 
• Epic Piping, East Carroll Parish, LA 
• PeopleShores, Coahoma County, MS 

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