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