*Repost from Davie County Blog

Walmart in Mocksville wants to change the way you buy groceries by offering free online grocery pickup with a minimum $30 purchase.

“Customers today are looking for more convenience, choice, and savings, so we’re creating an experience that offers customers the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars,” said Garry Steele, assistant manager of e-commerce.

The store kicked off the new service today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration which included refreshments, outdoor inflatable games, and vendors with giveaways.

 

Tanya Hare pulled in promptly at 8 a.m, becoming the service’s first customer. “We are going to the beach, so I thought I drop my daughter off, pick up my groceries, and I’d be good. Grocery pickup is a great service!”

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin acknowledged the store’s effort and thanked Walmart, saying “For Walmart to partner with Mocksville and to offer this type of convenience to our citizens is wonderful. I have already heard from some of my friends who are looking forward to using the service and I appreciate Walmart for stepping up to the plate and bringing this to Davie County.”

Tim Stewart, store manager, thanked employees for their efforts in preparing for the grocery pickup service. “It’s taken several months for the construction, and a lot of work and training went into this. This is the future of our company and retail as we move forward. The whole idea is to offer the very best customer service that we can. I really believe that this service is going to bring a lot of sales back to Davie County because people are crossing the river to shop… Let’s keep those sales in Davie County.”

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission agreed, saying, “Life is about continuous improvement, and that is emphasized by what you are doing here today. You’ve created the perfect destination for great customer service, low pricing, and convenience, and that is a great benefit to the community because we all need to think local first.”

“Two years ago, we did a study to determine how much money is being spent outside of the county by our residents. Most people won’t believe this, but there is $1 billion spent in other counties by our residents each year,” Bralley added. “This is an opportunity to capture some of those dollars and bring them back to Davie County.”

Steele said Walmart tested online grocery in a handful of markets and received feedback from thousands of customers all over the country asking for this faster easier way to get the company’s every day low prices on their groceries. More than 1,600 Walmart stores now offer grocery pickup.

He said the service offers:

  • Same pricing as in the local store.
  • Personal shoppers trained to carefully select and handpick the freshest produce. Customers also have the opportunity to check their produce at pickup to ensure that it meets their approval.
  • Free pickup with no hidden fees or subscription charges.
  • Same day pickup options.

Fast and Convenient Service
“We consistently hear from moms who have used the service, that grocery shopping – between loading kids, shopping, pack up the car, getting the kids back in their seats – used to take hours… and it’s now finished in minutes,” Steele said. “They choose the pickup time that works best for them. It might be after dropping the kids off at school or on the way home from practice. They don’t even have to unbuckle anyone’s seatbelt.”

How Does Online Grocery Work?
Orders can be placed online or by downloading the free Walmart grocery app to a mobile device.

Shoppers begin by selecting a pickup time and date. Do you know that you will need cookout supplies for the weekend? No problem, you can choose a pickup time and date as many as six days in advance.

Placing an order is simple. Shoppers can shop by department, peruse featured items, or enter needed items into the search bar. The site tracks past purchases making it quicker and easier to place future orders, and registered shoppers receive emails alerting them to sales and rollback prices.

Walmart Pickup does not allow coupons, but Steele believes that Walmart’s pricing and the use of the Walmart Savings Catcher app will make up any difference.

He recommends allowing substitution. “We only substitute with a larger size or more expensive brand to make our customers happy and to meet their needs.”

He also encourages shoppers to take advantage of the mobile apps check-in feature.

“When shoppers let us know they are on the way we can have their groceries waiting for them at the door which will save them even more time.”

Pick up is easy. Just follow the signs in the parking lot. There are also specially marked parking spots near the front of the store which makes it easy for the personal shoppers to load your groceries quickly. Tipping is neither expected or allowed.

Steele says one of the most exciting features of grocery pickup is that it isn’t limited to groceries. Need milk, bread, Tylenol, and motor oil? No problem!

And for customers who have placed an online order with free in-store pickup, but without groceries, the pickup area has been moved to the front of the store near Subway to increase convenience.

“In communities across America, customers count on us to provide high-quality foods at Walmart prices. We’re using our expertise as America’s largest grocer to make shopping for fresh groceries easier than ever and win the future of retail,” said Steele.

Customers will receive $10 of each of their first three orders of $50 or more using codeTRIPLE10 or 10% off their 1st order by using the code WOWFRESH during checkout.

Visit walmart.com/grocery to learn more.

*Repost from Davie County Blog

Downtown Mocksville has a full weekend of free activities planned to celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday.

With fireworks, concerts, wagon rides, antique tractors, children’s activities, and even a ladies frying pan toss, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

19th Annual Independence Day Tractor Show & Parade

All day Friday and Saturday – The weekend will be full of the sights and sounds of yesteryear at the 19th Annual Piedmont Antique Power Association (PAPA) Antique Tractor and Engine show held at the Masonic Picnic Grounds. This free event boasts antique tractors, farm equipment, and a host of vendors. Step back in time and celebrate the heritage of Davie County. This non-profit group exists to assist charitable organizations in the community. The annual tractor parade through historic downtown Mocksville is a celebration of North Carolina’s rich farming heritage and a celebration of the great American spirit of Independence with a tribute to our military veterans.

There are wagon rides through Rich Park, kiddie train rides, and a bounce house on both days. Friday promises fun with antique displays, tractor pulls, live music, and various other activities. Saturday begins with a parade of tractors through historic Downtown Mocksville at 10 a.m. After the parade, there will be a kiddie pedal pull, auction sale, raffle in which someone will win a tractor or prize money! This year’s raffle tractor is a 1956 Farmall 100. New this year is a raffle for a new child’s pedal tractor. Raffle tickets are 1 for $1.00, 6 for $5.00, 12 for $10.00.

 

 

Friday, June 29th

8:00 am each day – Gates open to the public – No entrance fee

All Day— Display of Tractors, Hit & Miss Engines, & Farm Equipment, Demonstrations of Farm Equipment, and Wagon Rides

6:30pm — MUSIC by GAINING GROUND

6:30pm —- Tractor skills event, KIDDIE PEDAL RACE, Ladies Pedal Pull & Frying Pan Toss, Wrench Toss contest

Saturday, June 30th

All Day — Displays of Tractor, Hit & Miss Engines, & Farm Equipment, Wagon Rides

9:00am — Parade Line-up

10:00am — Parade through Downtown Mocksville

11:30am — KIDDIE PEDAL PULL (sign ups start at 11:00am)

1:00pm — Auction Sale

3:00pm — DRAWING FOR THE RAFFLE TRACTORS

For more information contact Piedmont Antique Power Association, Arthur Bostick at 336.414.7834, or visit www.piedmontantiquepowerassociation.com

POUNDCAKE to Perform Friday at 7 p.m. in the Mocksville Town Square

Head to Downtown Mocksville on Friday night from 7-10 p.m. and rock with POUNDCAKE, featuring Tim Elmore. This free concert will feature rock tunes from the 80’s & 90’s. Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the local downtown restaurants, shop in the boutiques, or grab a coffee or ice cream. Bring your own chair.

This concert is the first in the Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority. For more information, call (336) 753-6705.

Free Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza – Saturday, June 30th, at Rich Park

Grab your family and friends and spend the evening at Rich Park/Mando Field & Davie Family YMCA! The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Enjoy great food, family activities, and listen to the live band! Last but not least, enjoy the fireworks show under the stars!

Enjoy goodies from KP Kakes, Sunset Slush, Emergensweets, Wingz on Wheelz, Super SnackShop, Anna’s Sweet Treats, Wicked Awesome Foods, Davie County Band Boosters, and Jacob & Mabrey’s Gourmet Cotton Candy.

Jim Quick & Coastline will wow young and old alike with their eclectic blend of beach, soul, blues, and rock. From hard driving Carolina back beats, to Georgia southern rock, from Cajun inspired grooves, to Texas and Delta blues; Coastline truly defines the sound of historical Southern music. With finesse, the pure forms of southern music are transformed into a modern contemporary art form.

Coastline is one of the most sought after acts on the road today, staying booked over a year in advance. Coastline has rapidly become a staple in Americana music.

 

Free onsite parking until full! Alternate parking available. New this year, Davie County Recreation and Parks is partnering with YVeddi Transportation to provide FREE transportation to and from the event site for the Celebration!

Click on the links below for more information about parking and transportation:

Rain date: July 1 (Fireworks only).

For more information, call Davie County Recreation and Parks at 336-753-TEAM (8326) or visit http://www.daviecountync.gov/723/Independence-Day-Celebration

*Repost from Davie County Blog

The first to complete Ingersoll Rand’s apprenticeship program which began in 2015, Moore is now a full-time employee in the Mocksville plant’s maintenance department.

“Craig is our first success story and a poster child for the program,” Kern, human resources generalist, said with a smile. “He did an awesome job in the apprenticeship program, finished his schooling at DCCC, and the maintenance team has had really positive things to say about him. We are thrilled to now have him on board full time.”

Moore, who works third shift troubleshooting and repairing machinery, is equally excited and said, “I don’t just have a job, I’ve found a career.”

The Mocksville plant supports the Compression Technology Services Branch of Ingersoll Rand through the manufacturing of Rotary, Centrifugal, and Thermo King air compressors and fabricating parts for its Trane businesses.

Like many companies across the nation, IR began its apprenticeship program to address the retirements of an aging workforce as well as a critical skills gap in the younger population.

“We have many employees, particularly in our maintenance department and machine shop, who will be retiring within the next ten years,” Kern said. “A lot of their knowledge is tribal knowledge based on what they have learned over time. Although we are documenting processes as fast as we can, there are so many different variances to processes and products that it is hard to get it all. We need them to be able to share their knowledge with new employees, but nationally, there aren’t many people going to school to be in maintenance, to be an electrician, a welder, a machinist, or to do a lot of these manufacturing trades.”

“Our goal is to find those students who don’t necessarily want to go to school to get a four-year degree. We want to find students interested in going to community college and who like to work with their hands, who like to take things apart and put them back together, who like to tinker with cars, who like to do these hands-on skilled trades and then give them a career path and find an opportunity for them.”

“We want to be ahead of that skills gap curve, and we want to help these students find a home but we also selfishly need employees who have this background, who have this skill set, and who have this knowledge. Maintenance employees are extremely important to the success of our company. According to the Machining Operations Manager, Stacy West, when a machine is down the company is losing $200 per hour.”

“Ingersoll Rand decided to make a big investment in students by paying them $14 an hour, which is significantly above minimum wage, to work 20 hours a week while attending classes at Davidson Community College to become a maintenance technician. We also pay for all of their tuition and all of their books. Our apprentices earn a degree, come out debt free, and have a full-time job opportunity waiting for them.”

Moore, a 2015 graduate of Davie High, was the perfect candidate for the apprenticeship program.

“I took a couple of welding classes my sophomore year and met Janet Barnes (career and technical education (CTE) facilitator at Davie High) who told me about the Ingersoll Rand apprenticeship program and pushed me to apply,” Moore said. “I had no idea what I wanted to do, but graduation was coming quickly, and I had to do something. I knew I definitely wanted to do something with my hands; I’ve always worked on cars with my dad and grandparents. The apprenticeship program sounded like an excellent program, and I liked the idea of coming out of school not owing anything and having a great job. Ingersoll Rand has always been here, so I knew it would be great place to work.”

His parents were enthusiastic about the opportunity and encouraged him to apply.

“They also liked the idea of not having to pay for college,” Moore said with a grin. “My dad started in maintenance and is now a plant manager at Alston Enclosures in Yadkinville, so they understood what a wonderful opportunity this could be for me.”

“I was worried about the school part at first, but it worked out well. If I had questions about what I was doing in school, I could come here, and the guys here would explain stuff to me and help me with my assignments.”

Moore graduated from high school in June and began the apprenticeship the first week of August. The program is designed to take around four years to complete because participants generally take a partial course load while working an average of 20 hours per week. A typical schedule would involve classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and work on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Once he got started, Moore opted to accelerate the program by going to school full-time while also working full-time. He completed the program in a little over 2 ½ years.

“I wanted to be able to put myself as far forward in life as I could. I will be able to buy a house instead of paying off college debt,” he said.

Kern is impressed by his efforts. “Craig is a real go-getter and took it upon himself to speed up the program, but we certainly don’t expect that,” she said. “When we talk to students, we promote the four-year plan, but because our maintenance department and machine shop operate on three shifts, we have the flexibility to work with students to find a schedule that best fits their needs.”

“A lot of high schoolers don’t want to do anything with their hands, they want a desk job and don’t want to get dirty, but I would definitely recommend Ingersoll Rand’s apprenticeship program if it is offered to them. It’s been a good thing for me personally,” Moore said. “I’m thankful for Mrs. Barnes’ support. Who knows where I’d be if she hadn’t put those papers in my hands and I hadn’t filled them out?”

Pleased with the program’s success so far, IR is expanding the program this fall to include three maintenance and three machining apprenticeships.

Applicants must be enrolled/plan to enroll in classes at DCCC in the summer or fall of 2018. To apply, visit Ingersoll Rand’s career website: www.ingersollrand.com/careers.


*Repost from Davie County Blog
Ingersoll Rand is expanding its operations with plans to create 25 jobs and invest nearly $30 million in the Mocksville plant by the end of 2019. The Mocksville plant sits on 130 acres in Davie County, employs around 400 full-time employees, and supports the Compression Technology Services Branch of Ingersoll Rand through the manufacturing of Rotary, Centrifugal, and Thermo King air compressors and fabricating parts for our Trane businesses.

The capital investment is the result of the plant’s endeavor to become Ingersoll Rand’s “showcase facility,” according to Ashley Kern, Senior Human Resources Generalist. “Becoming a showcase facility is a three-pronged approach: 1) Process Capability – which is why we are investing a significant amount of money into our equipment. 2) People Capability – we are also investing in our people so that the organization can grow and mature. 3) Appearance of the facility – this is as simple as new paint, better lighting, and the cleanliness of the plant.”

“In Region, For Region”
“Ingersoll Rand operates by an “in region, for region” strategy which means we build a product in the region in which we want to sell it,” Kern said. “As a result of the recent closing of an Ingersoll Rand plant in Oberhausen, Germany and the in-sourcing of the contact-cooled airend product to the Mocksville plant, the company has made twenty local hires and we aren’t finished yet!” Kern said.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
The facility also has openings for CNC Machinists, Precision Assemblers, Change Agent, Quality Engineer, Electrical Assembler, and Maintenance Manager.

“We offer highly competitive wages, and our health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, and 401K benefits begin on day one, which is rather rare,” Kern said. “Our 401K match is significantly better than the industry standard with a dollar for dollar match up to six percent, plus an additional two percent from the company.”

IR Investments Improving Lives at Work & in the Community
Aesthetically, Ingersoll Rand has committed capital to renovate bathrooms, the employee break room, paint the floors, and replace the ceiling lighting.

“We are buying oil scrubbers to clean the air of the machine shop so that it is a more comfortable work environment for our machinists,” she said. “There are a lot of good things happening to improve the environment and to make this plant a showcase facility for Ingersoll Rand.”

Ingersoll Rand is also expanding its focus on reinvesting in the community through donations, time, and supplies.

“Our leadership team is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and we are trying to participate more with Relay for Life and the Dragonfly House and other community organizations. We’ve also started donating food and supplies leftover from large events to Just HOPE.”

“We are making a significant, intentional attempt to give back to the community, and the employees are asking for it. They are driving us to action.”

“I believe there are a lot of big things on the horizon for this plant,” Kern said with a smile.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, appreciates the significant role Ingersoll Rand has played in the community for more than 50 years.

“Mocksville and Davie County are proud to host Ingersoll Rand, one of the leaders in the world in advanced manufacturing,” said Bralley. “For decades Ingersoll Rand has been the crown jewel of our community, providing jobs, and developing skills in the workforce for generations. This continued investment into their machining operation is great news for the future of this facility and our community. Their efforts in the community speak volumes about the commitment from the managers and workforce.”

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand is a diversified industrial manufacturer with market-leading brands serving customers in global commercial, industrial and residential markets.

The Mocksville plant opened in 1965 and began machining rotary components for air compressors. Since then, the Mocksville team has manufactured assemblies and components for many products within Ingersoll Rand’s product portfolio. The plant has experienced tremendous growth over the last several years as select assembly operations for Trane and Thermo King equipment were moved to the Mocksville plant.

To apply for a job at Ingersoll Rand visit: www.IngersollRand.com/Careers

*Reposted from The Davie County Blog

Ready for some tantalizingly tasty fresh produce? The Mocksville Farmer’s Market will open Wednesday, May 2nd, from 3 – 6 p.m. in the Junker’s Mill parking lot located at 107 S Salisbury St. in Mocksville.

The Mocksville Farmers Market is proud to provide a community market for consumers, farmers and artisans to buy and sell local fruits, vegetables, plants and handmade crafts. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers baked goods, jams, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, berries, eggs, flowers and more! Join them as they promote “Eat Fresh, Healthy and Local”.

“We are excited to have three new vendors this year who will be offering pork, beef, and flowers,” said Tami Langdon, community development coordinator. “Our original farmers have been hard at work this season due to the rain so let’s SUPPORT these wonderful folks with their veggies and fruits!”

This week’s market includes free blondie samples to celebrate Blondie Month. During the week of Mother’s Day, the market will raffle a bouquet of seasonal fresh flowers guaranteed to please any mom! There will be different samples and specials throughout the season.

The market will operate from Wednesday, May 2nd to Wednesday, October 24th. For more information, call (336) 753-6705 or email tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov.

Bermuda Run Farmers Market Every Friday – So Much More Than Produce
In addition to produce, the Bermuda Run Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. Each Thursday, the Peachtree Farmers Market posts an updated list of vendors attending the market that Friday.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Bermuda Run Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Davie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday & Friday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!
Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community. These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save Money at Davie County Farmers Markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy. Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community. The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere. This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value. In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County Farmers Markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce. One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe. The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened. Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck. This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated. This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice. Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

iShopDavie
Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community. The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere. This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets. Your family will thank you.

 

When David Tsui purchased the Squire Boone Plaza in Mocksville he promised to give it a new lease on life by bringing new retail stores to Davie County.

Fast forward two years, and the center is bustling with the grand opening of Tractor Supply Company last week in the former Food Lion. Furniture Mattress Warehouse opened in the old Walmart in March. Promise made. Promise delivered.

“We want to thank the community for the support we have gotten in the redevelopment of the shopping center and feel that this is a good example of how a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission should work,” said David Tsui, the shopping center’s owner.

In the spring of 2016, the shopping center, which Tsui renamed Eastgate, had only a few tenants and needed a facelift and repairs. He quickly went to work painting the exterior and replacing the roof.

New tenants quickly followed. The NC License Plate Agency reopened in the former Central Carolina Bank building and Mary Esparza, who was famous for her “taco trailer” opened El Taco next door. The Internet Cafe returned.

Fastenal, which sells industrial, safety, and construction supplies and offers services including inventory management, manufacturing, and tool repair, celebrated its grand opening, as well.

The Board Walk, which offers arcade games, opened on April 1st, 2016.

Peace of Mind Consignment, which sells clothes and accessories for the whole family as well as baby equipment, toys, furniture, and more, relocated to the shopping center in July of 2016.

Peebles, Davie Jewelers, Unique Hair Care, Glamourous Nails, China Grill, and Boost Mobile benefited from the additional traffic.

“We have experienced tremendous success with industrial growth,” said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County economy in general has rebounded, and we are pleased the rising tide has brought additional retail shops and small businesses to Davie County.”

Retail Space Still Available

A few spaces in the Eastgate Shopping Center are still available. For more information, contact Don Moss at don.moss@colliers.com or (704) 409-2372.

Reposted From: The Davie County Blog

 

Furniture Mattress Warehouse is coming to Davie County and will celebrate its grand opening in the Eastgate Shopping Center in Mocksville on Friday, March 9th.

The store, located next to Peebles, will feature 18,000 square feet of furniture including dining room sets, bedroom sets, leather and upholstered couches and chairs, mattresses, and more.

Brent Smith, who also owns a Furniture Mattress Warehouse in Clemmons, promises beautiful furniture at amazing prices. His inventory includes market samples, special buys, and furniture lines that have been available to him as a sales representative in the industry for the past 25 years.

“A lot of companies I’ve worked with over the years would rather sell to me than go to another retailer to sell their products,” Smith said. Those connections have allowed him to amass enough quality furniture to maintain inventories he estimates will vary by at least ninety percent between the two stores.

He anticipates the Mocksville store to have as many as 30 different queen-sized mattress sets on display as well as an enormous selection of dining room furniture much of which is solid wood.

Smith was born into the furniture business. His grandfather, Johnnie Smith, and parents, JT Smith Jr. and Martha Smith, owned a retail furniture store and re-upholstery shop in the Sheffield community of Davie County.

By age 12 he was pricing re-upholstery jobs for customers, and he made his first large solo retail sale at 13. “I still remember selling a sofa, chair, coffee table, two end tables, and two lamps for $750,” Smith said with a smile.

Smith went on to spend six years at Haverty’s in Charlotte and then seven at Serta selling mattresses before becoming a sales representative for several furniture manufacturers. In 2008, he began importing leather furniture on his own, which evolved into owning a small retail store in the old Hendricks Furniture building in Mocksville. After 3 ½ years in business, he closed that store in 2012 to open a larger store in Clemmons.

Now, although he is already “burning the candle at both ends” working full-time as a sales representative selling furniture and mattresses to retail stores across North and South Carolina and owning a retail store, Smith felt the time was right to open a second store in Mocksville.

“I had wanted to do a second store for a long time because I already had the inventory to do a second store,” Smith said. His previous experience in Mocksville and the fact that he lives in Advance made it a natural location for the new store.

He was pleased to find the perfect location in the Eastgate Shopping Center. “I thought this spot was part of Peebles,” he said. “When I went inside and saw the square footage, I was amazed, and the loading dock out back made it perfect.”

Since Smith already has a full-time job, the store will be managed by AJ Carter, who is also from Davie County.

Like his family’s store years ago, Furniture Mattress Warehouse is also a family enterprise. His daughter Rachel (19), started working at the Clemmons store on weekends when she was fifteen. Now that she is at East Carolina, Brooke (17), a student at Davie High, has taken her sister’s place. Smith’s wife, Gina, is a 5th-grade teacher at Shady Grove.

Furniture Mattress Warehouse is located 1069 Yadkinville Rd., Suite 101 and will be open Tuesday- Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

 

Reposted from the Davie County Blog

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce held its 48th Annual Awards Gala and Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 20th at WinMock in Bermuda Run. The evening began with a welcome reception of networking and mingling followed by a delicious dinner in the loft.  The Awards Gala is the Chamber’s opportunity to highlight achievements of the past year and to honor the recipients of their signature awards:  the Business of the Year Award and E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award.  The “Best of Davie” award winners were also announced with the top ten Davie businesses receiving awards.

This year’s event included an informative presentation by John Eller, County Manager for Davie who spoke about the key elements of the county’s strategic plan which is due to be released shortly.  Next, guest speaker Davie Moore, owner of Chick-Fil-A, shared their company story and talked about the importance of investing in employees through training and education.

“The Davie Chamber hosts the Annual Awards Gala to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor businesses and individuals who do so much to make our community a great place to live and work,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. “Once again, this year’s event was sold out, and we enjoyed a fantastic night of celebrating our Business of the Year and EC Tatum Award Winner as well as Best of Davie Winners.”

Graham Funeral Home, Inc. — Davie County 2017 Business of the Year
The 2017 Business of the Year award was presented to Dorothy Graham of Graham Funeral Home by her daughter, Dr. Regina Graham. Dorothy began a career in funeral service in 1957 and opened her own funeral home in May 1997 in Mocksville, becoming the first licensed female funeral director in Davie County.

Celebrating 20 years in business, Graham Funeral Home offers funeral service, cremations, limousine service, life insurance, notary service, and monuments. Joining Dorothy in operating the family business are her husband, Nelson Graham, daughters Angela Graham-Robinson and Dr. Regina Graham, sons-in-law, Elder Raymond Robinson and Raphael Hauser. Grandsons Ryan (12) and Joshua (7) will greet you at the entrance with a smile and welcome you to come inside.

Actively involved in the community, Graham Funeral Home sponsors the Dorothy Graham Scholarship, the annual Black History Program in Mocksville, and is a sponsor of the annual Memorial Day Program in Mocksville to honor Davie County Veterans.

Dorothy also has served on numerous boards and committees and through a number of civic organizations.

Michael Gunning — Recipient of the 2017 E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award!
The 2017 E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award was presented to Michael Gunning by Krystal Dumas, director of Just Hope, Inc. A tireless supporter of the homeless in Davie County, Michael has contributed both his time and money.  An original member of the Board of Directors for Just Hope, Inc., Michael has purchased single-wide mobile homes for homeless women and children in Davie County and recently provided a grocery cart full of turkeys so that families assisted by Just Hope could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

The Triad Senior Social Club he founded has donated thousands of dollars to Just Hope as well as contributed to Kids of Childhood Cancer in Kernersville, Unchained Winston in Winston Salem, Ruff Love in Jonestown, the Clemmons Food Bank, and many other organizations.

Despite battling a serious illness, Michael continues to dedicate his time and energy to help people in Davie County.

During her speech, Dumas said, “I admire him for his strength, the wisdom he shares, and the way he makes people feel like they matter.”

2017 Best of Davie Awards:
“Best of Davie Awards were designed to give our community a voice in who they believe are the best businesses in Davie County,” McManamy said. “This year we changed the format to cast a wider net, so to speak.  We eliminated categories so that any Davie County business was eligible to win a “Best of Davie” Award. All members of the community were invited to vote for their top three favorites, and more than 2000 online ballots were submitted.”

The 2017 Best of Davie awards were presented by Kyle & Elizabeth Swicegood of Century 21 & The Swicegood Group.

The top 10 businesses for 2017  

# 1: Restaurant 101

#2: Sarah Ashley Salon

#3: The Country Veterinary Hospital

#4: Snyder’s Cleaning Service

#5: Honor Darling

#6: Gemini Hair & Nail Fashions

#7: O’Callahan’s Publick House

#8: Ketchie Creek Bakery & Café

#9: The Factory Coffeehouse

#10:  Styled Gatherings

Honorable Mention: Southern Ties Boutique

Please join us in congratulating all the Award Winners and thanking them for all they do to make Davie County a great community for us all.

For over 48 years the Davie Chamber has served the business community throughout Davie County and the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Cooleemee.  With professional staff, dedicated volunteers and an involved Board of Directors, the Davie Chamber continues to promote the economic and civic interests and provide leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in Davie County.  For information about the Davie Chamber please contact chamber@daviecounty.com or call 336.751.3304.

All photos courtesy Kathy Miller of One Shot Photography

 

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We’re well on our way into the new year and if you are still keeping your New Year’s resolutions, congratulations!  If you’re like many of us, healthy lifestyle resolutions presented more of a challenge than you anticipated when you made those resolutions… and maybe we can help.

You’re invited to attend the Davie County Chamber of Commerce For Your Health Expo on March 13, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Davie Family YMCA.

There will be free health screenings, healthy lifestyle vendors, one-on-one counseling, free tastings and MUCH MORE!

For anyone interested in being a vendor, please download the 2018 For Your Health Expo Vendor Registration Form or contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or chamber@daviecounty.com.

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There is an old phrase that says, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” House of Raeford Farms in Mocksville is doing just that after the central portion of the chicken processing plant off Eaton Road was heavily damaged by a fire on December 14th.

While investigators and insurance adjusters have investigated the cause of the fire and determined the extent of the damage, House of Raeford has maintained its commitment to its 150 employees by continuing to pay their normal wage until further notice.

More Than 100 Local Families are Grateful for Company Support
House of Raeford, a family-owned company, made that same generous commitment to its employees last February when the Wallace, NC plant burned to the ground. Over about a two-and-a-half month period, employees were paid their regular wages until they could be relocated to the company’s Rose Hill, NC plant or decided to leave for other opportunities. The Wallace location is scheduled to reopen this summer.

“Bob Johnson, the CEO of House of Raeford, often says ‘ “the company and the buildings are just brick and mortar but what really makes this company are the people.”’ Nothing could be truer today, and we appreciate the patience of our employees as we work to provide some settlement to their unexpected situation,” said Dave Witter, manager of corporate sustainability and communications.

Such a commitment to employees is a rarity in the business world today, and the employees at the Mocksville location do not take it for granted.

“I genuinely appreciate the effort House of Raeford is making to show its employees that they are valued members of a team by continuing to pay all of our salaries even while the plant is not operational,” said Angela Delk, quality supervisor. “I know for a fact that some of the bigger companies would have sent people home with nothing but a shallow promise to rehire once the plant is reopened. I think this is one of the benefits of working for a family-owned business and I am very grateful.”

“House of Raeford has been amazing in paying us while the plant is down,” said Roxana Norris, team lead.

Latia Melton, a machine operator, agreed, saying “House of Raeford has been amazing to us and has shown how much they care for us. We are a family here at the chicken plant.”

Micah Harris, a machine operator, added, “House of Raeford is what a work family is about.”

“You hate for something tragic to happen in order for everyone to realize what a great company you work for, but it’s times like these that show you how a company really feels about you and that you are important,” said Bobbi Krieger, human resources manager. “I think all of our employees understand that they are very valued.”

House of Raeford Uses Down Time to Provide Workforce Training
The company’s mission, “To do the right thing in all things that we do” is also evident in its effort to offer employees multiple opportunities to expand their skills and improve their lives while the plant is rebuilt. According to Bobbi Krieger, human resources manager, employees have many options available.

Travis Hoeben, the plant’s chaplain, will be teaching Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to interested employees. Employed by House of Raeford through a partnership with the Corporate Chaplains of America program, he also assists employees with personal, work-related, family, or financial issues and can be called anytime, day or night, in a crisis.

Lisa Kraft, a representative of The College of Davidson and Davie Counties, attended an employee meeting to share information about GED and ESL classes, Career Readiness Certification, and continuing education and college classes.

Jill Hidalji, Wellbeing Muse Advisory Career & Wellbeing Coach, will be conducting training for team leaders.

The company will also be conducting in-house training and team building exercises.

Additionally, Krieger reached out to the Winston Salem chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) for added support. They put her in touch with Holly McDaniel of The Resource, which is assisting employees who are interested in temporary jobs while the plant is closed, and Goodwill Industries which will be offering outplacement services.

“In addition to wages, we have provided the resources and training opportunities, and it will be up to our employees to take advantage of them,” said Krieger, adding that sign-ups have been good.

“House of Raeford a Shining Example of Humanity”
Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development, has been impressed with the steps House of Raeford has taken to care for its employees and appreciates its presence in Davie County.

“I think House of Raeford stands as a shining example of humanity, with a reputable character for a company and employer – the kind of right stuff this community is made of and delivers on,” he said.

“Our employees are our family, and we don’t want to let our family down,” said Marty Gautreau, general manager. “We want to take care of our folks as if they were part of our family. We have to continue to rebuild the operation. We don’t have an exact timeline, but we are going to be back in business and processing chicken hopefully in the very near future.”

The plant has begun demolition of the damaged portion and will reopen as quickly as possible.

“I have worked for House of Raeford for many years and in many different plants. This company means a lot to me and I believe in us,” said Stephen Mixon, operations manager. “I truly have been blessed to be a part of their management team all these years. We are going to rebuild and build stronger.”

Krieger added, “Once you weather something like this together, you become a very tight group. It’s going to be good when we reopen.”

About House of Raeford Farms
House of Raeford Farms, Inc. is one of the nation’s top ten largest chicken processors, providing ready-to-cook and further processed chicken products to the foodservice, retail, and export markets. The company is family-owned and operated and based out of Rose Hill, North Carolina with additional facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. House of Raeford Farms FLOCK is the company’s non-profit arm that aims to help people in the communities in which House of Raeford operates through youth development, hunger relief, and other programs. Last year FLOCK donated over $1.1 million and approximately 212,000 pounds of chicken to people in need across the Southeastern United States. Visit HouseofRaeford.com for more information.