For Immediate Release

Burke Development, Inc. Welcomes New Office Manager

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (April 4, 2018) – Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc. announces the hiring of Peggy Byrd as Office Manager. Byrd brings eight years of experience in various roles related to economic development. She previously served as the Business Services Rep for the Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board and as Program Coordinator for Western Piedmont Community College.

Byrd started at BDI March 5, 2018. In addition to managing the office she handles finances, board management and communications. She worked most previously at Kleen Tech in Hildebran as the Executive Assistant. She previously worked at Burke Development from 2013 to 2015 as the RENEW Grant Manager.

“We’re thrilled to have Peggy join our team,” said Alan Wood, President and CEO. “She brings a great energy to our office and she is the perfect fit to help round out our staff as roles have shifted for others.

Hope Hopkins, who previously handled many of the office duties, has moved into a new role as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion. She handles all existing industry and also assists Wood in recruitment efforts. Sara Chester, who previously handled communications duties, is now spending a majority of her time on Work in Burke, an initiative to educate students and parents about the careers available in Burke County.

Byrd began her career with Phillip Morris Tobacco and worked for 20 years in sales and counseling before serving at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments for five years.

“It’s an honor to be back at Burke Development,” said Byrd. “The organization does a lot of work that is very important and beneficial to the community and I’m very excited to be a part of that.”

Byrd lives in Hickory with her husband Paul Byrd and her dog Max.

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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Contact:

Alan Wood

828.764.9372

For Immediate Release

Burke County Welcomes New Company ZRODELTA

Manufacturer of Firearm Products to Locate in Rutherford College

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (January 22, 2018) – ZRODELTA will open a company headquarters in Rutherford College creating 151 jobs and investing $34M over the next five years. Ammunition and firearms will be manufactured and distributed from the 120,000-sq. ft. facility.

“This is wonderful news for Burke County,” said Jeff Brittain, Chair of the Burke County Commissioners. “We have had several big announcements lately and it is nice to know that the secret is out about Burke County.”

ZRODELTA is best known for its true return-to-zero DLOC optical mounts, bipod and tripod shooting interfaces, and OEM supply chain services. It will co-locate in the building along with Modern Munitions Group, which manufactures specialized, work-class ammunition, and Critical Resources, which is the contractual and distribution arm of Modern Munitions and ZRODELTA.

“The decision to come to Burke County was an easy one,” said partner and former Green Beret Pat Harrigan. “With excellent infrastructure, a highly skilled workforce, and geographical disposition just outside of Charlotte, Burke County and Rutherford College provide the right fit for our companies to see continued success as we grow.” Harrigan credits the State of North Carolina, Burke County, and Rutherford College leadership for making the transition seamless. “From the Governor’s office down to the Town Manager of Rutherford College, with Burke Development Inc. in between, everyone went out of their way to facilitate our relocation, make us feel welcome, and set the conditions for our success. We are excited to begin operations in Rutherford College and Burke County.”

The company will locate in the former BSN building adjacent to I-40 at exit 113 and will begin establishing its operations in February. While ZRODELTA will continue to manufacture optical mounts and other accessories at its Lubbock, TX facility, the company will be manufacturing its new Genesis pistol, released today prior to the annual SHOT show in Las Vegas, in Rutherford College.

“We definitely want to welcome ZRODELTA to Burke County and Rutherford College. This will be a boost to our economy,” said Gary McClure, Mayor of Rutherford College. “We look forward to having them in our community and working with them to make sure they are successful.”

It was announced on December 14 that the company will receive a $500,000 Building Reuse Grant to renovate and up-fit the building for their needs. The Building Reuse program provides grants to local government units to support economic development activity that leads to the creation of new, full-time jobs and gives priority to projects located in the 80 most distressed counties in the state. This project is also supported by local grants from Burke County and the Town of Rutherford College that will provide additional assistance to the renovations of the building and grounds.

“This was an exciting and multifaceted project that ties directly into our manufacturing history and strong presence of metalworking,” said Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc. “We are glad to have them and look forward to supporting their continued growth.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Burke County, the Town of Rutherford College, Duke Energy and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project.

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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Greenworks Tools Announces 187 New Jobs

Outdoor Power Tool Company to Invest $10M in Distribution Facility

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (December 21, 2017) – Sunrise Global Marketing LLC, manufacturers of Greenworks Tools, the leader in battery-powered outdoor power tools for DIY-consumers and landscaping professionals, will locate a distribution facility and bring 187 new jobs to Burke County. The company will locate in the former HHG building on Causby Road with a $10M investment in equipment and the 510,000-sq. ft. facility.

The company distributes Greenworks-branded and private label products, as well as products for an extensive network of Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company, which relocated their North American headquarters in 2016 to a 40,000-sq. ft. office in Mooresville, NC, is growing as the market share for battery powered outdoor power equipment grows.

“This is a big win for Burke County,” said Jeff Brittain, Chairman of the Burke County Board of Commissioners. “The company looked at locations in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia so this was a very competitive project. We’re excited to welcome them to our community.”

The project was supported by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Burke County, and the City of Morganton.

“All Greenworks product coming into the U.S. will come through this distribution center,” said Ronnie Thompson, Mayor of Morganton. “Landing this project highlights our excellent location, which provides good access to markets all throughout the Southeast.”

Greenworks Tools will receive a Job Development Investment Grant from the state, which requires their average annual wage to be $33,010. Consideration of local incentives will be on the agendas for both the City of Morganton and Burke County in January.

“This project moved rapidly as the HHG building was on the market for less than 90 days,” said BDI President and CEO Alan Wood. “We appreciate Greenworks choosing our community and contributing to the continued diversity we see in the economy of Burke County. We’re happy to have the products that this company distributes being brought to Burke County.”

Products made by Greenworks Tools are sold online through Amazon and in major retail outlets including Walmart, Lowe’s, Target, Tractor Supply and several others. They will bring products manufactured in China through the facility before shipping them across the U.S. and also perform some assembly and packaging at the facility. They plan to be in operation by the end of January. Those interested in open positions can search on Indeed, visit the Greenworks career page, https://www.indeedjobs.com/greenworks-tools?hl=en_US, and should look for information about a job fair in January.

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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For Immediate Release

 A Caring Alternative to Expand at One North Square

$230,000 Building Reuse Grant Will Support Renovations

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (December 19, 2017) – The City of Morganton has been awarded a $230,000 building reuse grant to support the renovation of One North Square. A Caring Alternative, a comprehensive care agency providing behavioral health and substance use disorder services, will expand in the 24,170-sq. ft. building and add 23 jobs.

A Caring Alternative provides individualized whole person care, increases access to care, and improves health outcomes for individuals in Burke County who are uninsured or underinsured and/or who have complex medical and behavioral health conditions. Jobs to be created at the facility include a program manager, property manager, psychiatrist, an IT specialist, billing specialist, therapist and peer support employees. The company currently has 29 part-time and 132 full-time employees.

A Caring Alternative will use the One North Square building to provide a one-stop access point to primary care, behavioral healthcare, and many other community services. In order to use the building, which was constructed in 1974, for mental health and medical space the HVAC, windows and lighting needed to be modified and updated.

The Building Reuse program provides grants to local government units to support economic development activity that leads to the creation of new, full-time jobs and gives priority to projects located in the 80 most distressed counties in the state. This project falls in the Building Reuse Program’s Rural Health category, which requires new construction, renovation, or expansion of a health care facility with a NC licensure.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project.

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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For Immediate Release

 VEKA to Locate in Burke County

German Company Will Bring 102 New Jobs to Morganton

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (December 6, 2017) – VEKA, a global leader in the vinyl extrusion industry, will locate a new facility in Burke County. Over the next four years the company will create 102 jobs and invest $18M. This is the fourth facility in the United States for the family-owned, German company.

“North Carolina was a perfect location choice for us,” said Joe Peilert, VEKA’s North American President. “The City of Morganton has welcomed us with open arms, we are excited to join this great community as a new neighbor.”

VEKA, Inc. is one of North America’s most respected suppliers of vinyl window and door profiles. They will receive a $500,000 performance-based grant from the One N.C. Fund, which provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Burke County and the City of Morganton have approved local incentives matching 50% of the new taxable investment for seven years.

“We’re happy to support this project,” said Chairman of the Burke County Board of Commissioners Jeff Brittain. “This is the eleventh foreign flagged company in the county and it speaks volumes about our workforce and infrastructure that we continue to see international companies, that consider locations all across the U.S., select Burke County for a new operation.”

“We’re thrilled to see this announcement of jobs and new investment,” said Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson. “For the City it is also a win to get a company back in that facility that will offset the loss of Caterpillar in terms of utility usage.”

Caterpillar announced they would close their 160,000-square foot facility on Ceramic Tile Drive in April 2016. Since then the company has wound down its operations and VEKA, Inc. has plans to occupy the facility and begin operations in early 2018.

“I’m excited to have a quality company reusing this now vacant structure,” said Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc. “This addition will assist our efforts to grow and diversify our manufacturing base.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Burke County, the City of Morganton, and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project.

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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Contact:

Alan Wood

828.764.1818

For Immediate Release

 BDI Holds Kickoff for Thrive’22 Campaign

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (November 29, 2017) – Burke Development, Inc. held a kickoff event on November 28 at the Morganton Community House for its Thrive’22 Campaign. BDI staff and campaign leaders were happy to announce they have already raised nearly 80 percent of the campaign goal of $1 million dollars.

The five-year, private sector campaign will support BDI’s program of work and goal to grow the economy and create a bright economic future for Burke County. Thrive’22 is co-led by Campaign Chairs Kathy Bailey, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, and Chris Rice, President of Kellex Seating.

“BDI’s Thrive’22 campaign will support programs that are crucial to current and potential new employers,” said Kathy Bailey. “In this competitive environment for growth, our county and the Foothills Region will succeed if we work together, as friends and neighbors, in this public/private collaboration.”

Thirty-seven companies and individuals have contributed to the campaign for a total of $782,500. The increase in BDI’s budget, which is primarily funded by public sector, will support the creation of over 1,520 direct and indirect new jobs and over $90M in new capital investment. It will allow for increased efforts for business retention and expansion, workforce development, business development and marketing, product development and investor relations and development.

“My thanks to everyone who attended the event and the partners who have committed funds at this point in time,” said BDI President and CEO Alan Wood. “We look forward to increasing the number and working with other people and businesses in the community to reach our goal.”

Alan Wood has served as President and CEO of BDI since March of 2015 and since that time the organization has announced 11 new or expanded industries for a total of 699 new jobs and over $82M in new capital investment.

Visit www.burkedevinc.com/thrive22 for more information.

About BDI:

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. Learn more about BDI: www.BurkeDevInc.com.

Contact:

Alan Wood

828-764-9372

Office Manager

Burke Development Inc. is the economic development agency charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County.  The Office Manager will perform a variety of routine and complex administrative duties ensuring the office has the best working environment and professional setting.  Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing organizational support services
  • Financial management
  • Assist with various marketing and communication efforts and initiatives

Qualifications are:

  • Two-year degree in business or related field, and/or two to five years’ experience in office management or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in QuickBooks Pro & Microsoft Office

Please send resumes to hope@burkedevinc.com

BDI will host a Housing Summit on Aug. 30 from 10:00am to 2:00pm to discuss the need for more housing in Burke County. The organization invites realtors, contractors, builders, lenders, banks, developers, appraisers and elected officials to join them for this engaging conversation. For more information or to inquire about attending please contact Sara Chester at 828-764-9374.

Read more about this issue in this article and this article from the Morganton News Herald.

          For Immediate Release

 VanNoppen Marketing Retained as Creative Partner for Workforce Initiative

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (June 21, 2017) – VanNoppen Marketing, LLC has been retained by Burke Development, Inc. as the creative partner for Phase II of a countywide workforce initiative in Burke County. The initial focus of this effort will be the creation of a new website and content to raise the awareness concerning career opportunities that are available in the community and the training needed to qualify for these positions.

VanNoppen was selected because of their familiarity with the community, their proven ability to create collaborative Web- and Internet-marketing campaigns and their ability to work closely with the many partners involved in the project. The primary partners include several local employers: Leviton, Valdese Weavers, Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge, Continental Corporation, E. J. Victor and Kellex along with Western Piedmont Community College, Burke County Schools, Burke Development, Inc., Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board and others.

The work on Phase II will begin with the creation of a new website, the development of a social media campaign, and video content about ten of the county’s largest employers focusing on their unique qualities and on jobs that are available within these industries.

This will start to respond to the issues that were uncovered in Phase I of the project, which indicated that there are many jobs going unfilled at the current time and citizens are unaware of the opportunities that exist. This is occurring in spite of Western Piedmont Community College increasing the number of training programs and offerings in the community. The plan calls for a long-term focus on this issue, for a period of five years or more, with the initial target being middle and high school students and their parents.

About VanNoppen Marketing:

VanNoppen Marketing, LLC (VNM) was founded in Morganton NC in 2001 as a marketing partner and consultant to businesses seeking to elevate marketing-, brand awareness-, and public relations-related endeavors. In the course of 15 successful years VNM has evolved from a single operator into an established, award-winning, full-service strategic marketing practice offering a deep spectrum of services to businesses, governments and professionals across the United States. These services include, but are not limited to: Branding; Graphic Design; robust Internet-based Marketing (website design and development, social media management; eBlasts; news syndication); Public Relations; Media Relations; Advertising; Strategic Marketing Development; Community Integration, and more.

About BDI:

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. Learn more about BDI: www.BurkeDevInc.com.

Contact:

Alan Wood

828-764-9372