For Immediate Release

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (July 27, 2018) – Work in Burke, a partnership between Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College, now has 13 companies signed on as Partners. The Partner program asks companies to commit to taking an active and engaged role in educating young people and their parents about the job and training opportunities available in Burke County.

The partners are Chaddock, Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge, Ekornes, Leviton, Lexington Home Brands, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc., Meritor, Molded Fiber Glass North Carolina, Seiren North America, Shenandoah, Siegwerk and Toner Machining Technologies.

The initiative was launched in November 2017. By June 2018 over 400 high school seniors were surveyed about local job opportunities and over 62% said they had heard about Work in Burke. Work in Burke Partners are listed on the Work in Burke website, are featured in videos and other promotional content and are given Work in Burke materials to display at their facility.

By being a Partner companies have the opportunity to interact with students and parents while sharing information with the community about what they do and the jobs they offer. They specifically are encouraged to participate in activities hosted by Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College such as internships, job shadowing, tours, career fairs and job fairs.

Leaders at BDI, BCPS and WPCC recognize that interaction with students, parents and the community can require valuable time from companies. Their hope is that a little time spent now will be a big investment in their future workforce.

“Industry wants youth to know that manufacturing has changed into a highly technical and modernized environment,” said Debbie Sigmon, Human Resources Manager at Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc. “Great careers and quality of life are available in Burke County.”

Work in Burke was featured in the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) annual report to the NC General Assembly and was recently highlighted at the NC Works Commission meeting in Hickory. To become a Work in Burke Partner contact Sara Chester at 828.764.9374 or visit www.workinburke.com.

 

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

 

Posted July 2, 2018

HILDEBRAN, N.C. – DeFeet International, manufacturers of performance socks and accessories for the cycling, run and outdoor markets, announced the introduction of a new from-the-ground-up sock: The EVO®.

The lightest production sock ever made by DeFeet, EVO® ushers in a new paradigm in high-performance cycling socks.

Developed over a two-year period with extensive input from the world’s No. 1 ranked professional cycling squad, Team Quick-Step, the EVO® lineup has three all new silhouettes.

EVO® Ventoux

Named for one of the most famous grueling and legendary climbs in the Tour de France, this model has 360-degree honeycomb venting. DeFeet chose a special yarn called Sapona for its silky feel and amazing cooling properties.

The EVO® Classic

Also made from Sapona, the Classic model has a true rib knit that gives it the purest 1960s cycling appeal. This is for riders who desire the traditional look while getting the most advanced fit and feel available.

The EVO® Carbon

As its name implies, this model is made from yarn derived from carbon fiber. Light and strong, the Carbon has yet another new knit that gives legs the distinctive look of being wrapped in carbon fiber.

All EVO® models have compression properties to their feel that Team Quick-Step riders found very favorable. DeFeet implemented what the team unanimously voted as the most comfortable sock for extreme challenges like the Tour de France and Paris – Roubaix.

“The feedback we received from Team Quick-Step over the last two years was invaluable in the creation of the EVO,” said Shane Cooper, DeFeet founder and chief sockologist. “We collaborated with the Quick-Step team every step of the way from the drawing board, to the knitting lab, and through the actual road testing. The collaboration was invaluable and allowed us to create another unique sock for the cycling professional, as well as the recreational cyclist.

To celebrate the launch of our new EVO line, DeFeet created a one-of-a-kind sock it calls the EVO® Spider Silk. Unlike any sock ever made, it is the first sock ever knit completely from the silk of the rare Giant Golden Orb Spiders of Madagascar. In fact, this sock will be only the fourth product ever known to be made from the material.

The other items include a pair of gloves for Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife and a one-of-a-kind bed linen. Cooper will award the first of the EVO® Spider Silk socks to Team Quick-Step on the eve of the start of the Tour de France this month.

“This Golden Sock will be awarded to Quick-Step management and presented on a hand-blown crystal foot form in its own Pelican Case on the eve of the 2018 Tour de France,” said Cooper. “This is a $5000 pair of socks.  And, yes, you can buy a pair.”

The most intriguing part of the EVO project? The innovation possibilities for spider silk.

“Spider silk is actually a protein that can benefit humanity in many ways, if we can learn to synthesize it,” Cooper said. “Some labs have made progress with this, and I believe we will move beyond oil-based fibers. Nature will lead the way, if we can copy her code. DeFeet is on that trail.”

Cooper added: “Imagine fiber that is 5 times stronger than steel, lightweight as a feather and can be made using methods that create far less pollution than anything that currently exists.”

Source: DeFeet International

For Immediate Release

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (July 13, 2018) – During the June Board of Directors meeting, the BDI action plan and strategies were reviewed. Feedback was given from the Board to evaluate areas of strength as well as areas needing attention as plans are developed for the upcoming year. Alan Wood stated it had been a very successful year for the organization and sited accomplishments which included the following projects:

  • Continental facility expanded and will add a new product line that will result in the creation of 160 new jobs and a $40M investment in equipment and facility upgrades. The state supported the project with a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG).
  • 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. The company received a $500,000 Building Reuse Grant to renovate and up-fit the building for their needs.
  • 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 and a minimum of $8M investment to Burke County.
  • The City of Morganton was 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Total jobs announced: 623
  • Total Projected Capital Investment: $102.9M

In June, Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development Inc. was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Economic Development Association.  NCEDA is the state’s leading membership organization for economic development practitioners and their public and private partners and allies. Earlier in the year, he was awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skill in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth.

Burke Development, Inc. began its Thrive’22 Campaign in November and has exceeded the $1M goal in commitments from partners. The five-year, private sector campaign will support BDI’s program of work and goals to grow the economy and create a bright economic future for Burke County. The increase in BDI’s budget, which is primarily funded by the public sector, will support the creation of over 1,520 new jobs (1,000 direct and 520 indirect) and over $90M in new capital investment over the next five years.

Burke County received a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist with the assessment and cleanup of Brownfield sites. “These funds will help us redevelop vacant and unused properties, which is a key piece of BDI’s plan of work,” said President and CEO Alan Wood. “This is another important step toward having more marketable industrial sites in our community, which is vital if we’re going to retain existing companies that want to grow or attract new businesses to our community.”

BDI officially launched its workforce development initiative, “Work in Burke”, in November 2017. The program, which is run in partnership with local business and industry, Western Piedmont Community College, Burke County Public Schools, Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board and others, educates young people and their parents about the jobs available in Burke County, as well as the training and education opportunities available. It encourages individuals to make informed decisions about their post-high school plans and emphasizes the importance of postsecondary education, lifelong learning and gaining a diverse range of marketable skills. BDI was awarded three different grants to assist with Work in Burke – a $75,000 grant from the newly created “Maximize Carolina” program, a $24,500 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a $180,000 allocation from the North Carolina General Assembly.  BDI was recently notified that they have been awarded a second Maximize Carolina grant to expand Work in Burke and carry it into its next phase of work.

In addition to this work, BDI also held a Housing Summit in August to facilitate conversation around the need for housing in Burke County. From that event a leadership team emerged that has continued meeting and contracted with a consultant to conduct a Preliminary Housing Assessment, which was funded by the Burke County Board of Realtors.

As the Board and staff of BDI prepare for the 2018-2019 year, much of their plan of work will remain the same. There will be a slightly larger focus on product development as there is currently a lack of available and marketable properties, which are necessary if the County is to remain competitive.

Alan Wood stated, “While it has been a great year with many positive accomplishments, we cannot become complacent.   Our focus will shift to product development with emphasis on identifying areas of potential growth and assessing upgrades to marketable sites. We must continue to develop partnerships to address the challenges to our current workforce needs and to develop a pipeline of skilled workers for the future.

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, N.C. (July 06, 2018) The North Carolina Economic Development Association has elected new leaders for 2018-19, and Alan Wood, president and CEO of Burke Development Inc., will serve a three-year term on the group’s board of directors. NCEDA is the state’s leading membership organization for economic development practitioners and their public and private partners and allies. Its members elected Wood by unanimous vote at their annual meeting in Wrightsville Beach in June.

Wood has led Burke Development Inc. since 2015. The public-private partnership promotes economic growth, innovation and sustainability in Burke County. From 2009 until 2015, he was director of the Stokes County Economic Development Commission and prior to that served as senior development manager at the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. While there, he helped recruit the Google Data Center, among other companies. Wood holds a CEcD designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where he received a BS in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Wood and his wife, Kelly, live in Morganton.

“Alan brings an enviable track record of success in rural economic development that all our members can learn from,” said Steve Yost, NCEDA’s immediate past president. “His experience and energy will add a great deal to the organization’s leadership ranks.”

Founded in 1966, NCEDA is composed of professional economic developers at the state, regional and local levels, as well as their public and private partners and allies. With nearly 600 active members, Raleigh-based NCEDA helps promote North Carolina and its communities as a global destination for businesses, jobs and economic investment and support the growth of the state’s existing businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.  The 501(c)(6) organization provides professional education, legislative advocacy, networking opportunities, news and information, and other services.

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 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