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SRD Collaborates with MCC on Advanced Manufacturing Day Open House
As part of Advanced Manufacturing Day activities in Iredell County, Mitchell Community College held an Advanced Manufacturing Open House on Tues., April 14 at their Workforce Development Center. The event included information sessions and facility tours in manufacturing fields such as Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Systems (AIMS)/Electrical Technology, CAD/Drafting, Electronics, HVAC/Welding and Machining.
“This is an excellent example of the whole of Iredell County coming together to celebrate and recognize the importance of advanced manufacturing to the current and future economy of our area,” said Carol Johnson, Vice President for Continuing Education at Mitchell, “This event has been a collaboration between the College, Mooresville/South Iredell Economic Development, Statesville Regional Development, Iredell Statesville Schools and the Mooresville Graded School District.”
Local industry representatives were present to discuss careers in the Iredell County area. Scott Mishler of Niagara Bottling (Mooresville) noted that the training at Mitchell prepares students for competitive industry standards. “The value you’ll get out of these classes is substantial. This equipment is exactly what you’ll see in the field, just on a smaller scale.”
Advanced Manufacturing Day began as an initiative to raise awareness of manufacturing careers in North Carolina. Local high schools have taken the opportunity to educate students on future career options. “Our students become more aware of the jobs that are out there and the skills that are needed,” said Teresa Hays, principal at North Iredell High School, “Mitchell gives our students more local and economical choices while maintaining high-tech instruction.”
Business And Community Leaders Welcome GMS Racing To The Statesville Region
A group of more than 30 business and community leaders turned out this morning to welcome GMS Racing to the Statesville Region. Before the 2015 season, GMS Racing relocated to a 150,000 plus square-foot, three building complex near the Statesville Regional Airport. The race shop is home to GMS Racing’s No. 23 and No. 33 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) teams and their No. 23 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) program.
GMS Racing's relocation from Charlotte to Statesville further contributes to the region's growing motorsports sector and will provide 40 high-quality jobs for area residents. The anticipated capital investment in the Statesville facility in in excess of $5 million.
“Our new location in Statesville, N.C. is an incredible asset to all facets of GMS Racing” Team Manager Nic Moncher said. “The area is developing into a hotbed for motorsports organizations, and as a growing team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, we intend to work hand in hand with the community of Statesville. Upgrading to this quality of a facility and location only helps to further our team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series.”
A schedule comprised of 23 NCWTS and 20 ARCA events presents many logistical challenges with equipment and personnel traveling all over the country. The Statesville headquarters offers GMS Racing convenient proximity to the Statesville Regional Airport, which meets most of those challenges. GMS Racing utilizes the airport on a week to week basis for travel to and from race events via Champion Air, allowing for efficient and organized travel.
“Not only is the infrastructure of our building an upgrade, but GMS Racing’s proximity to Statesville Regional Airport is a benefit to all of our employees” Moncher said. “The convenience of having our travel hub at our door step allows our race teams to be more efficient during the week and more prepared for race weekends. We are looking forward to realizing the fruits of our relocation through the 2015 season and beyond.”
For more information on GMS Racing, visit GMSRacing.net. For up to date content of race events, follow GMS Racing LLC on Facebook and follow @GMSRacingLLC on Twitter.
Chinese Furniture Manufacturer Invests In Statesville Facility
Statesville, NC – December 16, 2014. For the second time in less than a week, the Statesville Region is welcoming significant investment from a foreign-owned manufacturer. Homestar North America, a subsidiary of Fujian, China-based ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture company Homestar Light Industrial CO., LTD., has acquired the assets of Talon Systems and is establishing its North American headquarters and primary manufacturing facility in the former Talon Systems building at 607 Meacham Road. The company is investing $7 million and will create 120 new jobs.
Toronto-based Talon Systems established its Statesville plant in 2010 to produce RTA storage systems for the U.S. market. Homestar acquired and merged with Talon in 2013 and relocated the headquarters operation and primary manufacturing from Canada to Statesville, increasing employment at the 310,000 square foot facility from 40 to 160 by the end of 2015.
“Talon was a great win for the Statesville Region in 2010,” said Michael Smith, Executive Director of Statesville Regional Development, “but we are even more excited about what Homestar brings to the region. In addition to the manufacturing jobs, the headquarters operation will bring high-paying sales, marketing, engineering, management and design positions that pay, on average, $50,000 per year.”
Homestar is a global leader in RTA furniture, storage solutions, and electric fireplaces. Their products are sold through retailers under well-known brand names such as Black and Decker, IKEA and Akada Home.