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Highland Industries Selects Statesville Region for New U.S. Manufacturing Facility
Statesville, NC – May 22, 2014 – Highland Industries, part of the global Takata family of companies, today announced its newest U.S. manufacturing facility will be located in Statesville, North Carolina. Highland specializes in the conception, design and delivery of high-performance textiles for the automotive, industrial and aerospace sectors. The company will be moving into the recently completed 62,878 square foot Shell Building II at the Statesville Business Park with plans to invest $6 million and create 40 jobs over the next three years. “This announcement is a testament to the vitality of the Statesville economy and our desirability to advanced manufacturing companies, as well as an example of the City's commitment to partnerships which promote economic growth,” said Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh. “That Highland Industries would locate to our speculative shell building almost before it was finished demonstrates that the local economy is definitely on the right track.”
Construction on Shell Building II began in September of 2013. Situated on a 16 acre parcel at the Statesville Business Park, the building is a public-private partnership between The Keith Corporation, the City of Statesville, Iredell County, Statesville Regional Development and an existing business park tenant.
Steve Johnson, Chairman of the Iredell County Commissioners, noted that the initial investment the county made in infrastructure for the Shell Building II project has shown a quick return. “I am pleased that Highland Industries has chosen to make Iredell County home for its newest manufacturing facility, and happy that the assistance Iredell County provided on the site prep costs for the shell building has already yielded a dividend in the form of 40 new, high-paying advanced manufacturing jobs.”
Highland began in 1940 as Burlington Industrial Fabrics Company (BIFCO). In 1988, the Takata Corporation acquired the company from Burlington and reorganized it as Highland Industries. Statesville will be Highland’s third U.S. manufacturing location, with facilities also located in Kernersville, North Carolina and Cheraw, South Carolina. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Kernersville.
SRD Executive Director Michael Smith notes that with the completion of Shell Building II and its acquisition by Highland, the Statesville Business Park is nearly built out. “We have just a 40 acre parcel remaining at that park, but are looking forward to the opening of the new 134 acre business park which the city just purchased and re-zoned.”
Statesville Regional Development wants to thank all of our partners in this announcement; The Keith Corporation, the City of Statesville, Iredell County, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the One North Carolina Fund, the Greater Statesville Area Committee of 100, Mitchell Community College and ElectriCities.
SRD Honored For Contributions To Community Schools
Statesville Regional Development was presented with the Community Schools Award at the April 14th meeting of the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education. The award is given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their significant contributions which benefit the students of Iredell-Statesville Schools and in appreciation of their leadership role in support of public education. SRD was honored for its lead role in the Teaching For Jobs initiative, which helps teachers, counselors, students and parents identify and explore emerging opportunities in advanced manufacturing and logistics. Most recently, as part of this initiative SRD’s John Marek visited Statesville Middle School with his “Made In Statesville” presentation. Previous activities have included advanced manufacturing plant tours for teachers and counselors, and sponsorship of the 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge.
For more information on the Teaching For Jobs initiative, please visit: www.teachingforjobs.org.
Harvey Holdings Companies Expand into Statesville HKS Operations Center
The Harvey Holding Incorporated (HHI) family of companies proudly announces an exciting new company expansion. The premier local freight and transportation service provider is leasing the former Trim Systems (CVG) building at 2227 Salisbury Highway in Statesville which will be called the HKS Operations Center.
The HKS Operations Center at 117,000 square feet of warehouse space and 6,000 feet of new office space, will offer an expansive new venue for our warehouse customers, as well as a central office complex which, in the future, will house the majority of operations staff. This more than doubles the company’s available warehouse space allowing customers to enjoy the best of one stop shopping with our combined logistics companies that handle Full Truck Load, Less Than Truckload and International Air and Ocean Shipping.
The HKS Operations Center is named in honor of the owners of the HHI companies Jeff Harvey, Gene Kaiser and Teresa Summers. A contest was held among the HHI employees, and this name was selected from over forty entries.
This new expansion will initially bring 10-15 new positions for Iredell County. The future of this facility could include cold storage for refrigerated freight as well as rail car access for loading and unloading.
The Harvey Holdings Companies look forward to the growth and expansion opportunity as well as showcasing Statesville and Iredell County as a preeminent provider of transportation and logistics for not only North Carolina, but the world at large.