A Center of Attention
From local charm to metropolitan cities, smart business advantage to laid-back living, the Statesville Region puts you in the center of it all. Located along I-77 and I-40, our region offers central access to all points on the East Coast and west to California. We're 15 minutes from scenic Lake Norman and just 45 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and the famed Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a region that welcomes families, business and success. Center yourself in a place where picture meets absolutely perfect.
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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.
City of Statesville Authorizes Purchase of 134 Acres for New Business Park
At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Statesville City Council authorized the purchase of 134 acres of land in northeast Statesville for the development of a new business park. The Council also started the rezoning process -- from mixed use to light industrial -- for the property, which is located ½ mile north of I-40 on the east side of Old Mocksville Road, near exit 154.
While Statesville Regional Development (SRD) was not involved directly in the acquisition of this property, groundwork laid by the organization over the past year played a key role in the process. SRD has spent the past twelve months evaluating and prioritizing potential sites for development, and communicating the inherent value of industrial development through its “Cost of Community Services” campaign, which demonstrated why communities need continued growth in the manufacturing sector in order to maintain low tax rates and a high quality of life. This year-long focus on product development will culminate at the SRD Annual Meeting January 29th, where guest speaker Rob Cornwell from InSite Consulting will discuss the future of industrial development in the region.
With the announcement of the Shell Building II project at the Statesville Business Park in October, the inventory of readily developable sites in the Statesville Region became critically low. Shell buildings serve as “model homes” for industrial recruiting; companies who plan visits around the building typically want to see other available sites and buildings, and until the announcement on Monday, those options were very limited. “We were essentially down to a handful of viable sites,” said Michael Smith, executive director of SRD. “Anything else we had to show would have required rezoning or significant infrastructure improvements (water, sewer, gas, electric, etc.), and many companies today are unwilling to purchase land under those circumstances.”
Smith sees the new park as a positive for recruiting efforts. “With the traffic Shell Building II is sure to generate, we are confident the new park will also get a lot of interest. It’s an outstanding location; less than a mile from I-40 and 2 miles from I-77, with water, sewer and electric already on-site. It’s also relatively flat, so minimal grading and site preparation will be required. With the rezoning process already under way, we anticipate having sites available for new construction by the spring.”
"This is very exciting," said Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh. "The purchase of this property greatly strengthens our position in recruiting new business and industry to Statesville. We know our citizens are concerned about the economy and their ability to find good jobs in our community. This is a major step in acting on their concerns. This property came to us quite suddenly and at such a good price, that we turned our attention to it so we wouldn't miss out. By no means, does it stop our efforts to continue to find more industrial sites."
Steve Johnson, Chairman of the Iredell County Commissioners also voiced his enthusiasm, “This is great news. The new business park will help Statesville live up to its potential for creating jobs and investment. I’m excited about the opportunities this holds for all the citizens of Statesville and Iredell County.”