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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.”
Statesville-Based Manufacturer Steel Tube Inc. Announces Expansion Plans
JUNE 16, 2015 - Statesville-based Steel Tube, Inc. will be investing $2.3 million over the next 18 months in an expansion project that will double its production capacity, nearly double its floor space and add a new product line. Steel Tube will be installing a UV clear coating line for galvanized steel tubing as well as a CNC Sawing System that offers high speed ultra-precision cutting with brush deburring capability.
In addition to this new equipment and 32,000 square foot building expansion, Steel Tube will be hiring up to 20 additional employees to meet increased production demands.
“Statesville Regional Development was pleased to have the opportunity to work with the management at Steel Tube on this expansion project,” said Michael Smith, Executive Director of Statesville Regional Development, “This is yet another example of an existing Statesville industry creating jobs and investing in our community."
Steel Tube, Inc. is one of the largest carbon steel and galvanized steel tubing manufacturers in the southeastern U.S. with over 25 years in the industry. Known for strong customer relationships and providing special services such as cut-to-length and in-house delivery, Steel Tube is a premier source of top quality mechanical and structural steel tubing, producing ASTM A513 steel and galvanized steel tubing, Type 1 and Type 2, in squares, rectangles, rounds, and ovals.
Southern Distilling Company to Locate in Statesville; Will Invest Up to $4 Million and Create 40 Jobs
Southern Distilling will provide high quality Carolina spirits to both the local region and customers worldwide who desire a sense of authenticity and artfulness in the drinks they enjoy. Core products will include bourbon, rye whiskey and fruit brandies.
Owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Pete and Vienna Barger, Southern Distilling will be the first distillery to open in Statesville since 1903, and the first “craft distillery” ever to open in the city. Prior to Prohibition, Statesville was touted as the “distilling capital of the world,” home to hundreds of local distilleries and several of the largest liquor wholesalers in the East. “We are looking forward to bringing this industry back to Statesville, supporting local farms, and creating new jobs and opportunities in my hometown,” said co-owner Pete Barger.
“Craft distilleries, like craft breweries, are an offshoot of the larger ‘local’ movement in food and beverage,” noted Statesville Regional Development Executive Director, Michael Smith. “An increasing number of people want to know where things come from, who makes it, what’s in it, and how it’s produced.”
In addition to its own products, Southern Distilling will serve as a partner for wineries and other craft distillers in contract distilling, warehousing, and bottling/packaging services.
Convenient proximity to the Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) provides unique opportunities for shared tourism and relationships with the multiple vineyards and wineries nearby.
“We are excited about bringing whiskey and brandy production back to the region and want to be a true asset to the community,” said co-owner Vienna Barger. The 20-acre grounds include old growth hardwood trees and agricultural farmland, which will be developed into an outdoor walking trail and a demonstration orchard and grain fields, in addition to development of other supporting businesses, in future phases. Grand opening is slated for summer 2016 and further information will be available at SoDistilling.com.
Southern Distilling has worked closely with the City of Statesville and Iredell County in the development of its business plan. Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh said, “It has been a pleasure to work with Pete and Vienna Barger in selecting Statesville for our county’s first distillery. Their total dedication to the project and the process makes me confident they will be successful community partners for years to come. I am especially excited they are looking at Downtown Statesville to further enhance their operations. They represent a new era of manufacturing, employment and community engagement which will be a model for our future.”
James Mallory, Chairman of the Iredell County Commissioners, added, "The Iredell County Board of Commissioners are excited that Pete and Vienna Barger, a longstanding Iredell County family with a history of providing employment opportunities throughout the county, will be opening Southern Distilling Company to continue that tradition of job creation and leadership. Their new venture will not only provide jobs directly related to their production facility but increase tourism throughout the area."