Business briefs — Aug. 19

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 19, 2018

Rowan EDC fosters relationship with EDPNC

Rowan Economic Development Commission President Rod Crider and Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina participated in a Midwest Marketing Mission last week. The meeting between EDPNC President Chris Chung, president of the neighboring Davidson County EDC Craig Goodson and Crider was to continue a relationship with members of the site consultant community.

The consultants work with industry and business clients to look for new locations or to expand an existing company. The meetings allow for EDC and EDPNC to exchange current market information and speak about doing business in North Carolina and Rowan County.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce to invest in infrastructure in Mocksville

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the Department’s Economic Development Administaion will award a $2 million grant to Davie County. The grant will allow for infrastructure improvements, accelerating the growth of medical and manufacturing industries in the region.

“The Trump Administration has recognized the challenges American towns and cities face when endeavoring to create more opportunities for their businesses and workers,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said. “Due to the hard work and planning of those in Davie County, this project will modernize the local infrastructure in order to meet the needs of the community.”

The project is expected to create 187 jobs and spur $23 million in private investment.

“There are few things more important than ensuring North Carolinians have good-paying jobs that allow them to provide for themselves and their families,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This infrastructure investment will help Davie County attract opportunities in growing industries and stay competitive.”

The infrastructure project will support sewer improvements and provide economic growth in and around Davie County.

Carolina Compost turns food waste into fertilizer

Jason Gibson saw an opportunity for food waste and started Carolina Compost in Thomasville. Gibson began pumping out grease traps for local restaurants and turning it into an option for fertilizing crops, flower gardens and lawns.

“I feel better about eating food made with composted food materials rather than chemicals or human waste materials,” Gibson said.

He produced his first load of nutrient-rich compost in 2016 and he has attracted customers from across North Carolina.

Carolina Compost is located at 588 Free Pilgrim Church Road in Thomasville. If you have questions about Carolina Compost, call 336-250-9848.