ROANOKE RAPIDS - The former Georgia Pacific plant in Roanoke Rapids, which has been closed for about a decade, will be open for business come this fall.

Virginia based Culpeper Wood Preservers is hoping to renovate the building and be operational by Sept. 1, said Operations Manager Jimmy Clay.

The plant treats lumber, and the business plans on creating 20 jobs with an average wage of $45,850. Read more at

Weldon is known as half of the historic Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, but passenger trains haven't stopped in the town since 1971. That may soon change with a new plan to revitalize Weldon's historic Union Station. See the video at Spectrum News

Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:16

Amtrak coming seen as a life changer


  • Business owners excited for opportunities
  • Residents think it will revitalize area
  • Tourists could bring opportunities for new businesses

By now, news of the proposed Amtrak station in Weldon has reached seemingly every corner of the Roanoke Valley and most everyone sees it as a likely turning point for the historic town. Read more at

Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:54

Klausner Two opens summer

HALIFAX — Although the Klausner Lumber Two mill was supposed to be operational by the end of the first quarter in Enfield, the company’s president personally announced the mill will be up and running about July.

President Thomas Mende flew in and met with the Halifax County Board of Commissioners on Monday at its meeting to share the news.


Halifax County Economic Development Commission
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Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
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Site Selection Magazine has named the Roanoke Rapids area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States for 2016. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, which encompasses Halifax and Northampton Counties, received an overall ranking of #32 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects.
Site Selection is a trade publication for site-selection consultants, corporate decision-makers, and economic developers. Site Selection’s Top Micropolitan rankings are based on qualifying new or expanding projects that create a minimum capital investment of at $1 million, create at least 50 new jobs or add at least 20,000 SF of new floor area. In compiling its list, Site Selection considered 575 micropolitan communities across the United States. A micropolitan area is defined as a community serving as a regional trade center that has a population of more than 10,000 people but less than 50,000.
“While 2016 presented many challenges, such as the closing of the Safelite Auto Glass facility in Enfield, we have worked diligently to provide an environment to support new job creation and investment and expansion of our existing business and industry,” commented Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “2017 promises to be a great year.”
Cathy Scott, Executive Director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission hails Site Selection Magazine's annual list as the industry scorecard for site selection consultants and economic insiders. “Our place in the rankings will help to raise Halifax County’s profile with important decision-makers,” Scott added.
For a full list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas, click here.

Halifax County has joined a prestigious group of nineteen counties in North Carolina designated as NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities. The designation provides a foundation for local workforce development activities based on the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) and gives Halifax County an advantage when competing with other counties and states for economic development projects. It signals to existing businesses and those to come that workers have the foundational skills to make those businesses successful, which can help spur economic growth.

The NC Chamber of Commerce Foundation presented the official designation on October 18th to the Halifax County's NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community initiative steering committee, which includes the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, Halifax Community College, Halifax County Economic Development Partnership, Halifax County Schools, Weldon City Schools, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Turning Point Workforce Development Board, and the NC Works Career Center.

Over 60 employers have signed on to support this initiative by agreeing to recognize, prefer or recommend the National Career Readiness Certificate in their hiring. In Halifax County, 1,886 individuals have received the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:49

WYNN Recognized for Leadership

Roanoke Rapids, NC – At their annual meeting, Halifax County Business Horizons (Halifax Horizons), Inc. presented the 8th Annual “Working Together Works” award to Curtis Wynn, Chief Executive Officer of Roanoke Electric Cooperative. In making the presentation, Scott Aman, Treasurer, and 2009 “Working Together Works” award recipient, highlighted Wynn’s vision and leadership that is helping to move the needle in economic development in Halifax County. “Under Curtis Wynn’s leadership, Roanoke Electric is an innovative leader, not only as an electric provider, but in supporting community and economic development,” commented Aman.

Roanoke Electric is an electric membership cooperative serving Halifax, Northampton, Bertie, Hertford and Gates counties and one of the most progressive cooperatives in the country in supporting economic development. Recent projects that are having an impact for Halifax County include: Roanoke Connect, a broadband fiber network under construction in Roanoke Electric’s service area; zero interest financing to support construction of a 50,000 square foot industrial building at the Halifax Corporate Park; and sponsoring a study by NCSU-Industrial Extension to identify collective assets to connect Halifax and the four other counties in the Roanoke Electric service area as an economic development region.

In accepting the award, Wynn commented, “I am honored to be recognized by Halifax Horizons for this prestigious award.” Wynn added, “Growing an economy is no easy task and it takes many partners, but the benefits are far-reaching and certainly worthy of our best efforts.”

“Working together really does work,” commented Jay Carlisle, President of Halifax County Business Horizons, Inc. “Curtis Wynn exemplifies leadership and collaboration and we appreciate the game-changing initiatives that Curtis, his staff, and board are implementing to improve economic opportunities for all of Halifax County,” Carlisle added.

Halifax County Business Horizons, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide funding for economic development projects in all of Halifax County. Private funds raised by the organization support business and industry recruitment and expansion and tourism development. Halifax Horizons provides critical financial support for projects that directly impact the success of our local tourism and economic development efforts.

Friday, 07 October 2016 08:31

Klausner lumber mill to open soon

ENFIELD — The $110 million Klausner Lumber Two project was announced almost four years ago, and now the lumber mill has been confirmed to be operational by first quarter 2017.

Klausner President Thomas Mende made the announcement Wednesday after he and Director Leopold Stephan flew to Halifax County to check the progress of the site.

The lumber mill has had most of its exterior work completed, and only interior detailing remained.

“As it turns out, it’s going to be on schedule because, hopefully, it’ll be finished at the right time,” Mende said. “That’s how we see it.”


Monday, 22 August 2016 09:40

Industry Leaders Learn Rail Safety

The Halifax County Economic Development Commission hosted a NCDOT program focused on rail safety for local business and industry that rely on highway transportation. Dr. David Robinson, NCDOT's BeRailSafe Outreach Consultant, Dr. David Robinson, presented important information on rail emergency contacts, how active crossing signals operate, and methods of stopping train movement in emergent situations.

Every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision as it takes the average freight train traveling 55 MPH more than a mile to stop. While North Carolina's incidents are not that frequent, the numbers are not insignificant. In 2015, 66 grade crossing crashes resulted in 9 deaths and 88 injuries and 41 trespassing incidents resulted in 20 deaths and 16 injuries.

CSX Transportation operates a Class A rail line in Halifax County with a total of 50 grade crossings and 35+ trains a day.

For more information on rail safety, visit

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