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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 rrdailyherald.com
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

WELDON - 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 RRDailyHerald.com
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. Read More at www.rrdailyherald.com.
Halifax County Economic Development Commission 260 Premier Boulevard Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 (252) 519-2630 www.halifaxdevelopment.com ROANOKE RAPIDS RANKED AS TOP 100 MICROPOLITAN AREA 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…
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…
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,…
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.” Read More on…
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…
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