A well-known Halifax County business marked a major milestone Wednesday.
Patton Mechanical Service officially opened its new location at 16150 NC Highway 561 in Halifax with a grand opening ceremony at the site. The company, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Jesse and Sara Patton, specializes in heating, cooling, refrigeration, ice machines and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) services. Its new 7,500-square-foot building sits on two acres of land and features 2,400-square-feet of space for equipment storage and 2,400-square-feet of office space.
For the second year in a row, Site Selection Magazine has named the Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, which encompasses Halifax and Northampton Counties, received a ranking of #18 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects in 2017.
"It's great to see our area recognized as a Top Micropolitan Area and move up to the Top 20,” said Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We are grateful to the companies that saw opportunity and invested here. Working together, we can continue the momentum and create even more economic opportunities for our citizens,” Bryant added.
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.
Cathy Scott, Executive Director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission, says the ranking confirms the Commission's message. "Halifax County has an environment that is encouraging private investment and job creation."
For a full list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas, click here.
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