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Certified Chatham Megasite is vital step for local economic growth[Jun. 20, 2014]
A vital step in positioning Chatham County and the Siler City area for major economic development has been achieved with the recent state certification of the Chatham Randolph Megasite, a 1,818-acre industrial site west of Siler City. State certification means that the site has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that it is ready for immediate development, which makes it more attractive to industries.
Siler City Development Organization to host megasite forum on June 19[Jun. 1, 2014]
The Siler City Development Organization is hosting a public meeting Thursday, June 19 to discuss what the community can do to support successfully attracting a business to the Chatham Randolph Megasite. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Siler City’s First United Methodist Church (1101 W. Raleigh St.) from 6 – 9 p.m. A light supper will be provided.
Alpha Install adds solar array to its building in Pittsboro[Jan. 13, 2014]
Two years ago Alpha Install made the choice to relocate its operations to Pittsboro. The company purchased the old Chevy dealership on Highway 15-501 and proceeded to work with the Town of Pittsboro, the Chatham County Economic Development Corp., and the NC Rural Center to create jobs and enhance the empty property utilizing a reuse grant.
County officials excited to have Strata Solar in Chatham[Jan. 3, 2014]
One of the most successful solar energy companies in the nation, Strata Solar, recently moved its headquarters to Chatham County, where it already had located its warehouse and a one-megawatt solar farm. The company has 90 employees but expects to be at 100 by January.
Chatham County posts lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina[Dec. 10, 2013]
The latest employment report for October 2013 from the N.C. Department of Commerce shows Chatham County as having the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.7 percent. Chatham’s jobless rate has not been this positive since May 2008. Based on state reports, the number of employed people in Chatham County has actually climbed by 191 since October 2012 and 1,117 since October 2011.
Honesty, business acumen have served retailer Harold Hart well[Oct. 7, 2013]
Ask anybody in the trade about furniture veteran Harold Hart and the first words you hear will likely be "honesty" or "integrity." Hart, owner of Hart Furniture in Siler City, N.C., is known in the industry as one of its most sincere voices. The longtime distributor and retailer is also renowned for his knack for turning closeouts into big business.
Site readiness report for Chatham-Randolph megasite has been completed[Jul. 13, 2013]
As part of the 2013 Duke Energy Site Readiness Program, McCallum Sweeney, a nationally known consulting firm, has completed its comprehensive study of a 1,774-acre megasite west of Siler City for large-scale industrial development. The consulting team will present their final report on Friday morning, July 19.
The meeting is scheduled for 9 am at the Western Chatham Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City. Mark Sweeney, senior principal, will present an analysis of the site selection process with an emphasis on megasite readiness and the critical need for ready sites.
Piedmont Furniture Club to hold golf tournament honoring Harold Hart[Jul. 10, 2013]
On Wednesday, August 21, 2013 the Piedmont Club, the local Piedmont North Carolina division of the Virginia/Carolinas Chapter of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association, will hold its 27th annual golf tournament at a new location, the High Point Country Club. This year the Piedmont Furniture Club will honor Harold Hart, furniture distributer and owner of Hart Furniture in Siler City, NC.
Chatham EDC board member appointments[Jun. 19, 2013]
Bud Marchant, Bill Milholen and Ned Kelly served as the Nominating Committee for the Chatham EDC Board of Directors. There were 13 applicants for the EDC Board of Directors, with 8 positions available. All new applicants were interviewed by the Nominating Committee.
Darrin Royer rejoins Lazar as sales director[Jun. 7, 2013]
Darrin Royer has rejoined contemporary upholstery source Lazar as director of sales. Company President Robert Luce said that Luce said the position had been vacant and the company is filling it now to address recent growth.
Pittsboro getting new alternative to nursing homes[Jun. 5, 2013]
Piedmont Health is building a new facility that will house the new Piedmont Health SeniorCare of Pittsboro program. The one-story, 20,000-square-foot building, which will be located at 163 Chatham Business Drive, is expected to be completed in June or July of 2013, and to open for business shortly thereafter. The construction is being done by Hamlett Associates of Climax, N.C., at a cost of $2.8 million. Including land and equipment, information technology and furniture, the project’s cost is $3.4 million.
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