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Locking in megasite tenant proves crucial

Locking in megasite tenant proves crucial

With the announcement this month that Toyota Motor North America chose the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite as the location for Toyota's new $1.29 billion automotive battery manufacturing plant, there was considerable celebration. The subject also has been much-discussed among residents in Randolph County. Part of the mystery that awaits is what will the impact be beyond the megasite itself. The site, located in Liberty, is zoned for heavy industrial use. Water and sewer is to be provided by the City of Greensboro. Local officials have touted the impact that will accompany the Toyota plant. It’s bound to spawn other businesses. Meanwhile, the…
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McNeill named jobs champion

McNeill named jobs champion

RALEIGH — The NC Chamber named Rep. Allen McNeill (R-Randolph) to its list of 2021 Jobs Champions in its annual “How They Voted” report. The report details the voting records of members of the N.C. General Assembly on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the global race for jobs. McNeill was recognized as a Jobs Champion for voting with the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda at least 80 percent of the time during the 2021 legislative session. “In my first campaign for the North Carolina House, I campaigned on “jobs”. I have tried to support every…
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REMC awards $14,000 to teachers for ‘Bright Ideas’

REMC awards $14,000 to teachers for ‘Bright Ideas’

ASHEBORO — Randolph Electric Membership Corporation recently honored educators by awarding $14,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to twelve local educators. “Randolph EMC is committed to making our communities stronger. One way we accomplish that is by investing in education,” said Nicole Arnold, Communications and Public Affairs Manager for REMC. “For almost 30 years, Randolph Electric has provided grants to local schools. We commend these educators for continually striving to create classrooms conducive to innovation.” Bright Ideas grants, sponsored by Randolph EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, are available to teachers for hands-on projects that would not otherwise be funded.…
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Another agriculture center proposal coming to Randolph

Another agriculture center proposal coming to Randolph

ASHEBORO — County leaders will again be considering an agriculture center proposal which could bring development to a county-owned parcel on East Dixie Drive in Asheboro. The county bought land in 2016 with a potential agriculture center in mind. Plans for that facility were presented and considered after the land was acquired with costs estimates at $58 million. That earlier proposal would have resulted in tax increases to fund both the construction and operation of the facility. The county commissioners passed a resolution in 2019 asking the state for up to $10 million in funding to support a “first phase”…
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Toyota will bring 1,750 jobs to Randolph County

Toyota will bring 1,750 jobs to Randolph County

LIBERTY — Toyota Motor North America announced they will build a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in Randolph County, bringing 1,750 jobs to Liberty. Toyota will invest $1.29 billion at the Randolph County Megasite, which will initially produce batteries for Toyota’s hybrid electric vehicles and later produce batteries for battery electric vehicles in the long term. This is the first North American battery manufacturing facility for the world's largest automobile manufacturer. "I am proud of the hard work the General Assembly has done to ensure North Carolina is a state ripe for new business and innovation," said House Speaker Tim Moore…
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Supply chain problems hit toy drive non-profits

Supply chain problems hit toy drive non-profits

NEW YORK — With less than four weeks to go until Christmas, non-profit organizations who supply gifts for less fortunate children are facing supply problems that may put a damper on Christmas spirit. Charities who give to kids during the holidays say they're facing challenges finding enough gaming consoles, laptops and other electronic items amid the global shortage of chips used in cars, phones and other devices. “I’ve never seen something like this,” said Kristyn Begari, purchasing coordinator for Family Giving Tree, a California non-profit. “Our biggest fear is we’re not going to get the quality of gifts that we…
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Randolph County DOT projects awarded

Randolph County DOT projects awarded

ASHEBORO — The N.C. DOT announced last week that a $3.8 million contract to mill and resurface roads and grade shoulders in Randolph County had been awarded to the Thompson Arthur Division of APAC Atlantic. The department did not release exact locations but said the project would begin as early as March and included 10 sections of secondary roads totaling 21.4 miles. The projects should be completed by mid-summer 2023.
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Home healthcare company opens office in Asheboro

Home healthcare company opens office in Asheboro

ASHEBORO — Amedisys, a national home health, hospice and personal care provider, has opened its Asheboro location at 610 N. Fayetteville Street. The company announced in May that it had acquired regulatory assets that would allow it operate home health care operations in Randolph and Montgomery counties. “We’re honored to be able to offer our compassionate, clinically distinct care to more patients in more places,” said Home Health President Teonie Aurelio at the time the move was announced. “Expanding our footprint into this key market further establishes Amedisys as America’s solution for aging in place.” Amedisys is the second largest…
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Budd receives small business award in Asheboro

Budd receives small business award in Asheboro

ASHEBORO — Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) was in Asheboro last week as part of a bus tour highlighting challenges faced by small businesses due federal regulations and taxes.  Budd was joined by county commission chair Darrell Frye, State Sen. Dave Craven and State Rep. Allen McNeill. PEMMCO Manufacturing hosted the event in Asheboro and the company’s president, Rick Powell led a tour of the company’s operations.   The Job Creators Network awarded Budd with the “Defender of Small Business Award” during the event.  “I want job creators across North Carolina to know that there are men and women from Washington…
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Hirschman claims extra money by winning North-South Shootout

Hirschman claims extra money by winning North-South Shootout

SOPHIA – Matt Hirschman of Pennsylvania won for the first time on the North-South Shootout circuit, claiming the 19th annual John Blewett III race Saturday at Caraway Speedway. “This race has always been big in my career,” Hirschman said. “In the early part of my career it was the biggest. It kind of put me on the map.” Hirschman went ahead on a restart on the 64th lap. That was quite a rise for the driver who began the 23-car field in the last spot. “Late in the race it’s tough getting off that corner (on restarts),” Hirschman said. “It’s…
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