Forsyth Technical Community College will introduce new engineering program, other courses

Forsyth Technical Community College will introduce new engineering program, other courses

Forsyth Technical Community College, the second largest school of its kind in the Triad, is introducing several new programs for the 2015-2016 academic year, including an associate degree in engineering. Learn more here.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company completes donation of laboratory building to WPDA, Inc.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company completes donation of laboratory building to WPDA, Inc.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 10, 2015 – R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced today that it has completed the donation of a laboratory building in the Whitaker Park complex to WPDA, Inc. (WPDA), a nonprofit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business Inc., the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University. WPDA is pursuing opportunities to lease the approximately 87,000-square-foot building and the nearly four-acre lot on which it sits to stimulate economic development in the complex.

“The gift of the Toxicology Building by R.J. Reynolds to WPDA is the first step in our goal to re-purpose Whitaker Park into a mixed-used development,” said Don Flow, Chairman of WPDA. “We will be working closely with Winston-Salem Business Inc. to market the space to companies on our target list.”

Earlier this year, R.J. Reynolds entered into an agreement to donate a significant portion of the Whitaker Park manufacturing buildings and certain surrounding properties to WPDA. The Whitaker Park plant and remaining properties within the scope of the donation agreement will be transferred to the group by the end of 2016.

Named in honor of John C. Whitaker, a former chairman of R.J. Reynolds, the Whitaker Park manufacturing plant opened in 1961 and initially covered about 14 acres, including 615,295 square feet of floor space. Designed by R.J. Reynolds’ engineering department and constructed by employees, it was the world’s largest and most modern cigarette plant at the time.

Herbalife will create an additional 300 jobs in Winston-Salem

Herbalife will create an additional 300 jobs in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, NC – July 2, 2015- Governor Pat McCrory announced today that Herbalife has chosen to relocate and expand their Information Services (IS) group and other back office operations from California to the company’s existing facility in Winston-Salem, NC. This decision will create 300 new jobs over the next three years with annual salaries ranging from $59,000 – $63,000. They will also be investing over $3,500,000 in building improvements and personal property.

Winston-Salem Business Inc. (WSBI) has been working with Herbalife since last summer to convince the company that Winston-Salem is an ideal location for these types of jobs.

Why Winston-Salem, North Carolina?
– Herbalife can gain synergies with their manufacturing and operations teams at the Winston-Salem facility.
– The company can further develop the scope of the Winston-Salem site as a “flagship” location.
– Herbalife will have access to North Carolina’s Information Technology talent pool.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County was competing against Los Angeles, California, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Guadalajara, Mexico for this project.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company enters agreement to donate Whitaker Park, certain surrounding buildings to local redevelopment group

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company enters agreement to donate Whitaker Park, certain surrounding buildings to local redevelopment group

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – January 7, 2015R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to donate a significant portion of the Whitaker Park manufacturing plant and certain surrounding properties to a local redevelopment group, WPDA, Inc. (WPDA). WPDA is a nonprofit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business Inc., the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University for economic and redevelopment purposes.

 As part of the donation agreement, R.J. Reynolds will donate a laboratory building to WPDA early this year. The Whitaker Park plant and remaining properties within the scope of the donation agreement will be transferred to the group over the next 12 – 24 months, subject to the terms and conditions of the donation agreement.

 “We’re pleased that a local group has stepped forward and committed resources towards repurposing this great and historic plant and its surrounding properties,” said Mark A. Peters, senior vice president and chief financial officer of R.J. Reynolds. “We’re confident these properties will play a key role in the economic development and transformational growth of Winston-Salem and the greater Triad region.”

 The laboratory building donation, which consists of a single 70,000 square-foot building on approximately four acres of land, is being donated first because of its potential for near-term economic development opportunities. The remaining donation will include approximately 120 acres of prime commercial and industrial land, along with buildings totaling approximately 1.7 million square feet.

 “This is an incredible gift by R.J. Reynolds to WPDA,” said Don Flow, WPDA Board chairman. “Whitaker Park has been such a strong presence in our community for decades and I look forward to working with the WPDA Board to repurpose the property to expand the tax base and create new jobs for the citizens of our community.” 

Named in honor of John C. Whitaker, a former chairman of R.J. Reynolds, the Whitaker Park manufacturing plant opened in 1961 and initially covered about 14 acres, including 615,295 square feet of floor space. Designed by R.J. Reynolds’ engineering department and constructed by employees, it was the world’s largest and most modern cigarette plant at the time. 

The Whitaker Park Development Authority will begin work immediately on identifying opportunities for re-use and expansion of the property.  WSBI will play a significant role with the authority.  It is our hope that the complex will be repurposed and will be a catalyst for job creation and tax base growth.

New upscale apartments open in downtown Winston-Salem!

New upscale apartments open in downtown Winston-Salem!

Plant 64, in a former Reynolds tobacco building, had its grand opening yesterday.  This new apartments complex is the site of one of the oldest RJ Reynolds tobacco buildings, dating back to 1916.  Located in downtown Winston-Salem, Plant 64 is just a heartbeat away from the area’s most popular dining and shopping destinations.  Learn more about this exciting new development here.