Pepsi Chooses W-S for Call Center Expansion

Pepsi to expand W-S contact center as part of consolidation

Pepsi Beverages Co., will be expanding its Winston-Salem call center, adding a total of about 200 agent positions to the existing employee pool. North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue visited today at the Winston-Salem offices of Pepsi to make the jobs announcement, which aides say will have a significant impact on the economic development of North Carolina’s Forsyth County.

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Advanced Manufacturing in Winston-Salem

Too often when North Carolinians look back at both manufacturing and the economy in our state from years past, they think of the empty factories and textile mills left as distant reminders of what was once a staple industry.  While one can’t help but be nostalgic over the changes that have occurred over the last 25 years, the future state of North Carolina manufacturing has the potential to far surpass the era gone by.  For Winston-Salem, potential opportunities abound as advanced manufacturing practices continue to grow and be refined due to industry increases in efficiency, innovation and precision.

North Carolina and Winston-Salem have become hubs for a new brand of manufacturing, bringing with it infrastructure and high-paying engineering and computer science jobs.  Certainly anyone following Winston-Salem’s economic development initiatives are familiar with companies like Dell, BE Aerospace, and of course the new addition of Caterpillar.  These companies, along with countless others, have built the necessary foundation and workforce to make Winston-Salem a more than viable location for this booming industry.

Currently the manufacturing industry employs 12% of the city’s workforce, placing it slightly behind the health care industry for most local jobs.  This trend exists not only in our community, with 500,000 jobs statewide credited to the manufacturing industry, accounting for nearly 20% of the state’s Gross Domestic Output.  This output totals to just below 5% of the nation’s manufacturing output.

In addition to creating jobs, the advanced manufacturing industry will provide opportunities for Winston-Salem in a great number of capacities.  The new jobs, unlike many of the former manufacturing positions are primarily highly paid positions.  In fact the average output of a manufacturing employee rose 40% in the decade from 1999 to 2009.  Now with the economy rebounding and many feeling the same as Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar CEO, when he claims that there will be no double dip recession, and boldly states how “(Caterpillar) intends to play offense and win”, the future looks optimistic.

North Carolina’s manufacturing sector has now showed positive growth for 13 straight months and is giving no sign of slowing down.  Schools like Forsyth Tech have instituted phenomenal programs readying the local workforce for this complex yet exciting and growing industry.  While Caterpillar will continue to stand as a huge achievement for advanced manufacturing in Winston-Salem, we at Winston-Salem Business Inc.are more than confident that it won’t be the last major company to make Winston-Salem its home.

Caterpillar Inc. has chosen Winston-Salem for a significant manufacturing operation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2010

Caterpillar Inc. has chosen Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, NC – Gov. Beverly Perdue announced at a press conference today at Forsyth Technical Community College that Caterpillar Inc. has chosen Winston-Salem for a significant manufacturing operation. The announcement represents 392 full-time jobs with an average salary of more than $36,000 per year plus benefits. The capital investment in a new building and equipment is expected to reach $426 million. An additional 100-plus jobs are expected to be created by an on?site contractor inside the new facility.

Caterpillar plans to construct an 850,000 square foot facility on 100 acres at the corner of Union Cross Road and Temple School Road. The plant will primarily involve the production of Lower Power Train units for Caterpillar’s Large Mining Trucks.

“We are very excited that Caterpillar has chosen Winston?Salem and Forsyth County for this operation,”
said Winston-Salem Business Inc. president Bob Leak, Jr. “We have been working with the company and
their consultants for the past six months and applaud the efforts of everyone involved to make it a
success today. This is undoubtedly one of the largest economic development announcements in the
history of our community.”
Other local officials made the following statements regarding the announcement.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines:
“Winston-Salem is honored to be selected by Caterpillar as the site of this new manufacturing facility.
Caterpillar is a well respected, international company that will add much to the economic fabric of our
community. The economic impact of over 500 jobs and $426 million of investment is very significant in
the rebuilding of our economy, however equally important is the fact that this decision validates
Winston-Salem as a strong and attractive location for future economic development projects.”

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chair David Plyler:
“Caterpillar’s decision to invest and create jobs in our community affirms my long?time belief that
Forsyth County is business friendly in every way. This is truly a ‘wow’ announcement.”

Forsyth Technical Community College president Dr. Gary Green:
“As a partner with the entire Winston-Salem community, Forsyth Tech is committed to ensuring that
Caterpillar will have the highly skilled workforce it needs for success from day one. The College’s
certified programs in industrial technologies have been a key community asset since the Caterpillar’s
first visit to Winston-Salem.”

The Spartanburg, S.C. development company Johnson Development Associates, Inc. made available the
site of the future plant. Caterpillar was represented by CB Richard Ellis Consulting in Atlanta.

The announcement was made possible by a number of entities including Winston-Salem Business Inc.,
the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, Forsyth Technical Community College, the Winston?Salem
Alliance, North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Community College System and
Duke Energy.

For information about Winston-Salem Business Inc. visit www.wsbusinessinc.com

For information about Caterpillar Inc. visit www.cat.com

Winston-Salem Business Inc. is a private, non-profit economic development corporation dedicated to the
recruitment of new business to Winston?Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina. Since its inception in
1987, WSBI has assisted in the creation of more than 13,000 new jobs and more than $1.4 billion in
capital investment in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

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Winston-Salem Business Inc. Caterpillar Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 30, 2010

Winston‐Salem, NC – Gov. Beverly Perdue announced at a press conference today at Forsyth Technical Community College that Caterpillar Inc. has chosen Winston‐Salem for a significant manufacturing operation. The announcement represents 392 full‐time jobs with an average salary of more than $36,000 per year plus benefits. The capital investment in a new building and equipment is expected to reach $426 million. An additional 100‐plus jobs are expected to be created by an on‐site contractor inside the new facility.

Caterpillar plans to construct an 850,000‐square‐foot facility on 100 acres at the corner of Union Cross Road and Temple School Road. The plant will primarily involve the production of Lower Power Train units for Caterpillar’s Large Mining Trucks.

“We are very excited that Caterpillar has chosen Winston‐Salem and Forsyth County for this operation,” said Winston‐Salem Business Inc. president Bob Leak, Jr. “We have been working with the company and their consultants for the past six months and applaud the efforts of everyone involved to make it a success today. This is undoubtedly one of the largest economic development announcements in the history of our community.”

Other local officials made the following statements regarding the announcement.

Winston‐Salem Mayor Allen Joines:

Winston‐Salem is honored to be selected by Caterpillar as the site of this new manufacturing facility. Caterpillar is a well respected, international company that will add much to the economic fabric of our community. The economic impact of over 500 jobs and $426 million of investment is very significant in the rebuilding of our economy, however equally important is the fact that this decision validates Winston‐Salem as a strong and attractive location for future economic development projects.”

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chair David Plyler:

Caterpillar’s decision to invest and create jobs in our community affirms my long‐time belief that Forsyth County is business friendly in every way. This is truly a ‘wow’ announcement.”

Forsyth Technical Community College president Dr. Gary Green:

As a partner with the entire Winston‐Salem community, Forsyth Tech is committed to ensuring that Caterpillar will have the highly skilled workforce it needs for success from day one. The College’s certified programs in industrial technologies have been a key community asset since the Caterpillar’s first visit to Winston‐Salem.”

The Spartanburg, S.C. development company Johnson Development Associates, Inc. made available the site of the future plant. Caterpillar was represented by CB Richard Ellis Consulting in Atlanta.

The announcement was made possible by a number of entities including Winston‐Salem Business Inc., the City of Winston‐Salem, Forsyth County, Forsyth Technical Community College, the Winston‐Salem Alliance, North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Community College System and Duke Energy.

For information about Winston‐Salem Business Inc. visit www.wsbusinessinc.com

For information about Caterpillar Inc. visit www.cat.com

WinstonSalem Business Inc. is a private, nonprofit economic development corporation dedicated to the recruitment of new business to WinstonSalem and Forsyth County, North Carolina. Since its inception in 1987, WSBI has assisted in the creation of more than 13,000 new jobs and more than $1.4 billion in capital investment in WinstonSalem/Forsyth County.

WSBI CATERPILLAR PRESS RELEASE

How Life Science can Bring Life to Winston-Salem

At the heart of Winston-Salem’s push into this fascinating and burgeoning field is the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP), featuring studies in the areas of Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology, and many more.  While the park contributes heavily to the broader scientific community, they also have a “track record of turning scientific hypothesis into commercially marketable concepts”, thus putting money back into our community.  The master plan for the PTRP includes developing over 200 acres and creating more than 27,000 jobs in the east Winston-Salem area.  The current park houses 55 different companies and employs 925 personnel.

Outside of PTRP, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and Forsyth Technical Community College all have various programs focused on Life Sciences.  The most nationally recognized of these programs is probably the Regenerative Medicine studies done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, the team at the institute, led by renowned Director Anthony Atala, M.D. was the “first in the world to successfully transplant a laboratory-grown organ into humans.” This accomplishment, in itself, is remarkable and could pave the way for saving countless lives through organ transplants.  A number of other state-of-the-art programs have been completed or are underway for the institute.  Advanced medical programs like this, and the personnel that accompany them, helped Winston-Salem make the list as a “Top 7 Most Intelligent City.”

Nearby, Winston-Salem State University features a dedicated Department of Life Science.  Currently, about 230 students are navigating their way through the advanced curriculum, working in partnership with PTRP.  The department offers students three different Bachelor of Science major choices in Biology, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology.  Although this is a fairly young program, with the first graduating class having emerged in 2002, the graduates have already accomplished tremendous things .  Forsyth Technical Community College’s program in Biotechnology is the largest in the state of its kind.  It has graduated 108 students since the program’s initial graduating class in 2004 and is getting more extensive by the year.  Eventually, they are looking to move their program within PTRP to further, by proximity, the already exceptional nature of the program.

The Life Sciences industry in Winston-Salem is quickly building the momentum it needs to impact the everyday lives of the citizens of Winston-Salem.  The $87 million Wexford-RJR-Wake Forest Health Sciences deal has already started bringing in construction and support-related jobs.  We hope that, through these local examples and background information, you have a better appreciation for how Life Sciences plays a key role in the dynamic economic development of Winston-Salem.  In addition to the potential to save and improve innumerable lives around the world, the field of Life Sciences is helping structure Winston-Salem as a hub for high-paying jobs and attracting the infrastructure and capital to allow the city to grow with it.

Photos courtesy of: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

At the heart of Winston-Salem’s push into this fascinating and burgeoning field is the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP), featuring studies in the areas of Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology, and many more.  While the park contributes heavily to the broader scientific community, they also have a “track record of turning scientific hypothesis into commercially marketable concepts”, thus putting money back into our community.  The master plan for the PTRP includes developing over 200 acres and creating more than 27,000 jobs in the east Winston-Salem area.  The current park houses 55 different companies and employs 925 personnel.

Outside of PTRP, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and Forsyth Technical Community College all have various programs focused on Life Sciences.  The most nationally recognized of these programs is probably the Regenerative Medicine studies done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, the team at the institute, led by renowned Director Anthony Atala, M.D. was the “first in the world to successfully transplant a laboratory-grown organ into humans.” This accomplishment, in itself, is remarkable and could pave the way for saving countless lives through organ transplants.  A number of other state-of-the-art programs have been completed or are underway for the institute.  Advanced medical programs like this, and the personnel that accompany them, helped Winston-Salem make the list as a “Top 7 Most Intelligent City.”

Nearby, Winston-Salem State University features a dedicated Department of Life Science.  Currently, about 230 students are navigating their way through the advanced curriculum, working in partnership with PTRP.  The department offers students three different Bachelor of Science major choices in Biology, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology.  Although this is a fairly young program, with the first graduating class having emerged in 2002, the graduates have already accomplished tremendous things .  Forsyth Technical Community College’s program in Biotechnology is the largest in the state of its kind.  It has graduated 108 students since the program’s initial graduating class in 2004 and is getting more extensive by the year.  Eventually, they are looking to move their program within PTRP to further, by proximity, the already exceptional nature of the program.

The Life Sciences industry in Winston-Salem is quickly building the momentum it needs to impact the everyday lives of the citizens of Winston-Salem.  The $87 million Wexford-RJR-Wake Forest Health Sciences deal has already started bringing in construction and support-related jobs.  We hope that, through these local examples and background information, you have a better appreciation for how Life Sciences plays a key role in the dynamic economic development of Winston-Salem.  In addition to the potential to save and improve innumerable lives around the world, the field of Life Sciences is helping structure Winston-Salem as a hub for high-paying jobs and attracting the infrastructure and capital to allow the city to grow with it.

Photos courtesy of: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center