What's Next? Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site

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Chatham-Randolph Megasite

Chatham-Randolph MegasiteJune 19, 2014

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CHATHAM-RANDOLPH MEGASITEThe Chatham-Randolph Megasite is a 1,800 acre property located west of Siler City owned by two individuals. This map shows its location within a 250 mile radius.

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CHATHAM-RANDOLPH MEGASITEThe next map shows the sites location in central North Carolina. In assessing the site as part of the Duke Site Readiness Program, site consultants McCallum-Sweeney noted that the significant concentration of manufacturing in the region is evidence of a strong manufacturing workforce base; manufacturing employs more than 15,400 people in Chatham and Randolph Counties alone.

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This slide shows the property in detail. It has almost a mile of rail frontage on the northeast border and frontage on Highway 64 on the southeast. Preliminary engineering studies indicate that 1,445 acres of the parcel are developable. The property has two owners. Both are committed to selling to an industrial user.

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When McCallum-Sweeney presented their findings in late August to over 100 community leaders, Mark Sweeney concluded that this megasite gives the state a potentially strong competitor for an automotive project. This photo shows the rail frontage as well as the view from several locations on site.

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We recently launched a website at chathamrandolphmegasite.com. On the site, interested businesses can view facts about the land, maps of transportation infrastructure and utilities and panoramic photos that show different views around the site.

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In October, Southern Business and Development magazine published a special edition entitled The Southern Auto Corridor.

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Based on their analysis, the editor selected the Piedmont Triad as the number one spot in the Southern Auto Corridor, noting Even though there are no rumors to base our pick, we believe that one of the next two automakers announcing Greenfield plants in the corridor will pick a site in the Piedmont Triad.The magazine also rated the Chatham/Randolph megasite as the third best site in the south for auto assembly. Currently, were conducting the engineering and other studies necessary to obtain designation through the North Carolina Certified Site program. We will continue to work with many public and private partners at the local, regional and state level to help prepare and market this site.

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Next Steps: Market, Market, Market!www.chathamrandolphmegasite.com

Contact dreid@chathamedc.org