DOBSON — A local company has plans to expand, and if all goes well, up to 60 new jobs could be created.
At Monday’s meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners, the board considered a rezoning effort on Airport Road in the Holly Springs area for Eagle Carports.
The 4.36-acre parcel was zoned residential until commissioners voted unanimously Monday evening to rezone it to highway business, which means the property “may be used for any number of purposes,” said Planning Director Kim Bates.
During the public hearing on the matter, nobody spoke against the effort. However, Chris Davis, a service manager at Eagle Carports, which recently acquired the parcel, asked commissioners for their support.
“This will help us out tremendously,” said Davis, before explaining tubing had to be shipped in from Texas.
Davis told commissioners the company plans to build a warehouse to store materials on the property. It may also eventually become a manufacturing facility. The warehouse and another project soon to be underway will create an estimated 40 to 60 jobs.
In a subsequent interview, Davis noted a wide array of jobs including installers, warehouse and manufacturing jobs and office staff will result from the expansion, which is much needed.
“We’ve purchased all available property,” noted Davis. “Our sales are up about 50 percent over last year.”
Davis explained the company has continually grown throughout the last three years, resulting in Eagle Carports “outgrowing” the company’s current manufacturing site on Arlington St. Thus, many of those operations will move to the 80,000 to 90,000 sq. ft. manufacturing site which will soon stand on 7.5 acres on Holly Springs Church Road.
Davis attributed the growth to the company’s product.
“We offer a quality product for about half the price of a stick-built structure,” remarked Davis, who also noted the ease of the construction process associated with a metal building or carport.
Davis said most Eagle Carports’ structures are installed within a week of a customer placing an order.
Both expansion efforts and the corresponding job creation are expected to take place throughout the course of the next two years.
Eagle Carports general manager Gabriel Torres Jr. indicated he was thankful for the board’s support in his company’s process of expanding to meet the needs of a growing customer base.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the community and look forward to operating out of our new facilities,” said Torres.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.