Prominent businesses join ever-evolving campus
February 10, 2019 (Rocky Mount, N.C.) – Several new businesses have recently moved in at Rocky Mount Mills, bringing even more jobs and community engagement to the renovated mixed-used development reimagined from a 200-year-old cotton mill in eastern North Carolina.
Poyner Spruill, a North Carolina-based law firm that places a high value on a local presence while providing services nationwide, moved their regional office and about 30 employees to Rocky Mount Mills in November 2019. Poyner Spruill’s roots in Rocky Mount are deep, dating back to the early 1900s when founder Frank Spruill moved his law practice here from Henderson, North Carolina.
“With this move to the historic Rocky Mount Mills, we are renewing and strengthening our commitment to this community and region,” said Timothy Wilson, partner at Poyner Spruill. “To be able to do that from a space this beautiful and this cool, surrounded by other professionals in a really vibrant campus setting, just makes us better.”
The eastern hub of Teach For America (TFA), a nonprofit organization working for educational equity in the region, moved into Rocky Mount Mills in October 2019. It’s a homecoming of sorts as TFA opened in 1990 in Rocky Mount as one of the original Teach For America sites before moving to the Triangle region for many years.
“We have deep roots in Rocky Mount, and we’ve come to realize how critical it is to be located in the rural communities we serve,” said Andrew Lakis, executive director of Teach For America Eastern North Carolina. “There are incredible assets in this region, and our vision is aligned with the Mills’ vision to create a space full of energy where community can be built for a more vibrant and inclusive future for all.”
The Wasserstrom Company, a restaurant supply company, moved its headquarters and about 15 employees to Rocky Mount Mills in December 2019.
North American Energy Services (NAES), one of the world’s largest power plant operating companies, moved their local team of about 10 employees into the Mills in September 2019.
Infranet Technologies Group, a company providing network solutions for business critical network infrastructures, moved 20 employees to Rocky Mount Mills in December. COO Bill Long was born and raised and still lives in Tarboro. “In the tech industry, we are looking for creative ways to hire and retain tech talent,” said Long. “The Mills provides a fun and energic atmosphere in such a unique and historical workplace, full of character and awesome views of the Falls.”
“These new tenants are a welcome addition to our community-focused campus,” said Matt Honeycutt, Real Estate Development Manager at Rocky Mount Mills, “Bringing on new and diverse companies allows for people to work and relax on our unique campus but also enables them to connect with each other and be inspired.”
“Last week I looked out my window at the river and saw a bald eagle soaring over the mill pond, said Timothy Wilson. “What could be more inspirational for a lawyer at his work?”
This spring, several more companies will be moving in at Rocky Mount Mills joining the ever-evolving campus, which currently features a coffee shop/bookstore, craft breweries, restaurants, office spaces, The Power House event venue, and a 20-unit tiny house hotel River & Twine. Rocky Mount Mills is a real-estate development project of Capitol Broadcasting Company, the diversified communications company whose past real-estate development projects include Durham’s vibrant American Tobacco Historic District and American Underground startup hub.
About Rocky Mount Mills:
Located along the Falls of the beautiful Tar River, Rocky Mount Mills is a development of historic proportions, bringing together residential, commercial, cultural, and entertainment amenities in one unique destination. The 82-acre campus of this restored cotton mill showcases a bold approach to historic preservation that honors the past while also breathing new life into this storied place. It’s a place to wander, to explore and be surprised — a place to craft your own story. To learn more about Rocky Mount Mills, go to www.rockymountmills.com.