The city’s business community has a new member, and they say they plan on being an active corporate citizen.
Eagle Carports has announced it has purchased the former John S. Clark Company building and are relocating the firm’s corporate offices and national headquarters to the county.
The company, established in 1997, has until recently maintained its headquarters in nearby Carroll County, Virginia.
Eagle Carports manufactures and markets steel carports, garages, storage buildings and commercial buildings custom-sized to the customer’s requirements.
The company has more than 150 employees and has operations in 30 states, according to vice president Alicia Torres.
“We have manufacturing plants in Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Georgia and New Mexico,” she said.
Todd Tucker, president of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership, said he thinks the company will be a great asset to the county.
“We’re obviously very exicted to have Eagle Carports bring their headquarters to Surry County,” he said. “They currently have a great manufacturing facility here and this will be a great complement to that facility.”
Torres said the impetus for the move was simple: The company is growing.
“We just needed more room,” she said from her office in Cana, Virginia. “We’ve been looking at and trying to purchase the property for the past year, and it just became finalized a couple of weeks ago.”
While she said leaving her “second home” in Carroll County is bittersweet, she said she is looking forward to the relocation.
“We’re pretty excited,” she said. “We really needed the room in order to grow our business.”
Torres said the entire corporate operation will be based in the new Airport Drive location.
And it could mean a few additional jobs in Surry County if all goes well, she added.
“We’re moving our whole operation there and are hoping to be able to hire more people as we grow,” Torres said. “We’re needing several people right now in different positions and we’re confident we will be able to find them in Mount Airy.”
At the moment, the company employs 42 people in Mount Airy, Torres added.
But the move still tugs at her heartstrings.
“It’s a little sad to leave because it’s been like my second home since 1997,” she said of the Cana location. “But we needed to make the change and we’re ready for it.”
Torres said she and her husband Gabriel, who serves as company president, intend to contribute to their new community.
“We intend to make valuable contributions to this community and to be good citizens in Mount Airy,” she said. “We’re really excited about coming to North Carolina and the chance to help the community there