Business Park Growth
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
In recognizing Economic Development Week in Holly Springs, the story of the town’s growth cannot be told without highlighting one of the town’s most impressive features. The Holly Springs Business Park is the most well-known secret in the industry according to site selectors, the consultants who travel around the country looking for the best places for companies to locate headquarters or expand their operations. If you live in Holly Springs, you may not realize that the town has spent the last 15 years building an immense business park hidden within its borders and that forward-looking vision has made Holly Springs one of the most attractive destinations for companies to set up shop in North Carolina.
"This was no accident," said Irena Krstanovic, Holly Springs Economic Development Director. "We knew our town had the potential to grow exponentially, so the town designated 600 acres of land for business growth, knowing its value down the road. We identified sites, certified those sites to measure viability of development, then made sure we had the sewer, water, all the infrastructure necessary to make companies take notice of how easy it would be to transition to Holly Springs."
The town’s economic development team also mapped out trends and identified the sectors of the economy that would be an ideal fit for Holly Springs. One such industry was life sciences. In the early 2000s there were about 500 life science companies in North Carolina, mainly in the larger metropolitan areas of the state. Holly Springs knew the future was bright for this industry and strategized how to bring these desired companies to town. Now, Holly Springs is home to companies like pharmaceutical manufacturer Seqirus (formerly Novartis), and automation and information solutions company RoviSys. Work continues to bring more of these companies to the business park.
Existing businesses are now expanding operations in the park and new businesses are under construction. Seqirus is building additional warehouse space and has added square footage to increase their vaccine making capacity. Currently under construction is a 90,000 square foot distribution center for Ferguson, the nation’s largest US wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies. Also coming to Green Oaks Parkway is Peak Fall Protection, a safety equipment supplier. In addition, the business park will soon be home to a flex space to provide room for companies of all sizes, collectively adding 250 new jobs.
"It is heartwarming in this time of uncertainty to see all the construction going on around the business park," said Krstanovic. "We cannot wait for these companies to soon open their doors and grow here in Holly Springs."
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