Updates on Rocky Mount Mills

If you spent a crisp, colorful November afternoon by the falls of the Tar River near Rocky Mount Mills, you may have gotten a sneak preview of some of the exciting things brewing at the historic site. Over the last four months, construction has continued on the Koi Pond Brewing Company taproom, the latest renovation project on the historic site. Rocky Mount Mills has been a labor of love since day one, cultivating a project that is the perfect combination of history, innovation and economic development.  

 

N.C. Craft Brewers Guild Featured in the Charlotte Business Journal

In an article in the Charlotte Business Journal, Margo Knight Metzger, executive director of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild, emphasized the financial impact of craft breweries. 

"The gist of it is, making craft beer an economic development tool for eastern North Carolina. I think this project has the potential to put Rocky Mount on the map for manufacturing again, as well as make it a bona fide tourism destination," she said.

This revitalization effort is spearheaded by Capital Broadcasting Company, which has owned the Rocky Mount Mills property since 2007. They are transforming the mill village into North Carolina’s first incubator for craft-beer makers.

 

Of course, it’s simple to make plans—putting those dreams into action requires an entirely different skill set of both inspiration and perspiration. Residents and visitors alike are fascinated and thrilled to watch some of the latest developments. If you’ve missed the latest news, no worries, we’ve compiled some of the highlights here.

The Word is Out: Rocky Mount Mills Featured on UNC-TV

Representatives from UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend”  visited the Rocky Mount Mills in late summer on a scouting mission for a potential story. They were greeted by smiling Rocky Mount professionals from the Twin Counties Here’s to Success organization. You can check out some pictures from their visit by going to the UNC-TV Facebook posts. (Host Deborah Holt Noel looks really fascinated by that old-fashioned telephone!)

Mending Fences & Vandalism in Rocky Mount

The chainlink fence running along Falls Road was a necessary eyesore. The fence was as a protective measure after the vandalism and violence that occurred during the 1959 Harriet Henderson Mills Strike in Henderson, NC. The fence is now down, a symbolic indication of a brighter future. Speaking of symbols, the Rocky Mount Mills have unveiled a wonderful series of logos with the theme "Craft Your Story."

Cheers to New Neighbors (and more to come!)

Sweet Taters Restaurant & Brewery and Koi Pond Brewing Company are two of the new faces at Rocky Mount Mills. There are some wonderful photographs highlighting construction and renovation progress. Sweet Taters is scheduled to locate in the Rocky Mount Mills area early next year.

 

You can also check out photo highlights for “move-in day” for Koi Pond Brewing Company. Another tenant, Springboard NC, is a company dedicated to supporting and fostering entrepreneurship in I-95 / Hwy 64 region of Eastern North Carolina. 

"We Run this Mill"

The Rocky Mount Mills is partnering with Tar River Running Company (TRRC) to bring a 5K, food truck rodeo and outdoor concert to the historic area. The www.mill5k.com informational website is already up and running (pardon our pun!) 

As an additional bonus, the TRRC will be offering a special Rocky Mount "Triple Pack" that gives runners one discounted entry to the three area races! The Triple Pack will include the Sweetheart 5k (Feb), the Nash Health Care Rocket Mile (May) and the Rocky Mount Mills 5k (June).

Craft Breweries in North Carolina

The craft brewing industry is making a huge economic impact on North Carolina. In 2005, legislatures were told that a the microbrewing industry could create 300 jobs. A decade later, breweries have created 2,700 jobs with an additional 7,000 jobs stemming from related employment such as cashiers, truck drivers and barley growers. Organizers of the local incubator believe the best is yet to come for the project.

We’ll raise a glass to that.

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