Partnership Success

Edenton and Chowan County has experienced many expansions over the last few years. Much of the success can be attributed to an engaged Mayor and Town Council and the Town Of Edenton Town Manager besides Chowan County Manager and the Chowan County Board of Commissioners.

All these important stakeholders are all working together to help foster a positive business environment as well as providing a strong partnership between the Edenton Chowan Partnership and the Town of Edenton-Chowan County business community. The Town of Edenton-Chowan County values economic development, underscored by the following case studies.

Case Studies

The benefits of living and doing business in Edenton, NC.

Jimbo’s Jumbos

The Town of Edenton secured a $450,000 block grant in 2016 allowing Jimbo’s Jumbos, a firm that processes peanuts for companies from all over the world, to pursue a 200,000 square-foot expansion with a water and electrical system upgrade and road improvements. In turn, the company created 78 new jobs. “Without the help of the Edenton Chowan Partnership donating eight (8) acres of land they owned to help with the completion of our 200,000 square-foot expansion, plus the help from the Town of Edenton, we may have had to make other decisions as to where we put our expansion and may have had to relocate somewhere else,” said Hal Burns, general manager at Jimbo’s Jumbos. It is one example of a partnership in which town officials, the economic development non-profit organization- Edenton Chowan Partnership and an existing local business worked together toward a common goal of benefiting the local economy.

Steven’s Towing Company

Simon Rich, III, and Stevens Towing Company of North Carolina wanted to expand their presence in Chowan County at the United Piece and Dye Plant on the Chowan River and asked the Edenton Chowan Partnership for not only support for this project but also to help navigate through the various zoning regulations in order to make this project viable.  Over the last fifteen years, Mr. Rich and his company have demonstrated their commitment to our region and have provided us with a major service that has become increasingly important to industrial development.  Increasing, their clients were asking about barge services that can move materials to ports along the East coast.  Stevens Towing has demonstrated consistently its ability to serve important industrial clients in our region, such as MiTek and Nucor Steel.  The expansion of Stevens Towing and Barge Company resulted in a major investment in order to begin operations in attracting other industrial clients to Northeastern North Carolina.

Key Employers Serving Chowan County

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