|Ironwood Farms Holds Ground Breaking for New Facility in Cheraw, SC|
|October 2, 2012|
|For Immediate Release
Contact: Brenda Workman, Chesterfield County Economic Development Board, 843.623.6500
Ironwood Farms, LLC Holds Ground Breaking for New Facility in Cheraw, SC
$2.5 - $ 4 million investment expected to generate 50 new jobs, spin-offs new like minded companies, in a sustainable business hub.
CHERAW, S.C. – October 11, 2012 – The Chesterfield County Economic Development Board and Alliance today announces today that Ironwood Farms, LLC has broken ground on an organic soil amendment and sustainable fertilizer research and production facility in Cheraw, SC. The $2.5 - $4 million investment by Ironwood Farms over the next three years will create 50 new jobs and is expected to generate a significant number of additional spin offs and attract like-minded businesses. Several businesses have already committed to co-locate. Circle Organics and Stalite Corporation, North Carolina, will join in the first year.
Ironwood principal, Ron Danise, and partner Larry Martin, Vermitechnology, addressed a large crowd gathered at the Cheraw State Park Club House. Ironwood’s partners spoke extolling Ironwood’s products. Chuck Friedribh, Stalite Corporation, explained how the company uses Ironwood’s products in bio-remediation. Stalite will operate a product bagging facility at the Ironwood site. Jasmine Nguyen, Jasmine Global, S.E. Asia, highlighted how she enables the remediation of agent-orange-destroyed land in Vietnam through Ironwood’s products. George Frye, Transgolf, John’s Island, shared how Ironwood’s products are used to enhance golf course and sports turfs. Spence Rosenfeld, Arborguard, highlighted how Ironwood’s products are used, with spectacular results, in arbor tree applications in Atlanta and other areas. Ironwood’s products are sold by Circle Organics and by Biltmore House Naturals.
Ron Danise noted, “In working with local officials and the office of economic development, this site was carefully chosen over others seemingly better suited in terms of location and condition of operational facilities. The re-use and re-dedication of a former textile and textile printing facility located in Cheraw and known as the Pyramid property represents an important step in philosophies and practices in the creation of a center for sustainable communities.”
Ironwood Farms will house an on-site laboratory for research and testing of biological and microbial activity counts in its vermi-culture products and by-products with a goal to continuously explore potentials for linking healthy soil and fertilizer techniques to food production and ultimately clean water resources critical to Ironwood’s future.
Education and community involvement are also key elements in the core philosophies of the partners involved. As such, Ironwood will partner with Northeastern Technical College and Ready SC to jointly create and adopt a specialized curriculum and training program in conjunction with Mr. Danise who is a certified Arborist and trainer. Mr. Danise will also serve as an environmental consultant and member of the newly formed Chesterfield County Economic Development Alliance.
“The location of Ironwood Farms in Chesterfield County at the Cheraw facility will establish Cheraw as a base with new jobs, new mindsets and research based on green and sustainable technology.” said County Council member Crawford Moore. “This will change the economic landscape of a former urban Brownfield site in a distressed area” said County Council member Lenora Powe. "The location of Ironwood Farms will transform the old Pyramid textile site into a productive enterprise - a welcome addition to my district" said County Councilman Robert Cole.
“Economic development is very important to Cheraw and we welcome Ironwood Farms to Cheraw.” added Mayor Andy Ingram. Town Councilman Reid McBride joined, “I am very pleased that the County, the Town, and Anointed Word Church who owned the property, joined together to enable Ironwood to locate in an area that needs revitalization.” Moore, Powe, Cole, McBride and Ingram worked in tandem with the office of economic development to help bring Ironwood Farms to Cheraw. County Council Chairman Matt Rivers was also instrumental in the process.
The decision by Ironwood Farms provides Chesterfield County and Cheraw with the opportunity to work with Ironwood Farms, Northeastern Technical College, ReadySC and other partners to develop and grow a green and sustainable technology center.” said Brenda Workman, Executive Director of Chesterfield County Economic Development Board. “The on-site R&D is an added bonus. I like Mr. Danise’s vision – ‘Sustainability begins with profitability.’ The location of Ironwood underwrites the Town of Cheraw’s and Chesterfield County Council’s direction in creating jobs and moving Chesterfield County forward.” said Workman.
About Ironwood Farms, LLC
Ironwood Farms, LLC was formed in 2008 with the intention of developing a Chesterfield County facility. More than a quarter of a million dollars has already been invested in agricultural land and enterprises throughout the county, representing the commitment made to relocate. Associated companies have been in business for several decades. The companies produce, blend, warehouse and distribute premium quality environmentally safe, all natural organic soil amendments, fertilizers, and related products for use in horticultural, tree and agricultural applications.
The Founder and President, Ron Danise, is an ISA Certified Arborist who has worked in the field of arboriculture since 1974. He has won numerous awards for his work in ‘green’ technology and his development of sustainable fertilizers and soil amendments.
Mr. Danise has spent over 35 years observing and studying the working eco-systems found in nature and developing methods for producing products of unmatched quality and effectiveness. Highlights include an impressive client list using products & applications in agriculture, horticulture, landscape, residential, rooftop gardens, golf courses, and athletic fields of notable colleges and universities. ‘Sustainability begins with profitability.’ – Ron Danise
Brenda Workman, Executive Director
Chesterfield County Economic Development Board