Historic Triple Ribbon Cutting at old Rock-Tenn Building Highlights Business Revival

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February 20, 2018
Larry D. Miller Commerce ComplexOn Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the McDowell Chamber of Commerce conducted an historic, triple Ribbon Cutting touring the new offices of two long-time businesses and introducing the realty arm of G.E.M. Constructors at the Larry D. Miller Business Complex (formerly Rock-Tenn).

One business, TalentForce, found itself needing a new home on short notice. That's when Branch Manager Annette Charlton called Chad Marsh, the vice president of G.E.M. Constructors, for help. Marsh was able to quickly upgrade the office space in the old building with new paint, partition wall, and new lighting. He even helped them move into their new space (33 Burgin Street). TalentForce President Bobby Walker and Charlton are very pleased with the space and are excited to continue to serve McDowell County by putting people back to work through its employment services. In the 20 years they have been in business, they have established solid relationships with area businesses and know what employers are looking for and how to help their clients find the right fit. 

"We couldn't be more pleased with our new space," Charlton said. "It fits our needs very well and we are happy to be right in downtown." 
Rocket Sled Design and Marketing
Also celebrating its new location in the space is Rocket Sled Design and Marketing, owned and operated by Chris and Jan Allison. Chris launched Rocket Sled after leaving a 20-year marketing career in corporate America to focus his talents on helping small business and his community with his varied talents. Chris offers everything from logo design to full website design, SEO, video, and social media projects. An avid and exceptional photographer, Chris enjoys the creative license that having his own business offers. "We offer a wide range of services and are very proud to be working with several community businesses and organizations to help them with their marketing needs," said Chris. One of his current projects include a collaborative effort among the McDowell County Tourism and Development, the City of Marion, and the McDowell Chamber titled, Go To McDowell. The comprehensive website offers visitors a host of information at their fingertips from places to go and things to do to county officials and historical facts. There is also a widget that pulls in social feeds from the prominent businesses and hot spots in the county. Chris said he is looking forward to meeting clients in his new space and being in the heart of a growing and energetic downtown. Visit Rocket Sled Design for more information.

Larry D. Miller Commerce ComplexAppropriately housed in its latest commercial venture, G.E.M. Constructors, introduced Miller Realty and Development. The new realty division is headed by Jan Allison, a longtime McDowell resident and successful realtor and business woman. Along with helping her husband Chris run the marketing company, Jan handles the sales and marketing of the new Larry D. Miller Business Complex. Miller Realty and Development handles both commercial and residential real estate in the Western North Carolina area. Jan helps potential  commercial clients looking to locate to the Complex see the vision of the company-a thriving retail and business center offering visitors and residents new places to dine, things for families and young adults to do such as the skating rink, event center, and arcade planned for the space, as well as convenient office space for businesses looking to make their mark in Marion and beyond.

"I'm proud to be a part of this project," said Jan. "There is so much potential in the space and we will build to suit for our clients." She can also assist those looking to relocate their business here find the right residential property.

Local dignitaries including Mayor Steve Little, City Manager Bob Boyette, and Downtown Business Association Director Freddie Killough were on hand to offer congratulations and share their enthusiasm for the project. Chamber Director Steve Bush, chamber ambassadors, and local business leaders also participated and welcomed the tenants into the Chamber family.

Attendees of the historic event were provided a tour of the Complex by Chad Marsh, vice president of G.E.M. Constructors and Miller Realty Development. You can view the full tour HERE

For more information on the Complex or the businesses here, please visit their websites or contact Jan Allison at 828.442.7156.
Steve Bush, Executive Director
(828) 652-4240



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