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Freudenberg IT Expands

Freudenberg, a Germany-based data management firm, has signed a new lease for about 27,000 square feet at Keystone Tech 8 on Davis Drive in Keystone Technology Park owned by Longfellow Real Estate Partners.

Freudenberg IT manages cloud data services focused on hosting-mission critical AP applications for its clients. Since opening its first office in Durham in 2006, the company has experienced consistent growth as it serves its diversified base of clients allowing the company to grown it highly skilled workforce to approximately 150 employees.

As a result of the expansion, the company plans to add up to another 150 employees.

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Key Investor Spotlight: AW North Carolina

AW North Carolina Inc. (AWNC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aisin AW Co., Ltd. of Japan, is a specialized manufacturing company of automatic transmissions and transmission components. It was established in Durham, NC, in 1998. While Aisin AW makes Automatic Transmissions for various vehicle makers globally with 15% world market share, AWNC’s primary customers are Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s assembly and component plants throughout North America.

AWNC is operating from two (2) plants, in Durham and Creedmoor with a total of 2000 plus employees. The Durham plant is the headquarters and is nestled on a 123-acre site in Treyburn Corporate Park. Acquired in 2014 is the Creedmoor plant which is 16 miles away from the headquarters and on 44-acre of land.

AWNC produces fully assembled automatic transmissions from small, medium to high torque capacity. We also manufacture transmission components that are used widely around the world such as torque converters, clutch assemblies, and carriers. All our products are produced with quality in mind, following the highest standards of production control, engineering, quality assurance and manufacturing.

After more than a decade of success, growth and contributing revenue to the City of Durham, we are determined to be the leader in our industry. Our commitment to quality is rooted in our corporate philosophy “Quality Supremacy,” empowering us to consistently exceed our customers’ expectations with high quality, cutting edge products. Behind AWNC’s quality products are the skill and knowledge of our Team Members who help the company maintain a good reputation in the manufacturing industry.

AWNC’s manufacturing processes utilize automated and robotic operations in our world class facility. Trained and skilled professionals oversee each phase of the process to ensure high quality-assured products.


Not only do we value our Team Members and the quality of our products, but also our environment and surrounding communities. Inside our manufacturing plant, we follow 5S standard (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain). Our goal is to have a pleasant, clean and safe working environment for our Team Members.

Safety is a core value at AWNC. Team Members receive safety training from the day they get hired and continuing monthly training for safety awareness. We are committed to ensure that our Team Members return home to their families, unharmed. Team members are also reminded every day that our products’ quality is someone else’s safety and that Toyota and its customers are depending upon the safety of our automatic transmissions.

Becoming an essential part of the Durham community and caring for surrounding communities is also important to us. We support non-profit organizations such as Community Schools of Durham and East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) to help improve environment, health and education. These endeavors add to the quality of our company.

AWNC’s corporate slogan is “Quality People, Quality Products”. We firmly believe in this philosophy. Since it is PEOPLE who manufacture things, manufacturing is impossible unless PEOPLE are developed.

Going forward to celebrate our 20th anniversary next year, AWNC’s quality Team Members continue to strive in producing high quality Automatic Transmissions.
robot process iNLINE TMs

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Durham Chamber, ReCity Network Join Forces for Economic, Social Impact

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and ReCity Network, an emerging hub for social impact with non-profits, faith-based organizations, and mission-driven businesses, announce a new strategic partnership to build on the Bull City’s record of economic success and drive next-generation leadership.

Under the terms of the agreement, ReCity Network joins hundreds of industry leaders as a Durham Chamber Key Investor. This group of businesses are part of the Durham Chamber’s strategic initiative to shape Durham for sustained economic development through shared vision, shared ideas, creation of business opportunities and solving statewide problems.

ReCity Network’s 12,000-square-foot co-working, meeting, and event space located near the intersection of Broadway and Mangum Streets in downtown Durham will serve as the host site for future Durham Chamber meetings and events. Events will be selected by ReCity and Durham Chamber leadership in an effort to promote collaboration among the organizations and their respective members, as the two groups focus on social entrepreneurship, impact, and innovation.

According to Rob Shields, founding Executive Director of ReCity Network, the Durham Chamber strategic partnership is not just a big win for the emerging social impact hub, but for the city itself. “The Durham Chamber has, over the last decade, set the gold standard for collaboration and innovation for local economic development associations,” said Shields. “The leadership team at the chamber is known for being flexible and attentive to the needs of all stakeholders, including our core constituents of non-profits, churches, and mission-driven organizations. We are very proud to join forces with the Durham Chamber and build a future of shared success for all who call Durham home.”

“As the official economic development agency in Durham County, the Durham Chamber has played an integral role in attracting and retaining businesses and cultivating talent – helping Durham’s economy thrive,” said Geoff Durham. “ReCity has shown the potential to engage even more of Durham’s citizenry through community empowerment and we look forward to partnering with them in the future.”

About ReCity Network

Founded in 2016, ReCity Network is Durham’s hub for social impact. More than three dozen non-profits, faith-based organizations, and mission-driven businesses call the ReCity Network’s 12,000-square-foot home for co-working, meetings, and events aimed at fostering collaboration and sparking innovation that defines a new era of shared success among all residents of the Bull City.

About the Durham Chamber

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is the leading economic development organization in Durham.  Innovation, economic development and business empowerment are the heart of this thriving pro-active business leadership organization.

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Atlanta-based Software Firm Opens Satellite Office in Durham

Jarrell, an Atlanta-based software firm, opened their Durham satellite office this week in an effort to better serve businesses in the burgeoning Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

“We have been looking for the perfect place to expand our footprint and opening an office within this area seemed like a no-brainer” said Jarrell CEO, Mike Jarrell. “We see a lot of opportunity for continued growth based on the technology boom that is taking place there currently.”

Jarrell, founded in 2013, has seen rapid expansion over the last three years with 100% year-over-year growth in 2016. Jarrell specializes in serving small to medium-sized companies who have enterprise-level IT problems but don’t have enterprise-level IT budgets; they have also served some of the most recognizable brands around the globe, such as Chick-fil-a, The Home Depot and Verizon.

“We are targeting companies who need help with custom app development and eCommerce solutions”, said Matt Dial, Jarrell’s Vice President of Sales. “We are confident that our team of experts can bring a level of excellence to the Research Triangle that hasn’t been seen there before.”

Jarrell has made a name for itself over the last two years, being named a Top 25 Most Promising IT Companies of 2016 by Outsourcing Gazette, recognized as the Best of Gwinnett IT Company for 2016 and, most recently, was the 2016 Best of Atlanta winner in the software category.

Jarrell’s new satellite office will be located in Mercury Studio on W. Geer Street.

For more information about Jarrell, please visit

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Pharmacy…Watches…Now Pie!

It was known as “The Corner” to longtime East Durham residents. Built in the 1920s, the building has served as a pharmacy, physician’s office, watch repair shop, barber shop and convenience store.  But the iconic location, found on the corner of Angier and Driver will find new life when it becomes home to the East Durham Pie Company later this year.

A year ago, East Durham Pie Company launched what would become a successful Kickstarter, raising $24,000 in support of a proposed storefront location. In January of 2017, the owners signed a lease on 406 Driver and are currently in the process of designing, permitting and more.

When it opens, the East Durham Pie Company will be the first new retail to open in Old East Durham since Joe’s Diner (which later closed in 2015). Ali Rudel, owner of East Durham Pie Company selected this location because Old East Durham is also her neighborhood; Rudel lives five minutes away. Her home is certified as a home bakery.

East Durham pies can be found in in several locations in Durham and weekly at a Ponysaurus pop-up.

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Investor Spotlight: Durham Performing Arts Center

In nine years, Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) has indisputably become one of America’s great modern theaters while spearheading a significant urban renaissance. The crown jewel of Downtown Durham’s redevelopment, DPAC’s is a success story like no other:
DPAC has been listed at Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today national industry publications among the top 5 US theaters its size for ticket sales for the past six years.
SunTrust Broadway at DPAC which brings the newest and best musicals from New York and London to its stage, the theater has hosted over three million guests since it opened November 2008.
Since its opening, DPAC has generated an economic impact of over $500 million.
“Our top priority has always been to be our guests’ favorite place for live entertainment – and that shows in DPAC’s rising attendance and its ranking as one of the top U.S. venues every year,” said Bob Klaus, DPAC’s general manager. Durham Mayor William Bell concurred: “We’ve had great performances, great shows and a great facility in terms of the way it looks, the way it feels and the employees that work there. The success is astounding.”
From its award-winning design by Szostak Design of Chapel Hill, to its fine-tuned acoustic excellence and

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Welcome New Durham 2.0 Investor

The Durham Chamber would like to welcome its newest Durham 2.0 investor – Genesys.
Genesys powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. We put the customer at the center of everything we do and passionately believe that great customer engagement drives great business outcomes. More than 10,000 companies in over 100 countries trust the industry’s #1 customer experience platform to orchestrate seamless omnichannel customer journeys and build lasting relationships. With a strong track record of innovation and a never-ending desire to be first, Genesys is the only company recognized by top industry analysts as a leader in both cloud and on-premise customer engagement solutions. Visit
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to have Genesys join the Key Investors group!

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It’s Festival Season!

It’s that time of year – when spring brings everything back to life – and in Durham, that is an understatement!  The city will be buzzing with several great festivals including Full Frame Film Fest, Taste 2017, Art of Cool and Moogfest!
April 6-9:  Full Frame Film Festival is celebrating 20 years.  This year’s event will feature a special programming change. The festival’s thematic program, typically featuring films addressing a specific area of interest, will be a cinematic look back on 20 years of Full Frame. Curated by Artistic Director Sadie Tillery, the commemorative retrospective will highlight many of the notable films, filmmakers, and special moments that have distinguished Full Frame since it was founded in 1998.  Don’t miss two new free parties: the Late Night Birthday Bash (free, open to the public) at 21c on Thursday, April 6, and the Closing Night Party (free, open to the public) at 21c on Sunday, April 9. We’ll also host free panel discussions at The Durham Hotel (2nd floor) and outdoor screenings at Durham Central Park on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.  For more information, go to
April 20-23:  TASTE is the largest annual culinary event in the Triangle area and

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Investor Spotlight: Biogen

In 1995, Biogen broke ground on a site in RTP that was envisioned as a manufacturing site for biologic drugs at a time when “biomanufacturing” was largely an unknown term in the Triangle. Twenty-two years later, Biogen is the largest biotech company in the state with 1,300 employees across two RTP campuses supporting the company’s work in making progress against neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and ALS – and helping to inspire the next generation of science leaders.
Most weekday mornings, you’ll see a school bus parked in front of Biogen’s main entrance in RTP.  Students, mostly from Durham and Wake County schools, file through the company’s front doors along with Biogen employees beginning their day, and make their way down the hall to the Community Lab.
In the Community Lab, students get to be scientists as they work with Biogen employees to do business-relevant science experiments with the same state-of-the-art equipment that Biogen employees use every day in their work.
Lab manager Dr. Amanda Marvelle worked with teachers from Durham and Wake Counties to develop lab activities that answer the constant question teachers hear from students, “When will we ever use this?”
Not only are the Community Lab activities linked to grade-specific learning objectives,

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Durham Innovation District Breaks Ground on New Downtown Tech and Research Buildings

New Builds Open New Chapter
The buildings – under construction led by Barnhill Contracting – mark an important milestone for the award-winning Durham.ID, a 15-acre research hub and live-work-play campus that connects dynamic neighborhoods on the west side of the Bull City’s thriving downtown.
To date, execution of the master plan has primarily involved the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, such as the transformation of Carmichael Warehouse into the Triangle’s first urban located Class-A lab building, and of the 1916 Imperial Building into the sleek home of the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. 200 and 300 Morris are new buildings with a mission to further accommodate the burgeoning demand of innovative tenants in downtown Durham.
Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the largest academic research organization in the world, has signed a lease to occupy all 160,000 square feet of the office space in 200 Morris.
The DCRI conducts multinational clinical trials, manages major national patient registries and performs outcomes research. DCRI research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics. With its new location in 200 Morris, DCRI will consolidate operations adjacent to its other offices in the center of innovation activity in downtown.
Longfellow is well

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