Leaders Gather for Delphine Enterprise Center Grand Opening

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A former textile plant with a sad legacy of layoffs is getting a new life in Waynesboro.  Developers of the Delphine Enterprise Center are transforming the complex into a business park, where all the tenants are under one roof.

Nearly 500,000 square feet of building space is ready for redevelopment in the former home of the Mohawk carpet factory.  Production gradually ground to a halt in 2009, putting hundreds of people out of work.

"Anytime a company is forced out of a facility like this, it creates a real drag on the regional economy," said Rebecca Polan with Allied Logistics.  "So it's a real opportunity to put people back to work."

Local and state officials join Waynesboro business representatives for an open house that aims to ignite the Delphine Enterprise Center.

"It's very, very big for the community," said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng.  "It means that really great entrepreneurs have faith in the community, faith in the workforce, faith in being able to attract companies here."

Waynesboro Director of Economic Development Greg Hitchin said, "It's absolutely huge having a local developer be in control of this property, especially a local developer that has experience in managing these kinds of flex spaces."

The developer, Allied Logistics, has already overseen the repurposing of the former Genicom plant.  Now it's betting on the enterprise center on South Delphine Avenue, just a half-mile from the interstate and with direct rail access.  Allied aims to create a business incubator, where employers can carve out the space they need, and save money by sharing resources.

 "It allows you to focus on your research, your development, your marketing... all the things that help you make money," Polan said.

The Delphine Enterprise Center has already attracted a lumber distribution company, and is in talks to house a steel fabricator.