5A-Sunday, Febniary 26, 1995 THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT INSIGHT ’95 The arena The new Sampson County Livestock Arena, set to open in April, contains a sale and showroom, meeting room, and classroom space. Construction is neariy completed on the livestock pens, as well as other areas of the facility. The arena is located on U.S. 421. County’s livestock facflity a dream now becoming a reality By Susan Welch Staff Writtr Four mcmths ago, the new Sampson County Livestock Arena was a dream on paper, but since the groundbreaking in June, the dream has gradually t^ai shape, and the completed $1,000,000 facility is slated to ^icially open for busing in April. According to Gea-ge Upton, director rf the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Service, a livestock .show and sale has been tentatively scheduled for the first of April and the facility is expected to become the regirai’s center for many such evaits. Upton said construction of the new arena goes hand-in4iand with Sanpson County’s status as one (rf the fastest- growing cattle producing states in the southeast One factor that triggered this frfieno- inenal growth, Upton said, was the county’s hog industry. According to state environmental laws the waste, or “effluent” from hog la goons, cannot be allowed to contaminate die watCT s^jply. It must be drained off and used in another manner. The Sanqjson County Coqiwative Extension Service has virtually pkmeered die development of a system that recycles the effluent from the hog lagoons into a powerful fertilizra" which can be used to mrich bermuda grass, in turn harvested for cattle. In essoice, a ^int^ of one industry (hog production) has become a major industry in its own right. Upton said not only wiU the new arena accommodate a growing agricultural industry, it will replace a building that has played a pivotal rde in the growth of Sampson County’s livestock industry, but has admittedly seen its day. Built in 1961, the old livestock arma, located behind the county complex ai Rowan Road, is crowded and in disrepair. The new arma will be larger, 150 feet by 325 feet, and will contain a sale and show room that will .seat 200 people, a meeting room that will seat 80 people, and classroom space. The aitire facility, with the exception of the animal pens in the back of the building, will be heated and air condi tioned, an amenity not present in the old facility. The arena can be used for livestock shows and sales, 4-H shows and sales, youth judging events, and educational events using live animals, among other uses. Funding for the new arena came from a combination of both state and county mcmey. According to Upton, the Sairprson County Board rf Commissioners peti tioned die state legislature and the N.C. Departmait of Agriculture for money the state had allocated to arxrther project, a proposed produce facility in Roseboro. “That project nevo- got off the groimd,” Upton said in an earlier inter view, “and the state agreed to funnel the money into the livestock arena.” Afro- bids were let, the county selected ttiree contractors, one of which is local, to complete the project Dixie General Contractor Wallace was awarded the genoul contract for the facility. The plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical contracts were awarded to Clinton Mechanical Contractors and Watson Electrical rf Wilson “All lean say is it’s going to be as nice as they come, and serve a useful pur pose,” Upton said of the arena. “I think it will do an awful lot for Samp.son County’s livestock industry, serving as a regioiial cotter for both industry events and sales.” Carroll’s one of largest integrated agribusinesses in the nation By Jeanne Schoninger StafT Intern Carroll’s Foods, Inc. was founded in 1939 by O.S. Carroll. Originally, Car- roll’s was a com grist mill and elevator opaation. Still owned by family mon- bas of O.S. Carroll, Carroll’s Foods, Inc. is now one d die largest, totally inte grated agribusiness in the United States. N.C. Marble blend of technology, skills Nrath Carolina Marble and Granite Company was formed in 1960 by the merga trf New Bern Monumait Com pany and Clinton Memorial Waks. N.C. Marble & Granite is currently managed by fourth memaialist (^liiKy Edgerton, though Edgertai’s paraits, Harold and Mary Edgerton, continue to be a vital jrart the company tperatioa The company saves an area that ranges nearly ICO miles fian its location in Satipson County. According to Edgerton, “Our opera- ticHi is a unique blend of ancient skills and modem techndogy.” Stone cutters using hand held hammers and diisels, work in caijunction with diamond tipped cutting and polishing tools to create lasting memorials. Designs whidi reflect the life of a person are created using state rf the art computa-assisted drawing systems. The chosen inscriptions arxl designs are deqjly aigraved into the solid granite using a high pressure stream of steel abrasive. N.C. Marble and Granite Cranpany has nine employees at the Clinton plant A large sales force is in place aaoss the market area served by the fimL “The ccarpany is cenitinually seeking to upgrade its production method artd design epabilities, as well as improve the communicadcai between various sales dfices and the Clintcm location, so as to provide even better savice to our cliai- tele,” EdgertOTL Carroll’s is the second largest pork produco" with swine facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Utah and Mexico. Swine are grown on com pany and contract farms in state-of-the- art confinemait facilities with environ mentally sound waste disposal facilities. Smithfield Foods, Inc., the leading East Coast packer in which Carroll’s has a substantid ownership, market the ma tured animals. Carroll’s entered the poultry industry with only a few houses. Now, (Carroll’s is one of the largest turkey jjroducers in the nation. Newly hatched turkeys are raised by contract growing partners. Growas provide the facilities, utilities and labor while Carroll’s ptrovides the birds, feed and technical support. Once the birds reach market weight, they are processed and marketed through Cardina Turkeys, which is jdntly owned by Carroll’s and Goldsbcxo Milling Company. Carolina Turkeys is the largest turkey processor and marketo’ in the United States. An in-house laboratory allows Car- rdl’s to test incoming ingredients and outgdng feed. Carroll’s jx^uces feed in four manufacturing plants and over AOO vdiicles provide fe^ delivay, sCTvice and aninial transportatioa Thousands o[ acres of crep land are farmed to sipport the animal operations and to suppty adequate facilities for nutrient recycling. Cmoll’s possesses a leading edge in flie field of agriculture because of its environmental outlook and attentive utilization of resources. Carroll’s attributes the success of the business to highly ktwwledgeable and experienced associates arxl growers who strive to improve their products. In 1991, Carroll’s Foods purchased exclusive rights to the National Pig Development breeding stock. N P.D. animals are noted fox' their lean carcasses. In 1992, a two day epen house extravaganza for the new 17,(XX) square foot office facility was held at Carroll’s. Carroll’s broke ground for a new feed mill in Laurinburg in 1993. The mill can produce 13,5(X) tons of feed per week. A joint venture in Utah began in 1993. It is projected that the vaiture wiU grow to a size of 117,(XX) sows with a supporting feed mill and fresh meat processing plant EASTERN CAROLINA MEDICAL CENTER DR. P.K. VYAS DR. WILLIAM ADAIR, JR. 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