WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005
getting some Dells
BY CAITLIN LEGACKI
Dell Inc. will open its third
domestic manufacturing plant
today in Winston-Salem, less than
a year after announcing its plans to
build in the region.
The plant is expected to employ
at least 1,500 people during the
next five years, according to com
Bob Leak, president of Winston-
Salem Business Inc., said growth
probably will expand well beyond
“Not only do we have the largest
computer manufacturing facility in
the world, but it also means there is
spin-off opportunity that will take
place around the plant,” he said.
The 750,000-square-foot plant
will produce Dell’s OptiPlex and
Dimension desktop computers,
said Dell spokesman Richard
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen
Joines said an economist hired by
the city projected an additional
2,000 to 4,ooojobs will be created
as a result of the facility.
“We are rebuilding our economy
based on a wide range of economic
sectors,” he said. “The Dell facility
represents one of those sectors,
which is advanced manufacturing
Joines said many of those jobs
will be created by Dell’s suppliers.
■ The Chapel Hill Town Council
committee on communications will
meet at 8 a.m. today in the confer
ence room of Town Hall to discuss
the 2005-06 Communications Plan
and to consider a request from the
greenways commission for use of a
pine cone logo.
■ Preschoolers and their adult
friends are invited to take part in
“Story Time” at 10 a.m. today at
the Paul Green Cabin. Garden sto
rybooks will be read followed by an
exploration of the garden.
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“Dell doesn’t have any inventory
and requires all suppliers to be able
to deliver within 90 minutes after
they place an order,” he said.
Leak said the plant already has
spurred growth in the surrounding
He said developers have begun
to construct about 800,000 feet
of additional space for companies
wanting to locate near Dell’s facil
Of that 800,000 square feet,
300,000 already has been leased
by Dell suppliers, he said.
Michael Walden, an economics
professor at N.C. State University,
said Dell fills a hole in the local
economy that was created by the
loss of textile, furniture and tobac
co jobs in the area.
“This is important for the
Winston-Salem area and for North
Carolina,” Walden said.
More than just the numbers, it is
the type of jobs being created that
will benefit the region, he said.
“The bulk of the jobs that they
have are jobs that don’t require
people coming in with a college
degree,” he said. “One of the rea
sons why the state was anxious to
get Dell was Dell provided a lot
of jobs for people with a limited
amount of training.”
Joines said the plant also is cre
ating diversified job opportunities
for Winston-Salem’s citizens.
527 of the Health Sciences Library.
Robert A. Hatcher, a professor in
the department of gynecology and
obstetrics at Emory University, will
present the program.
■ Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales will
give a public talk on Wikipedia at
3:30 p.m. today in Manning 209.
Wales set up the project, which is
the largest free online encyclope
dia, in early 2001.
■ The committee on University
government will meet at 4 p.m.
today in Carr Building 202. The
group proposes amendments to
provisions of faculty legislation,
among other things.
“The Dell plant offers a wide
range of jobs from entry level up
to engineers,” he said.
Joines said he expects Dell to
attract other high-tech companies
to the area.
“Because of the Dell plant, we’ve
had exposure in the Wall Street
Journal, New York Times and USA
Today,” he said.
“I think it will get the atten
tion of others who might not have
looked at us otherwise.”
Bill Canis, vice president of The
Manufacturing Institute, com
mended Winston-Salem for its
efforts to bring Dell to the area.
“Any community with the right
priorities would want a manufac
turing plant over any other kind of
facility,” he said.
Canis said manufacturers tend
to purchase significantly more
goods and services than other
industries and generate more rev
enue in their surrounding com
“For every $1 a manufacturer
spends, it will create $1.50 in other
business activities,” he said.
Joines said ultimately the Dell
plant is bringing a lot more than
jobs to Winston-Salem.
“I think it has created a spirit of
hope in our community,” he said.
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■ The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
office sponsors a weekly Social
Hour and a Half for the campus
community. Come from 5 p.m. to
6:30 p.m. today to Union 2510 for
free snacks and conversation.
■ The Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce, along with
Empowerment Inc. and WCHL
1360 AM, is hosting a forum for
candidates in the Carrboro mayoral
and Board of Aldermen races at 6
p.m. today at Carrboro Town Hall.
■ The Carolina Women’s
Center is co-sponsoring “Born
Palestinian, Born Black” with
Exhibit shows Halls faces
BY WILLIAM FONVIELLE
Because it now draws acts like
Tony Bennett, it might be hard to
believe that, for nearly three years,
the Memorial Hall stage hosted a
pile of rubble.
Local photographer Catharine
Carter, a UNC graduate, chronicles
the hall’s three-year renovation
process in “The Transformation of
Memorial Hall,” an exhibit on dis
play at the Chapel Hill Museum
through Oct. 22.
“Over my lifetime, I had seen so
many fabulous things there, and I
realized over the past 10 to 15 years
that the acts weren’t coming any
more,” she said.
Carter said she wished to record
the hall because it’s a “beautiful
venue with a sense of grandeur, but
it’s also very intimate.”
She said the concept was con
ceived when she viewed the reno
vation plans, which she said made
her head swell with the memory of
her father, former UNC professor
“My dad was a music profes
sor, and I attended the night when
architects discussed the plans,”
she said. “I started because I was
interested, and it morphed into a
Visitors to the museum will see
about 40 black and white images
of the hall, which Carter whittled
down from about 2,000 negatives.
“I hope that they understand
the process of what that build
ing endured to become the shin
ing jewel that it is,” said Traci
Davenport, the administrator at
Suheir Hammad as part of the
Hekima Reading Circle at 7 p.m.
today in the Sonja Haynes Stone
■ Play Makers Repertory
Company will open “The Front Page,”
directed by three-time Tony winner
Gene Saks, at 8 p.m. today. The show
runs through Oct. 30 and takes a bite
at corrupt politicians, scheming edi
tors and tabloid journalism during a
night in 1920s Chicago.
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Davenport said this wasn’t a
an exhibit planned for years, and
Carter approached them because
she wanted her piece to be housed
close to campus.
Carter’s photographic story
starts in May 2002 with unas
suming shots of Memorial Hall in
a normal state. It then progresses
to images of the hall being stormed
by bulldozers, the floor blanketed
with a mound of dirt.
By August 2005, Carter’s visual
tale reaches its end with a photo
gazing out on the auditorium from
■ An employee of a University
fraternity house reported Monday
that the house had been broken
into and property was missing,
Chapel Hill police reports state.
The employee reported breaking
and entering and larceny at 9 a.m.
from Delta Kappa Epsilon, 132 S.
Columbia St., according to reports.
The employee reported $l5O in
foodstuffs, a SSOO carpet cleaner
and SIOO in electronic appliances
missing, reports state.
■ A Pittsboro woman’s car was
stolen Tuesday from the parking lot
at 130 E. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
police reports state.
The woman's 2002 Honda CRV,
valued at $30,000, was stolen with
the keys in the ignition around 5:33
a.m., according to reports.
■ Zorba's Restaurant, 105 S.
Elliott Road, was the victim of break
ing and entering Monday, according
to Chapel Hill police reports.
An unknown subject broke the
front window of Zorba's and took
cash, reports state.
■ A man was arrested Sunday
on charges of assaulting a female,
Chapel Hill police reports state.
Devon Rashun Riggsbee, 24, was
arrested at 9:17 p.m. after he pushed
his girlfriend's head into a glass
window, according to reports.
Riggsbee is being held without
bond in Orange County Jail, pend
ing a Nov. 21 court appearance.
■ A Chapel Hill man was arrest
ed Saturday on charges of posses
sion of marijuana, Chapel Hill
police reports state.
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“I did always try to capture some
thing recognizable,” she said.
The task was difficult when
working amid scaffolding that
Carter said reminded her of “a
spaceship or a beehive.”
Carter said she hopes her
exhibit places the past three
years of the hall’s life into the
“I’m hoping that it’s a link to
the history of the building and the
huge changes to come up to today’s
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Curtis Lamont Singleton, 24, of
363 Brittany Lane, was arrested at
10:52 p.m. on possession of 19.2
grams of marijuana, reports state.
He is scheduled to appear in dis
trict criminal court Nov. 7.
■ A portable restroom was
found vandalized Saturday, Chapel
Hill police reports state.
A Port-a-John located at Culbreth
Middle School, 225 Culbreth Road,
was found damaged by fire at 4:54
p.m. Saturday, according to reports.
■ A Schwinn bike, valued at
SIOO, was reported stolen from the
bike racks behind Murphey Hall
sometime during the weekend,
according to police reports.
The bike was last known to be
secure around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 30,
■ An employee of the Frank
Porter Graham Child Development
Institute reported suspicious con
ditions at 1:45 p.m. Monday.
A man entered the building ask
ing for the Institute s phone records,
but was denied access, and left with
out incident, police reports state.
The incident is still under inves
tigation and no suspect has been
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