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“I find it The announcement of the North
incredible that Carolina Research Campus occurred in
the vision J.W. 2005, only a year-and-a-half after the
Cannon had is 2003 collapse of the mill, then owned
very similar in by Pillowtex. At the October 20, 2008
scope to what ceremony officially opening the NCRC,
Murdock has,” Murdock spoke of the days he owned
Macon said. “In the mill and reflected on the three years
one hundred years since the announcement of the Research
the transformations Center.
have been “People around the world will benefit
amazing. Really, from the work performed right here in
where the teachers boarded was on (the NCRC) is no Kannapolis. It’s a partnership fueled by
Oak Avenue. It was called Oak Street more amazing now than when all this common vision,” he said. “Today, we
in those days. It’s all gone, and now the land was purchased and a planned launch a brighter future for Kannapolis,
campus is there. One of these days all community built here one hundred years and I hope I can say a brighter future
the new buildings will be there. We’re a ago.” for our state. I’d like all of us . . . to toast
growing city.” Macon and Moss both feel the beginning of millstone to celebrate
Moss feels fortunate that he’s seen Cabarrus County is extremely lucky the power of new ideas, a new view of
Kannapolis transform throughout his to have visionaries like the Cannons the future and sharing the will and the
lifetime. In the 1950s, Charles Cannon, and Murdock. The Cannons led the backbone to turn a collective vision into
son of Cannon Mills founder James county through the transition from a brilliant realty.”
Cannon, expanded the mill. “This an agricultural to a manufacturing As the area changes the hope
(David Murdock’s) vision happens economy in the 20
century. Today, remains that the parades, luminaries
before your eyes daily,” Moss said. David Murdock, owner of Dole Foods and other traditions from the previous
“When Cannon Mills in the 1950s Inc. and visionary behind the Research century will continue in Cabarrus
added on, that vision changed Center, along with Castle and Cooke County engaging and delighting
everyday. It’s absolutely amazing Inc., are paving the way from a generations to come.
what’s been there and torn down and manufacturing to knowledge based
rebuilt again in my lifetime.” economy.
Kannapolis’ downtown was once a
thriving business district with an A & P,
Belk Department Store, JC Penney’s and
numerous small businesses - a feel the
NCRC plans to restore as part of the
campus’ development.
Also being restored is a sense of
optimism. From its founding in 1906
to the early 1980s, Kannapolis and
Companionship • Personal Care
Concord prospered from textiles, Meal Preparation • Light Housekeeping
agriculture, the railroad and locally-
Errands • Shopping & More!
owned businesses. The mood changed
in Kannapolis in the 1980s when the
904 Copperfield Blvd.. NE Concord, NC
mill faltered, leading to the 1982 take-
over by Murdock. Even after selling
the mill, Murdock remained one of
the largest property owners in the city.
Concord continued to thrive with the
addition of new industry, business parks
and the regional airport, experiencing
numerous economic losses only in the
last few years.
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