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VOL. 128 | NO. 192 | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Nike Files $4.3 Million Permit for Frayser Facility

Nike Inc. has filed a $4.3 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. applied for the permit, which didn’t include a description for the work being done.

One of many permits filed for the $301 million project, it follows a $4.4 million mechanical permit for work by S.A. Comunale Co. Inc. and a $3 million permit for the installation of “industrial steel storage racks” by Wynright, both filed earlier this year.

Nike in January paid $2.2 million for about 200 acres of vacant land in Frayser from Belz Investco GP for the distribution center.

Operating in the transaction as Nike TN Inc., the Beaverton, Ore.-based sports giant bought the land in two parcels – a 162.5-acre tract and a 38.4-acre tract, both north of Nike’s 1.1 million-square-foot facility in Belz Enterprises Inc.’s Northridge Industrial Park.

The board of the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved last October a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement with Nike for the $301 million project.

According to the approved PILOT, the expansion would retain 1,600 jobs and add 250 more once the expanded facility opens. The PILOT amounts to a $57.8 million tax break with a local tax benefit of $105.3 million in return.

Nike’s 1,700 employees across Memphis are the company’s second largest workforce in the U.S. behind only its Beaverton headquarters.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports
– Daily News staff

Shelby County Historian Ed Williams Dies

Shelby County historian Ed Williams died Monday, Sept. 30, at the age of 78.

Williams had been a Shelby County commissioner and a state representative before that. Between the two, Williams held elected office for 24 years – from 1971 to 1994.

He opted not to seek re-election to the commission during its first year of partisan primaries, although he was a Republican.

Williams was a mechanical engineer by trade, owning an environmental engineering and consulting firm.

While his knowledge of the city’s history before his lifetime was extensive, Williams also had a long memory about political events in his own public life and even his childhood.

He frequently talked about going to a Boy Scouts jamboree and seeking Memphis-type souvenirs to trade with scouts from other parts of the country. Williams wrote a letter to then-political heavyweight E.H Crump and was given one of Crump’s favorite hats. Williams held on to the hat well after that, saying he was unable to trade it for what he thought it was worth.

Williams’ memories covered a lifetime in which the local political horizon changed dramatically several times over.

– Bill Dries

Memphis International Airport Partners With German Counterpart

Memphis International Airport, home to the FedEx Express super-hub, and Leipzig/Halle Airport in Saxony, Germany, DHL’s European hub, have formed a strategic partnership.

Airport officials said the partnership will allow the two airports to exchange information and best practices, and possibly attract new business.

“Ultimately, one of our most important goals is to expand international cargo business and attract major cargo carriers,” said Scott Brockman, chief operating officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “This regional cooperation with Leipzig/Halle Airport will allow each of us to learn more about how the other does business and put these lessons into practice.”

Memphis International Airport is the second-largest cargo airport in the world, while Leipzig/Halle Airport is Germany’s second-largest and Europe’s fifth-largest cargo airport.

“Connecting these two important air cargo hubs allows us to offer better services to and maintain the highest-quality standards for our customers,” said Markus Kopp, CEO of Leipzig/Halle Airport and its parent company, Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding.

– Amos Maki

Counterpart Communication Design Picks Up National Awards

Memphis-based Counterpart Communication Design has won four awards at the 2013 American Graphic Design Awards, hosted by “Graphic Design USA,” a print news publication for the graphic design community.

Counterpart’s awards were for a holiday card design, Counterpart’s 2012 client Christmas stationery, St. Louis Catholic Church’s Women of the Word mark and the brown box/green globe logo for International Paper Co.

The awards are open to all types of companies in the graphic design industry, including advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporations, institutions, publishers and others. More than 8,000 entries were submitted.

Counterpart is a marketing communications firm founded in July 2002.

– Andy Meek

Arlington School Board Races All Unopposed

Arlington became the second of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County to effectively elect its school board before the Nov. 7 election day for the six sets of school board races.

Dexter Orman withdrew Monday from the race for the Position 2 seat on the five-member Arlington school board, making Barbara Fletcher the winner. That had been Arlington’s only contested school board race.

Orman’s move to get out of the race means Arlington can pass on an early voting period in advance of election day, as Collierville did at last week’s candidate filing deadline, when five candidates filed for its school board races -- one for each seat on the school board.

Thursday, Oct. 3, at noon is the deadline for candidates to withdraw from the school board races if they wish. After that, the Shelby County Election Commission will certify the fields of contenders and set an early voting period, probably for mid-October.

– Bill Dries

City Auto Fights Sickle Cell Disease

City Auto helped in the fight against sickle cell disease in September, holding its inaugural Madison Hargrove Memorial Blood Drive.

City Auto collected 21 units of blood at the event, enough to help up to 63 local patients.

The drive was held in commemoration of Madison Hargrove, the daughter of City Auto employee Eric Hargrove and his wife, Lisa. Madison Hargrove died from sickle cell disease complications at the age of 6 in August 2012.

“It has been our desire to preserve Madison's legacy and ensure that she is always remembered, while at the same time continuing to advocate for the sickle cell community,” Lisa Hargrove said. “This vision has now become a reality with the development of this blood drive in remembrance of Madison. Madison received blood transfusions every three weeks starting at age 2 to protect her from strokes. It was because of the generous blood donors that she was able to receive her transfusions as scheduled, keeping her illness under control.”

City Auto also sponsored the fifth annual City Auto Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash benefiting the Methodist Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which provides a preventive outpatient clinic and the city’s first dedicated emergency infusion unit for adult sickle cell patients.

Memphis has the second highest sickle cell population in the nation, with over 1,700 adult sickle cell patients. September was Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

– Amos Maki

PROPERTY SALES 41 308 2,265
MORTGAGES 47 379 2,607
BUILDING PERMITS 128 1,018 6,068
BANKRUPTCIES 53 255 1,787