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Gov. Cooper And First Lady Visit SylvanSport


July 9, 2018

Tom Dempsey, SylvanSport founder/CEO, talks with Gov. Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristen Cooper.

SylvanSport plays a prominent role in North Carolina's growing outdoor industry and was honored last week with a visit from Gov. Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristen Cooper. The Coopers met with Tom Dempsey, SylvanSport founder/CEO, to discuss the importance of the outdoor industry to the state's economy, ac-cording to a press release.

As the chairperson of the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Coalition, Dempsey has spent several years working with state and industry leaders to create the N.C. Outdoor Industry Office, which seeks to elevate the profiles of outdoor industry businesses and organizations across the state.

North Carolina is the fourth state in the nation to create such an office and the first on the East Coast. North Carolina's outdoor recreation lands are among the most beautiful in North America and Cooper recognizes the importance of these public lands to the health of the outdoor industry, according to the release.

The meeting was followed by a tour of the SylvanSport factory and a demonstration of the innovative, made-in-North Carolina SylvanSport GO. After meeting with the entire team and checking out some of the new SylvanSport products in the pipeline, the governor and first lady made their way to the new Sylvan Valley Industrial Center under construction on Ecusta Road.

The governor and first lady, along with SylvanSport employees, and city and county officials, toured the 60,000-square-foot facility under construction on Ecusta Road.

This 60,000-square-foot facility will soon become the new home to SylvanSport and to a number of new outdoor industry jobs. We are truly grateful for the governor's visit, and for the visionary leadership in Transylvania County, the City of Brevard, North Carolina and the Transylvania Economic Alliance," said Dempsey.

During the factory tour, the first lady invited SylvanSport to showcase the award-winning GO adventure camper at her open house held on Sunday afternoon at the governor's Western residence in Asheville.

The event was, in part, to help showcase the new native landscaping done to establish a bird and pollinator-friendly garden.

"The GO is merely an accessory to the beautiful landscaping and stunning views of the Western residence," said Dempsey. "Special thanks to the first lady for inviting SylvanSport to share the spotlight."


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