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James City County Recognizes Nicewood Enterprises

James City County Recognizes Nicewood Enterprises

In the photo, from L-R: Keith A. Taylor, JCC Economic Development Director; Brandon Nice, Nicewood Enterprises; David and Deborah Nice, owners of Nicewood Enterprises; Jim Kennedy, JCC Board of Supervisors – Stonehouse District; Sandy Wanner, JCC Administrator

Date: October 16, 2009
Contact: Steven T. Yavorsky, Assistant Economic Development Director


Phone: 757-253-6645 





James City County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority (EDA) recognized Nicewood Enterprises (Nicewood) at its 16th annual Celebration of Business. Nicewood was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, which was initiated in 1994 and is given annually by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County (JCC) business community. 


Since 1999, Nicewood has been a member of the JCC business community with its parent company, David A. Nice Builders, Inc., having been in JCC since 1976.  Nicewood formerly operated in 20,000 square-feet of space in Hankins Industrial Park. Then, the company acquired a vacated building in Stonehouse Commerce Park, which doubled the size of its previous facility. In October 2008, Nicewood initiated a $1.78 million, 40,000 square-foot expansion of its current facility, utilizing an Industrial Revenue Bond issued through the James City County EDA. 


Nicewood Enterprises presently employs about 45 workers, including craftsmen who are known to produce retail merchandising display fixtures that are not only eye-catching, but also true to a millimeter of their design specifications. Nicewood honors all warrantee work, stands behind its products, and understands that they are employed by their clients and recognize that customer satisfaction is the surest way to continue future growth and prosperity.  Nicewood’s clients include popular national retailers such as Nautica, Tourneau and J Crew.


Nicewood is a major supporter of local and regional charities including Child Development Resources, the Center for Child and Family Services, the Virginia Living Museum, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the James City/Bruton Volunteer Fire Department, of which, David Nice is the Chief.


Receiving the award for Nicewood were David and Deborah Nice, owners of Nicewood Enterprises and David A. Nice Builders and their son, Brandon. David Nice commented on the ease of doing business in James City County and humbly noted his amazement when “traveling to Texas, Washington, D.C., Madison Ave, and Las Vegas and several other cities and seeing products on display made in Toano, Virginia”.


The Celebration of Business is an appreciation event for major industrial, technical and business service companies in James City County. The event was held on October 14, 2009 in the Jamestown Settlement’s Rotunda and Great Hall. The Captain John Smith award is custom made hand blown glass by James City County craftsman, John Shelton.




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