GREENSBORO, NC (September 22, 2015)
NC811 began a Safe Digging Partner program in April of 2015. The program signifies a commitment to help prevent damages to buried utilities. To become a partner, all that’s needed is to sign a pledge to ‘Call 811 Before You Dig’. NC811 will provide safe digging partner stickers to place on vehicles and equipment in order to spread the 811 message to the public.  Each month NC811 will choose a Safe Digging Partner that exemplifies this commitment and will spotlight them with recognition.

Mark Schuman presents Safe Digging Certificates to both Van Wingerden International, Inc. and Ingles Markets, Inc.
Mark Schuman presents Safe Digging Certificates to both Van Wingerden International, Inc. and Ingles Markets, Inc.

Ingles Markets Inc. and Van Wingerden International, Inc. were chosen as the Safe Digging Partner’s for September. Melissa Leavell, Director of Advertising stated, “Ingles is committed to the communities we serve and is excited to partner with NC811 to show our commitment for the safety of our customers. We strive to be a safety conscious organization and our marketing efforts will, hopefully, solidify our commitment to our customers.” Van Wingerden International, Inc. out of Mills River, N.C., a grower and supplier of Nature’s Heritage plants and flowers for Ingles Markets, have supported the damage prevention message by installing 45,000 “811” stickers on mums that will arrive in 150 Ingles stores for fall planting. “Just another way to show that we are all Partners In Protecting Everyone,” stated Jeff Lilly, National Key Accounts Manager.


On Friday, September 18, 2015, NC811 presented a recognition certificate to both Ingles and Van Wingerden to highlight their commitment to damage prevention at the NC Mountain State Fair in Fletcher, N.C. “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner that NC811 is looking for:  The commitment of sharing the message of Calling 811, Waiting the required time, Respecting the Marks, and Digging Safely,” stated Ann Rushing. To become a Safe Digging Partner, visit

About NC811
Since 1978 North Carolina 811 has provided you a fast and easy communications link with your local utility providers. You give us your locate information, we transmit it to the utilities and then they send out locators to mark your underground lines for FREE. So remember, call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three business days before you plan on digging.  More information about the services of NC811 is available at