North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2013

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has their own internal training program, so we are developing customized programs to complement their program,��� she says. While still assessing Ashley���s needs, she has identi���ed classes in logistics and supply-chain management as well as electrical and industrial maintenance as bene���cial in the distribution center���s operations. Supervisors and team leaders will study ���soft skills��� such as communication and goal setting. Courses in safety and lean manufacturing, with an emphasis on continuous improvement, are likely to be part of the overall training program. Once furniture production begins, classes in manufacturing and machining technologies will likely be needed. The school also will work with the company���s suppliers and third-party vendors. Classes often are held on-site and at times that best accommodate employees. ���It���s convenient, it���s hands-on, and we work around their production schedules. It truly is customized training in the workplace.��� The distribution center and manufacturing plant has put Davie County on the lips of other companies looking for industrial sites, Bralley says. Mark Schambach, social-media coordinator for Davie County, says its website had about 60,000 page views in January and February. That nearly quadrupled to 220,000 after the Ashley announcement. About half a dozen other expansions or new-industry announcements have been made since Jan. 1, 2012, Bralley says. In August, Advance-based Beaufurn LLC, a manufacturer of contract furniture, moved manufacturing from WinstonSalem to a larger building in Advance, and added 21 jobs to its 21 full-time and four seasonal employees. In June, Irelandbased Ingersoll Rand PLC, whose North American headquarters is in Davidson, announced it would expand its 400-employee operation in Mocksville, creating at least 60 jobs and investing nearly $22 million within three years. That same month, Tif���n, Ohio-based medical supplier Seneca Medical Inc. said it would open a North Carolina EDG 72,480-square-foot distribution center and hire 25 to 50 employees. Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Avgol Nonwovens Industries, which makes nonwoven fabric for baby and adult diapers, announced in February its third expansion in Mocksville since it purchased a former Uni��� Manufacturing Inc. plant in 2001. The company is investing $35 million to start a fourth production line and add 40 positions to its 140. Also in February, Stratford, Conn.based Carolina Precision Plastics LLC announced it will invest $5.3 million in a new manufacturing plant that will employ 140 in Mocksville. Another major economic stimulus is the construction of a hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Health-West Campus, a $100 million project that will bring hundreds of professional jobs within ���ve years and several hundred construction jobs as it is completed. Like Ashley Furniture Industries, they���re ���nding this is where they ���t. ���Ashley has their own internal training programs, so we are developing customized programs to complement their program.��� When you have a vision for business that demands more space, water, incentives and accessibility, look to Rockingham County, NC. And let the Rockingham County Partnership help. 1-800-316-ROCK ��� NCNorthStar.com

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