Rockingham County Wins Two SEDC Communication Awards

Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism Wins Communications Awards
-New branding package and “There is a Place” video get top honors-

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Ken Allen, manager business & economic development, receives awards at SEDC annual conference.

Rockingham County, NC (August 11, 2016)— Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism received two prestigious awards from The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) last week at the group’s annual conference during the 2016 Communication Awards.  Rockingham County won a Special Judges Award for Tourism Promotion for its There is a Place water recreation tourism video.  Only three Special Judges Awards were given in the entire competition.  Rockingham County also won an Award of Excellence for its branding package.  The SEDC Communication Awards recognize superiority in message, marketing and outreach.

The two-minute water recreation video, completed last summer, highlights Rockingham County’s outdoor recreation attractions including rivers, lakes and trails.  It features scenes from the Dan and Mayo rivers as well as the Mayo River State Park.   The video also features a variety of people enjoying active lifestyles with swimming, hiking, tubing, and paddling. The message of the video is that Rockingham County is a good place, nearby, with adventure just waiting to be discovered.

videopicRockingham County Economic Development & Tourism uses the video for marketing purposes and in presentations.  It is the featured video on the county’s tourism web site:  Rockingham County also developed a 30 second television commercial from that video.  The cable TV campaign ran last fall and during the spring and summer this year.

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Branding package includes new logo, business cards, letterhead, note cards, and pocket folder.

Rockingham County’s branding package included the new logo, stationary and pocket folder.  The new brand was developed and launched in 2015.  The county won the Award of Excellence for Branding Package in the Medium Division category.

“We are honored to receive both of these awards and to be recognized for our great work in marketing Rockingham County,” said Jan Critz, director of Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism. “The tourism video really showcases some of the water recreation in our community and our branding package makes Rockingham County stand out in a positive, professional way.  Both are great tools for marketing Rockingham County nationally and internationally.”

Rockingham County’s There is a Place video and new brand were created by Bouvier Kelly, a full service marketing agency in Greensboro, NC.  Video production was done by Tigermoth Creative, a story-driven marketing and communications collaborative in Greensboro, NC.

About SEDC

The SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development organization in North America with a network of more than 1,035 economic development professionals operating in 17 states. From local, regional and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance and education, members share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. The Communication Awards were announced and displayed last week at the 2016 SEDC Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO. Judges for the awards are economic development consultants, practitioners and design professionals from across the southern U.S.

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Ruger anticipates adding jobs in Rockingham County NC

By Joe Dexter,
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:22 am 

rugerjobfairMAYODAN — More than 300 people submitted applications and resumes through the Triad Goodwill Career Center on N.C. 135 in Mayodan on July 19, in anticipation of landing future job openings with Sturm, Ruger and Co.

The job fair, which was announced by Goodwill officials on July 15, gave Ruger representatives an opportunity to speak about current open job positions in Mayodan, the growth of manufacturing locally and the history of the Southport, Connecticut-based company that prides itself as the only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms.

The company that employs approximately 1,920 full-time employees nationwide as of February 2016, expanded for the first time in 25 years when it opened its third manufacturing plant in Mayodan during the summer of 2013.

Rockingham County's Ruger Firearms in Mayodan, NC on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Photographed for Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism marketing efforts. (Photo/Artisan Image)

Sturm, Ruger and Co. started with 35 full-time employees locally when it purchased the former Unifi facilities on 271 Cardwell Road in Mayodan – with an expansion plan in place to fully utilize the 220,000-square-foot building that had been vacant since 2007.

The facility produces Ruger’s American rimfire rifle line and also serves as a home for Ruger Sportswear & Accessories – a subsidiary of Sturm, Ruger and Co.

Currently, the company employs 325 full-time employees at its Mayodan operation. They anticipate expanding to 500 workers in the next 18-24 months, including CNC machine operators, maintenance technicians, tool makers and maintenance staff. Starting pay for entry-level positions begins at $11 per hour with a potential for pay increase after the first 90 days of employment.

“It’s great to be able to work with a great company that is growing in Rockingham County,” said Sarah Lanse, marketing specialist of Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina. “The county is bouncing back from the recession, but there are still a lot of people out there that need jobs. Ruger is a nationally known company that makes a great product. We are glad to partner with a company that loves Rockingham County like we do and want to help employ the people that live here.”

Lanse says that Ruger plans to go through submitted applications on an ongoing basis with plans to contact qualified applications for future interviews. Without an online application process, the Mayodan career center will continue to serve as the only hub for application submission. Those interested in working for Ruger, Sturm and Co. can still stop by the career center at 6625 N.C. 135 in Mayodan to fill out an application and questionnaire.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

Groundbreaking at Blow Molded Solutions

IMG_0624Local officials gathered with Blow Molded Solutions in Mayodan on Thursday, July 28, 2016 to officially break ground on the company’s building addition, which was announced in June 2016.   Owner Scott McNeil, County Manager Lance Metzler, Mayor Jeff Bullins, and County Commissioner Mark Richardson participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Blow Molded Solutions (, a blow molded plastics manufacturer, is expanding. The company expects to create 44 new jobs and invest $2.4 million over the next five years.

Blow Molded Solutions is adding 20,000-square-feet to its current building, which will double its manufacturing facility and create room to add more blow molding equipment. The new space will be filled starting with a 50 pound Davis Standard Blow Molding machine and a twin 20 pound Davis Standard blow molding machine.

“We are excited about the expansion of Blow Molded Solutions and look forward to the opportunities the company will be providing the local workforce. Blow Molded Solutions has been a valued member of the Mayodan business community and we appreciate their commitment to Rockingham County,” said Mayodan Mayor Jeffrey Bullins.

“The expansion of Blow Molded Solutions is a great business retention for Rockingham County. We would love to see more entrepreneurial companies just like this startup and grow here. My fellow commissioners and I appreciate the company’s commitment to Mayodan and Rockingham County.” said Craig Travis, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

“Blow Molded Solutions’ expansion is another great announcement that shows how our existing industries are doing very well in Rockingham County,” said Jan Critz, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism. “We are thrilled to see a local entrepreneur thriving and continuing to invest in our community.”

This homegrown plastics company opened in 2010 in Mayodan and currently provides large blow molded parts for the recreation, consumer, industrial, and large truck markets.