Manufacturing Day 2017

We’re excited to be celebrating Manufacturing Day on October 6, 2017–a day where thousands of manufacturers across the country open their doors to celebrate modern manufacturing.  Rockingham County will celebrate locally with events throughout the week.

We want to especially thank the 100+ manufacturers and industries who provide jobs  and operate in Rockingham County.

Manufacturing Day is an annual, national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

Help us honor our manufacturing heritage and celebrate modern manufacturing in Rockingham County during the week of October 2-6, 2017 with the following events:

Manufacturing Week Events

October 1st – Sunday
Rockingham County Schools Industry Competition Project
Deadline for Rockingham County Schools Contest
8th Graders will write an essay that will be entered into a contest 11th- Graders are to create a 30 second or 3 minute video.
Judging on Oct. 2nd
& 3rd.

October 2nd – Monday – 6:30 p.m.
Rockingham County Board Of Commissioner’s Meeting
Open to the public.
Reidsville Senior Center
201 N Washington Ave Reidsville, NC 27320
The Rockingham Board of Commissioners will pass a Board Resolution proclaiming National Manufacturing Day and Recognizing the Top 5 Manufacturing Employers.

October 3rd – Tuesday
Rockingham Community College
Student tours of Unifi, Inc. in Madison.

October 5th – Thursday – 9am-12pm & 4pm-7pm
Rockingham Community College Manufacturing Showcase
Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd Wentworth, NC 27375
Public event featuring local manufacturers, product displays and information.
For more information contact Sally Newman,
336-342-4261 or
Open to the Public


October 6th-Friday – 11:30am-1:30pm
Invitation-Only Event at RCC
Local companies will tour advanced manufacturing training facilities and discuss new developments on campus.
Luncheon provided by Rockingham County Economic Development.
For more information contact Jan Critz, 336-342-8138, or


Rockingham County Wins Communications Awards

Ken Allen (middle), assistant director of business and economic development for Rockingham County, attended the SEDC Annual Conference in Charlotte and accepted the awards.

Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism received three prestigious awards from The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) at the group’s annual conference during the 2017 Communication Awards ceremony.  Rockingham County won “Best of Class” in the medium division for its spring/summer economic development billboard campaign.   Rockingham County also won an Award of Superior for a print ad, which was a cooperative ad with the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership in Food Processing magazine to promote the area and the state to companies in the food industry.  The County’s new economic development web site—–earned an Award of Excellent.

The Communication Awards recognize superiority in message, marketing and outreach.  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.

“We are honored to earn awards for a second year in a row from our economic development peers in the Southern region.  Our team works hard to promote Rockingham County to the world and we are thrilled that others in our industry recognize our efforts,” said Jan Critz, director of Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism.

The Communication Awards were announced and displayed last week at the 2017 SEDC Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. Judges for the awards are economic development consultants, practitioners and design professionals from across the southern U.S.

The award-winning billboard campaign was designed to grab attention in metro areas of North Carolina and drive traffic to Rockingham County’s economic development web site.  The billboards were placed near urban areas from Charlotte to Winston-Salem/Greensboro to Chapel Hill and on the border between North Carolina and Virginia for one month in May to June.  The two creative designs used in the campaign were intended to be simple and communicate the key messages that Rockingham County is open for business and has over three million square feet available for manufacturing.

Because food and beverage manufacturing is a key target industry for this community, Rockingham County took advantage of a co-operative advertising opportunity offered by the NC Economic Development Partnership in Food Processing magazine.  Rockingham County ran a full page ad in the October 2016 issue, which included a special section on North Carolina.

Late last year, Rockingham County launched a new web site solely focused on economic development:  The site reflects the County’s new branding, makes site selection information easier to find, and highlights local small business partners and services.  The web site serves as the economic development office’s primary marketing tool for promoting available buildings, sites and the community to prospective companies and existing industries.