Rockingham County Will Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018

Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, Rockingham County leaders, Rockingham Community College, Rockingham County Schools and local workforce partners have planned a week of events and activities as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.  The celebration will also recognize the county’s top new or expanding economic development projects and thank over 100 local industries and manufacturers who provide jobs and do business 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.

Rockingham County will celebrate Manufacturing Day, which is Friday, October 5, 2018, with a week of events.  Planned activities include:

  • Rockingham County Board Of Commissioner’s Meeting
    Monday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m.
    Open to the public.  Residents encouraged to attend.
    On-The-Road Location:  Yanceyville Road Fire Department
    3361 HWY 158, Reidsville, NC 27320
    The Rockingham Board of Commissioners will issue a Board Proclamation declaring National Manufacturing Day and Recognizing the Top Three Announced New or Expanding Manufacturing Projects in 2018.  Representatives from each company will be present.
  • Rockingham Community College Manufacturing Showcase
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 9am-1pm
    Location:  Rockingham Community College Advanced Technologies Building,
    215 Wrenn Memorial Rd, Wentworth.
    Public event featuring local manufacturers, product displays and information.
    For more information contact Sally Newman, 336-342-4261 or
  • Manufacturing Industry Leaders Tour & Luncheon (Invitation-only event)
    Friday, October 5th
    Hosted by the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism.  Local companies will tour RCC’s advanced manufacturing training facilities and discuss new developments on campus.
    For more information contact Jan Yokeley, 336-342-8138, or .

“Demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector is at an all-time high.  Companies need employees who can design, program and operate technology,” said Jan Yokeley, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism.  “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced. Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed and 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturers’ inability to find talent with the required skills.”

Yokeley added, “Manufacturing jobs represent 20% of Rockingham County’s current workforce, which equates to more than 5,700 jobs.  It is still a priority industry sector for this community.  This is our second year celebrating Manufacturing Day and it is our intent to show appreciation to our local industries as well as inspire a new generation of manufacturing employees. We strongly encourage members of the community to come out to the public events to learn more about some of our industries and careers in manufacturing.”

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at

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Brame Wins Scholarship to Attend Economic Development Course

Betsy R. Brame, administrative assistant

Betsy R. Brame, administrative assistant for the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism, received a full $650 scholarship from the Local Government Federal Credit Union which allowed her to attended the one-week basic economic development course at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

The course is a four-day introductory program is designed for economic development professionals employed by public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals new to the field. It is a comprehensive educational experience that integrates theoretical and practical perspectives and provides participants with the foundation needed to organize, plan, and implement economic development programs.  Expert instructors cover trends, strategies, and the core tools of the trade.

Betsy joined the Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism team as Administrative Assistant in 2015. She is responsible for a wide range of administrative functions that support the management and operations of the office, as well as assisting with the Tourism Development Authority Board and Citizens Economic Development.  A native of Rockingham County, she has office management experience in the construction, health care and public health sectors.