Global Logistics Company Selects Rockingham County for New Facility

Sanritsu Logistics to create 24 jobs and invest $9 million in Reidsville

Mr. Kevin Berger, chair of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners with Mr. Sumio Ishihara from Sanritsu Logistics.

RALEIGH: Sanritsu Logistics will open a new warehouse and manufacturing plant in Rockingham County, creating 24 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The international and domestic logistics services company plans to invest $9 million in Reidsville and will service clients throughout the southeastern United States.

“International companies like Sanritsu Logistics recognize North Carolina’s advantages for reaching customers in North America,” said Governor Cooper.  “Our dedicated workforce, strong business climate and robust transportation networks offer a winning combination for growing companies.”

Sanritsu Logistics, whose parent company is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, is a third-party logistics company (3PL) that supports multiple modes of logistics operations, from air cargo to ocean shipping to inland transportation. Sanritsu Logistics plans to operate a kitting service for manufacturers from the Reidsville location, a service that streamlines the combination of items into packages of finished goods that are then delivered to customers.

“We were looking for a location for our base in the U.S. where the dynamic infrastructure we need would be satisfied,” said Mitsuharu Tanaka, CEO of Sanritsu Logistics America. “Rockingham County in North Carolina provides the strategic infrastructure to meet our client needs and expectations. We are grateful for the utmost cooperation and support by the state of North Carolina’s Department of Commerce as well as the Economic Development Partnership, Rockingham County, and of course, the City of Reidsville for this bright opportunity. We look forward to expand our business and contribute to this society.”

“Sanritsu Logistics joins a growing list of Japanese companies doing business in North Carolina,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland.  “People around the world recognize North Carolina’s advantages as a business location.”

N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in supporting the company’s decision to locate in the state.

The average annual wage of all the new jobs announced today will be $36,200. The average wage in Rockingham County is currently $34,620.

A performance-based grant of $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Sanritsu’s move into Rockingham County.  The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“We’ve worked hard to bring North Carolina from 44th in the country to 12th in business tax climate rankings, and that effort has paid off with hundreds of thousands of new jobs. I appreciate the commitment Sanritsu Logistics has made to Rockingham County and our state by selecting our region for their new facility,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger. “We’re proud to see the new jobs and investment this global company is bringing to Reidsville.”

“People from many organizations in our community worked hard to bring these new jobs and investment to Reidsville,” said N.C. Representative Kyle Hall. “We are committed to helping Sanritsu Logistics succeed in our community and look forward to working with their leaders and employees.

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Rockingham County, the City of Reidsville, the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism, and the City of Reidsville Economic Development Department.



Rockingham County & Reidsville Statement on ITG Brands Closing

ITG Brands 2020 Reidsville Plant Closing
Statement by the City of Reidsville and Rockingham County
November 1, 2018

Obviously the announcement that ITG Brands plans to shut down its Reidsville plant in 2020 is extremely upsetting news to all of us in Rockingham County.   The company has a long, storied history in our community and it has been a cornerstone of Reidsville’s economy for well over 100 years.  This is a devastating loss for us.  It will certainly be felt throughout our entire community and the Piedmont Triad region.

We are especially heartbroken for the hardworking, dedicated employees who will lose their jobs.  Many generations of local families worked in that plant.  Our Economic Development Team will be working closely with our state and local allies such as NC Works and Rockingham Community College to put a plan in place to assist the displaced workers.

Officials with the City and County worked closely with ITG Brands the last few years to do all we possibly could to try to prevent this.  We understand that sometimes a company must make a bottom-line business decision.  Unfortunately we are on the wrong side of that decision this time.

Our job at the City and County level is to try to make the best of this as much as possible.  The skilled workforce coming out of ITG Brands will be a great asset for our industry recruitment efforts.   We will focus our efforts on targeting new businesses and industries that require these skills.  We will also work closely with ITG Brands on redevelopment of the Reidsville plant, which has been an iconic fixture in the City since the late 1800s.

Preston Mitchell                               Lance L. Metzler
Reidsville City Manager                 Rockingham County Manager