Manufacturing Week: Spotlight on Reidsville, NC’s Industries

The City of Reidsville may be Rockingham County’s second largest municipality, but it ranks as number one when it comes to our largest manufacturing and industrial base.  With an industrial heritage that was based in the tobacco industry, Reidsville has transitioned to include a widely diverse mix of modern manufacturers and international companies.  In fact, many popular consumer branded products are made in Reidsville, NC.  Here are some brief snapshots of just a few of the companies that are part of Team Reidsville.

With about 400 employees, Reidsville’s largest manufacturing employer is Keystone Foods.  The company processes fresh and frozen poultry for popular consumer brands such as McDonald’s.  Now part of the Tyson Foods family, Keystone Foods is headquartered in Pennsylvania with operations in six countries.  The Reidsville facility, which opened in 1980, is one of approximately 25 manufacturing plants operated by the company. 

Israeli wet-wipes manufacturer, Albaad USA, is well on its way to becoming Reidsville’s largest manufacturing employer.   Albaad has about 200 employees at its wet-wipes manufacturing and packaging facility in the Reidsville Industrial Park.   Last year the company announced a major expansion that includes a second facility to produce feminine hygiene products such as sanitary pads and tampons.  Albaad purchased the former Ball plant and opened its Albaad FEM manufacturing facility earlier this year.  The company plans to eventually create about 300 jobs in the new Albaad FEM plant.  Once it’s at full capacity, Albaad will eventually have 500 employees in Reidsville.  

Albaad was the first tenant in the Reidsville Industrial Park in 2004 and this was the company’s first U.S. production facility.  As a world leader in non-woven textiles, Albaad makes private-label and branded products that are sold in more than 35 countries.  The Reidsville Industrial Park facility makes wet-wipes for a variety of uses, including personal, home and automotive care.  Private label wet-wipes brands made in Reidsville include Burt’s Bees and Parent’s Choice.

Headquartered in Reidsville, Global Textile Alliance manufactures bedding and upholstery fabrics that are sold to several major U.S. furniture brands. Established in 2001, the Reidsville plant is home to the company’s corporate headquarters, distribution, design, sales and marketing, finance and quality control divisions. The company has about 300 employees.

Henniges Automotive is a world-class sealing system solutions provider to the global automotive market with a manufacturing facility in Reidsville. Headquartered in Michigan, Henniges’ Reidsville plant opened in 1994 as Metzeler Automotive.  The company currently employs about 300 people in Reidsville and produces rubber automotive door and window seals at the local plant for automobile brands such as Ford, Chrysler, and BMW.  The Reidsville plant is one of 11 Henniges plants throughout the world.  The company has a total of more than 4,500 associates located across three continents.

Unifi, a world leading producer and processor of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns, remains one of Rockingham County’s largest employers.  In addition to its Nylon manufacturing plant in Madison, Unifi operates a package dye operation and plastic bottle processing center in Reidsville. The dye plant opened in Reidsville in 1970.   In 2016, Unifi expanded at the existing Reidsville facility and opened its REPREVE® Bottle Processing Center.  The more than $28 million investment helped Unifi achieve its goal of vertical integration for its REPREVE® recycled product line, adding flexibility, expanding production capabilities and supporting volume growth. REPREVE is Unifi’s flagship brand of recycled fibers, made from recycled materials such as plastic water bottles.

The REPREVE Bottle Processing Center created more than 80 new jobs in Rockingham County.  It includes more than 150,000 square-feet of space in the existing Reidsville facility for a state-of-the-art recycling center that is one of the most advanced in the United States, with the capacity to produce annually 75 million pounds of the highest quality, consistent, clean bottle flake.  The flake is made from PET plastic bottles that are chopped, washed, dried and bagged for use in the production of REPREVE, or sold to other companies for a variety of consumer packaging applications, such as thermoformed food-grade packaging like cups and takeout containers, as well as non-food applications such as strapping and film.  Earlier this year, the company announced an expansion of its Repreve line with the new Repreve Our Ocean product made from ocean-bound plastic bottles.  REPREVE can be found in products ranging from apparel and hosiery to automotive and industrial applications, and is used by some of the world’s leading brands, including Patagonia, Haggar, Quiksilver and Ford. 

Amcor, a worldwide leader in tobacco packaging, operates a tobacco packaging plant in Reidsville.  Amcor is a global company that is headquartered in Australia and operates over 300 facilities throughout the world.  Amcor’s Reidsville Plant is one of 20 tobacco packaging plants in the world and is located in the Reidsville Industrial Park.   The Reidsville facility opened in 2006, bringing another international company to Rockingham County, and it currently has more than 100 full-time employees. 

Isometrics, Inc. is a manufacturer of aircraft refueling trucks, fuel handling products, and other tank trucks in Reidsville.  It has been manufacturing tanker trucks and fuel hauling equipment in Rockingham County since 1973.   Isometrics is a major contractor for the U.S. government, suppling trucks and equipment to the Department of Defense.  The company has about 100 employees in Rockingham County.

Reidsville is home to two significant plastic recyclers.  Plastic Revolutions has about 75 employees and recycles all form and grades of plastic scrap, specializing in high molecular weight plastics.  It also processes post-consumer plastic bottles from used detergent, milk jugs and other consumer products.  Plastic Revolutions produces around five million pounds of recycled plastic pellets per month.

Envision Plastics also has about 75 employees in Reidsville.  The company is a leading recycler of HDPE plastics and supplier of innovative Post Consumer Resin (PCR) solutions for corporate partners.  It provides resin for plastic electronics packaging, sunglasses, and other non-food items. 

In the last year, Reidsville has been fortunate to attract two new, industrial companies.  Sanritsu Logistics is an international logistics company that is headquartered in Japan.  The company is constructing a new warehouse and logistics operation in the Reidsville Industrial Park.  It will 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.  Sanritsu plans to open soon and will create more than 20 jobs.

Pella Corporation, a leading manufacturer of window and door products for residential and commercial use, is opening a new manufacturing facility in Reidsville.  The company plans to be operational by the end of year and is creating 125 new jobs.  Pella purchased a former spec building and will manufacture patio doors and vinyl windows in Reidsville.  Founded in Des Moines, Iowa in 1925, Pella is family-owned company currently operating 11 facilities nationwide.

These are snapshots of just a few of Reidsville’s manufacturers and industries.  Other smaller industries and businesses have found Reidsville to be an ideal location for making their products.