RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
Good for GREAT SUCCESS.
Recruitment and expansion: Those two efforts go hand-in-hand in Rockingham County. Business is flourishing here because faster startups are just the beginning of sustained EDC and community support.
A few snapshots:
For Ruger, high caliber people made the difference: The battle was fierce. Texas, Florida and South Carolina had all set their sights on attracting Sturm Ruger & Co.’s new manufacturing operation for the company’s legendary Ruger firearm. Company requirements were stringent, the selection process intense. “It was a long complex process,” Ruger President and CEO Mike Fifer says of the decision to choose Rockingham. “But in the end it was an easy choice to make. It was all strictly based on the people. Everything else was icing on the cake.”
Once the decision was made, startup was streamlined, from the acquisition of facilities to the assembly of the Ruger team, and today the company is on track to meet its 2017 goal of creating more than 450 jobs as part of its $26 million investment.
Weaving support for SGRTEX: One of the largest spinning groups in India, Shri Govindaraja Textiles had its pick of locations for its beachhead operation in American yarn production. But our group effort that included collaboration from every level—city, county, state, governmental and educational—made the difference in recruiting the more than $35 million SGRTEX project to Rockingham County.
Rolling out a great deal for Karastan: The One North Carolina incentives fund contributed over $750,000 toward Mohawk’s expansion of its Karastan plant, an $8 million project that will create over 100 new jobs, producing the premier brand rugs that have been proudly made in Rockingham County for over 90 years.
4 x 4 for Gildan: Gildan’s fine quality active-wear is distributed in 30 different countries across the globe. It’s a world-class success story, and the latest chapter is a nearly $23 million improvement and expansion project, the fourth expansion in four years.
Best in the field for Unifi: Higher demand for “athleisure” and performance wear meant new expansion in equipment after nearly 6 years of steady and impressive growth at a rate of 5 to 6 % annually.
Sitting pretty in Rockingham County: David Rothschild Company. Rather than resting on its laurels, this top-quality upholstery and decorative fabrics manufacturer and marketer seized the opportunity to invest in plant upgrades and new technology, positioning the company for the future.