An unprecedented multi-county employee training and marketing initiative was launched this week in Halifax County to develop a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of business and industry. The Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern North Carolina (RAMP East) assembles community colleges, economic development organizations, and workforce development professionals in a 10-county area with an overarching mission to supply a sustainable output of trained and job-ready candidates within the advanced manufacturing sector.
The Halifax County Economic Development Commission (HCEDC) hosted a luncheon on July 17 to introduce RAMP East and the collaborative approach underway to recruit and prepare students for successful careers in manufacturing. A major component of the initiative is the Advanced Manufacturing Academy beginning in August at Halifax Community College. The Academy will follow the curriculum developed for the 10-county region to teach the skills needed to supply ready-to-work employees with advanced skills that area companies need both today and in the future.
Representatives from Reser's Fine Foods, New Dixie Oil, Lowe's Regional Distribution Center, Airboss Rubber Compounding, Weldon Steel, WestRock, Southern Corrosion, Meherrin River Forest Products, AEL Span, and Klausner Lumber attended the luncheon.
For additional information regarding RAMP EAST, contact the Halifax County Economic Development Commission at 252-519-2630.
At their June meeting, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority approved funding for two economic development projects in Halifax County:
The Building Reuse Grant Program provides grants to local governments to renovate vacant buildings, renovate and/or expand buildings occupied by existing North Carolina companies, and renovate, expand or construct health care facilities that will lead to the creation of new jobs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties and in rural Census tracts of Tier 3 counties.
For the third year in a row, Site Selection Magazine has ranked the Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, encompassing Halifax and Northampton Counties, received a ranking of #41 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects in 2018.
"This national ranking shows that Halifax County continues to be a competitive location for businesses to locate and grow," commented Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by Site Selection as a top location for the third year in a row."
RALEIGH, N.C. – AirBoss of America Corp. has selected Halifax County for an expansion of its current facility, adding 42 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $5.2 million in Scotland Neck with the project.
“Including today's AirBoss announcement, Halifax County has attracted three manufacturing expansions in under a month,” Governor Cooper said. “The talent, infrastructure and focus on collaboration make Halifax County the right choice for businesses that are ready to grow and thrive.”
“AirBoss is excited to announce this expansion,” said Chief Operation Officer Chris Bitsakakis. ”We are increasing our production capacity in response to the incredible trust our customers have shown us in the past year as they filled our existing production capacity in our Scotland Neck facility. The growth and success of our Scotland Neck plant is a testament to our dedicated employees that have worked so diligently to produce a quality product delivered on time to our customers. This expansion demonstrates our continued commitment to the region. We sincerely appreciate the support and partnership with the state, county and city and we look forward to continuing to grow in North Carolina.”