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Firearms manufacturer mulls Triad for expansion

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WENTWORTH -- A firearms manufacturer is considering expanding its operations in the Triad and will screen potential employees in the Mayodan area next week.

If the manufacturer chooses the area, production could start as early as the end of the month, said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic & Tourism Development.

"It's a well-known name to anybody who knows firearms," Pervier said.

The partnership announced today that the company will host an open house and conduct pre-employment screenings on June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

The purpose of the screenings is to determine if there are enough qualified people to work in the advanced manufacturing plant. 

The partnership's press release did not name the company or announce a specific location for the event.

However, the county is home to the Freedom Group, which has 15 weapons-related subsidiaries that include Remington Arms. The group has no major manufacturing presence in the county, but it and its subsidiaries employ about 200 people near the U.S. 220/N.C. 135 interchange and about 3,000 people nationwide.

Pervier declined to say how many jobs the company would create. Rockingham County had 10 percent unemployment in April, according to data from the state commerce department.

"Rockingham county has always been strong in manufacturing, of course, taking our lumps," Pervier said. "We certainly have a workforce that has adapted from textiles, tobacco to all kinds of industry."

The company is asking for individuals interested in an opportunity for potential employment to submit information as soon as possible for the pre-screening. Qualified candidates will then be invited to open house.

Of interest are people with the following skills and experience:

• Production Associates

• Team Leaders

• Production Supervisors

• Tool Makers

• Machinists

• Maintenance Technicians

• Manufacturing Engineers

Previous manufacturing experience is normally required for all positions with the exception of entry level production associates.

Individuals who meet the qualifications and are interested in learning about the opportunity should respond as soon as possible by sending an email with only their full name, email address and resume to crystal.jrtc@yahoo.com.

Interested individuals may give their resumes to the Division of Workforce Solutions (formerly the Employment Security Commission) at 8340 N.C. 87 in Reidsville.

During the open house, company representatives will provide information about the company and be available for short, one-on-one discussions with potential employees.

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