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Posted on Friday October 06, 2017
Program designed to expand knowledge of manufacturing, improve public perception of manufacturing career opportunities.


Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public

Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities 

Rockingham County, NC (September 22, 2017)– In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, Rockingham County leaders, Rockingham Community College, Rockingham County Schools and local workforce partners have planned a week of events and activities as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.  The celebration will also recognize and thank over 100 local industries and manufacturers who provide jobs and do business in Rockingham County. 

Manufacturing Day is an annual, national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. 

Rockingham County will celebrate Manufacturing Day, which is Friday, October 6, 2017, with a week of events.  Planned activities include:

  • Rockingham County Schools Industry Competition Project

    Monday, October 2nd, Deadline for contest

    8th graders writing essays and 11th graders creating a 30 second or 3 minute video.  Judging on Oct. 3rd. 

  • Rockingham County Board Of Commissioner’s Meeting

    Monday, October 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

    Open to the public.  Residents encouraged to attend.

    Location: Reidsville Senior Center, 201 N Washington Ave, Reidsville

    The Rockingham Board of Commissioners will issue a Board Proclamation declaring National Manufacturing Day and Recognizing Top 5 Manufacturing Employers, representatives from each company will be present.

  • Rockingham Community College, Student Tours of Unifi, Inc. in Madison

    Tuesday, October 3rd

  • Rockingham Community College Manufacturing Showcase

    Thursday, October 5th, 9am-12pm & 4pm-7pm

    Open to the public.

    Location:  Rockingham Community College, 215 Wrenn Memorial Rd, Wentworth

    Public event featuring local manufacturers, product displays and information.

    For more information contact Sally Newman, 336-342-4261 or

  • Manufacturing Industry Leaders Tour & Luncheon (Invitation-only event)

Friday, October 6th
Hosted by Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism.  Local companies will tour RCC’s advanced manufacturing training facilities and discuss new developments on campus.
For more information contact Jan Critz, 336-342-8138, or

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Jan Critz, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism.  “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

Critz added, “Manufacturing jobs represent 21% of Rockingham County’s current workforce.  It is still a priority industry sector for this community.  This is the first year that Rockingham County has celebrated Manufacturing Day and it is our intent to show appreciation to our local industries as well as inspire a new generation of manufacturing employees. We strongly encourage members of the community to come out to the public events to learn more about some of our industries and careers in manufacturing.”

Rockingham County’s Top 5 Manufacturing Employers

  1. Unifi, Inc.
  2. Frontier Spinning Mills
  3. Gildan
  4. Keystone Foods
  5. Sturm, Ruger & Company

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at 

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Rockingham County Government
371 NC Hwy 65
Reidsville NC 27320
Phone: 336.342.8100
Fax: 336.342.8105