North Carolina’s automobile sector includes 26,000 employees that work in the automotive manufacturing cluster with 24% growth in 4 years from 2011 to 2015. There are over 290 establishments that make up the automotive manufacturing cluster in North Carolina with 34 TOP suppliers.
Two of Person County’s largest private-sector employers are GKN Driveline and Eaton Corporation, both top-level, Tier 1 suppliers in the automobile industry. According to JobsEQ3.0 as of Quarter 2 2016, Person County has 831 people in the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing (NAICS 3363) with an amazing location quotient of 19.74 with an average annual % change in Growth at 7.7% which is 1.5% higher than the state of North Carolina average % change and 2% higher than the US average % change. Within a 90-minute drive time, there are 4,262 employees in this industry sector with 9.5% average annual % change in employment over the last 5 years, or 3.8% more growth than the United States average! (1)
The new mechatronics engineering technology program at Piedmont Community College is yet another workforce advantage for a Person County, NC, location. Piedmont Community College is the first college in the State of North Carolina that has developed a curriculum in Continuing Education in the area of mechatronics with matriculation to a national certification program named Siemens Level I Technician Certification courses. Part A of the course covers Electrical and Mechanical, while part B covers Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) , Hydraulics and Pneumatics.
The state of North Carolina seeks to attract an OEM in the automotive sector and Person County is poised to be the location of new Tier automobile suppliers with our existing buildings, industrial property and significant business advantages.
(1) JobsEQ3.0 – October 2016
According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, North Carolina has the fourth largest military population in the U.S. There are five military bases, a military ocean terminal and a U.S. Coast Guard base located within the state. An estimated 78,000 military separations by 2018 offers a unique, ready-made workforce to North Carolina Manufacturers. Person County, NC, is geographically located in close proximity of the majority of military installations in North Carolina. North Carolina is the home of Fleet Readiness Center East, with a mission to generate combat air power for America’s Marines and Naval Forces. Fleet Readiness Center East supports substantial aviation repair with over 200 Navy and Marine Corps activities, 31 foreign nations, 5 US Air Force activities, 3 US Army Activities and 2 other federal agencies.
The North Carolina Defense Business Association provides information, connections, and networking opportunities to members to build relationships and promote defense related businesses within the state of North Carolina.
The North Carolina Military Business Center assists North Carolina businesses and has assisted NC businesses in winning 2,293 contracts valued up to $24.79 Billion dollars. This organization is a great resource to assist our local businesses to obtain more defense contracts.
In addition, Person County is within 3 hours of the Hampton Roads section of Virginia; another geographic area with strong naval military and port connections and a very large military presence.
NC State Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center, which trains students and professionals, is the only one of its type in the world, and our academic programs created for the non-woven sector do not exist anywhere else in the world. (Behnam Pourdeyhimi, NC State College of Textiles.) NC State University is located within 45 miles of Person County, NC.
NC State is perhaps the only university with a 3D body scan machine, which gives head-to-toe measurements in 30 seconds.
Spuntech Industries, USA is the USA subsidiary of NR Spuntech Industries LTD (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) has recently completed the largest non-woven manufacturing line in the world with their new Line 5 $70 Million dollar capital investment in their Roxboro, NC facilities. We seek to attract non-woven suppliers to Person County, NC for competitive advantages over their competitors.
Person County supports clean energy advanced manufacturing and already has a number of industries that support this field. Follow the link below to see the the various solar parks in Person County.
In addition, with Person County’s Project Trace Site, we seek to attract large capital investment, large skilled workforce employers that are in need of lots of green energy and substantial excess water capacity at the Roxboro Water Plant.
Person County, since its formation, has relied heavily on agriculture to produce a substantial income for its local residents. In the mid 1900’s, cotton was the predominant crop. In the last 50 years, tobacco continues to be the county’s leading agricultural income producer. Person County’s soils and weather conditions allow for the production of a type and quality of tobacco that is in high demand worldwide because of its flavor, aroma, and blending quality.
A substantial part of the county’s 392 square miles of land area is in agricultural land. With harvested cropland totals at about 33,600 acres with pastures accounting for another 20,000 acres, woodland acreage is by far the largest of the county’s remaining 256,000 total acres and is becoming a more significant natural resource, as well as serving a more important role in the county’s overall agricultural basis.
Many of Person County’s top manufacturing businesses are made of agricultural raw materials. US Flue Cured Tobacco (tobacco), Boise Cascade (wood products), Louisiana Pacific (wood products) and Spuntech (non-woven cotton) all use agricultural products as raw materials for their manufacturing processes.
With an effort to smart growth and sustainable development, Person County seeks to take advantage of her agricultural roots and provide more agribusiness opportunities to the Raleigh and Durham MSAs (metropolitan statistical areas) and for additional business opportunities in Person County’s future.
Person County has seen Uptown Roxboro’s retail development activity increase in the last couple of years with the help and support of a cooperative relationship between Roxboro Development Group, a non profit organization, the City of Roxboro and Person County working with private sector businesses and investors. A great recent example of this partnership is the Hall’s Way new expansion of 12,000 sq. ft. of retail space completed in September 2016. The City of Roxboro, Person County and the Roxboro Development Group all provided new public improvements in the way of sidewalks, curb cuts and public financial incentives to support the developers of this project to bring more retail development into Uptown Roxboro.
Our economic development organization works closely with the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Roxboro Development Group, Person County Tourism Development Authority, Planning/Zoning and Inspections Departments, along with all the entrepreneurial resources we have available in our community to help entrepreneurs seeking to locate a retail or hospitality establishment anywhere in Person County. We have access to retail trade area data from 1- to 60-mile radii, retail studies by business, retail sales leakage studies by business, retail projections, and new financial incentives in the Uptown Roxboro retail development district to assist your new business opportunity and grow your business. Remember Everything is Better in Person!
Person County’s entrepreneurial spirit is not only found in our existing family businesses; it is a priority for future economic vitality. Our k-12 school systems have entrepreneurial courses for high school students and our high school students annually compete in regional and national high school entrepreneurial competitions.
Piedmont Community College has developed a Business Development and Entrepreneurship Center, located on Main Street in Roxboro, NC. Business Incubator space is available for new entrepreneurs along with a small business center, free business seminars, ed2go online courses and staff to help you with the skills to grow your business.
Person County Schools and Piedmont Community College have joined forces in teaching entrepreneurial skills career needs, including soft skills, to their schools by inviting existing industry leaders into the school system to share best practices with students.
The new Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL) is a free, public school that is part of the Person County School system. PECIL provides students the opportunity to graduate with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be successful, globally-competitive members of a workforce that invigorates the local and regional economies with a high school diploma and a two-year college associate degree in 5 years.
Revolving Loan Programs are available through The City of Roxboro as well as the Kerr Tar Council of Governments which may be combined with other statewide resources to help new entrepreneurs to take advantage of doing business in Person County, NC.
Person County Economic Development Staff is on the advisory board of the Small Business Technology Development Center at NC Central University, and this center is another resource for entrepreneurs to utilize especially on high technology efforts and Small Business Innovation Research efforts.
Person County works closely with the Center for Innovation Network (COIN) to assist high technology efforts to connect with like-minded technologists in the Research Triangle Region to collaborate, leverage their ideas and accelerate their business growth.
Person County is ideally-situated in the Research Triangle Regional Partnership region and in the Durham Metropolitan Statistical Area to attract more entrepreneurs that wish to be close to lakes, great recreation, schools, places to live and work, enjoy culture and take in a suburban to rural flavor with uncongested transportation routes.