Davidson County loses, gains, jobs in one day

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 09:32 AM

In the space of less than 24 hours, Davidson County both celebrated the gain and regretted the loss of manufacturing jobs.
On Friday afternoon, Gov. Pat McCrory came to Davidson County Community College to announce that a textile company will create 72 new jobs in Thomasville, investing more than $12.8 million in its facility in the next three years. Custom Nonwoven Inc., a Korean-owned company that develops and manufactures polyester nonwoven pads and rolls through a thermal bonding process, is bringing a new production line to Thomasville and its first facility in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, in Lexington on Friday morning, workers at the Tarheel Plastics factory on U.S. 64 showed up to suddenly find their jobs were gone. Workers began coming into or contacting the Davidson County offices of the N.C. Division of Employment Security to say they lost their jobs without notice.
Davidson County job service officials were trying to determine Friday the status of the company’s operation, said Charles Diggs, manager of the county Division of Employment Security office. Previously, the plant went under the name Moll Industries. The layoff affected from 70 to 75 workers.
“We’ve reached out to the company and are waiting for a response,” Diggs told The High Point Enterprise Friday afternoon.
The High Point Enterprise wasn’t able to reach a representative of Tarheel Plastics Friday afternoon. On the section of its website for contacting the company, Tarheel Plastics posted a message, “Sorry, but this form is no longer accepting submissions.”
The two developments with the county work force comes as Davidson County’s unemployment rate in general is trending in a positive direction. The county jobless rate in August was 8.7 percent, the lowest level since November 2008, Diggs said.
At Custom Nonwoven, salaries will vary by job function. But the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $45,875 plus benefits, the governor’s office indicates. The Davidson County average annual wage is $32,339.
Custom Nonwoven received state incentives that could tally up to $128,000, the governor’s office announced. The incentives will be based on meeting job creation benchmarks.
“We will do our best to make a positive impact on the local area by creating more jobs and growing together,” said J.M. Kim, owner of Customer Nonwoven.
The company is bringing a new production line to Thomasville. The factory will manufacture fire retardant barrier and fire retardant mattress pads for use in cushion seatings for medical, military and institutional applications, according to the governor’s office.

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Anyone who needs help either looking for work or applying for unemployment benefits can contact one of the N.C. Employment Security Commission offices in the area. The offices include:
High Point ESC, 607 Idol St., 882-4141
Asheboro ESC, 355 S. Fayetteville St., 625-5128
Lexington ESC, 103 W. Center St. Extension, 248-2326