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Watch for shifts in Surry’s Top 25 list of employers

October 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Don’t expect next year’s list of Surry County’s largest employers to look much like the Top 25 list displayed right now on the N.C. Employment Security Commission’s web site.

Each year’s list is based on the previous year’s data. For the current report, employment statistics from September 2006 were compiled in March 2007.

In the past few months, several large apparel and textile companies have ceased manufacturing operations in Surry County. Though some will continue sales, marketing and distribution operations in Mount Airy, those companies will operate with greatly reduced staffs.

Next spring’s report should show how Surry County’s industrial base is becoming broader and more diversified — and less dependent on any single manufacturing sector — with the addition and/or expansion of companies such as Gerard’s Bakery (pre-baked bread), CK Technologies and United Plastics Inc. (injection moldings), SouthData (printing and data services), Carolina Carports and T-N-T Carports (prefabricated metal buildings), and Salem Distribution Services (transportation and logistics).

Here’s the present list:

SURRY COUNTY’S TOP 25 EMPLOYERS (as of September 2006)

1 PIKE ELECTRIC INC 1,000+ Electrical Construction
2 SURRY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION 1,000+ Public school education
3 WAYNE FARMS LLC 500-999 Value-added agriculture (poultry)
4 GILDAN dba KENTUCKY DERBY HOSIERY CO 500-999 Apparel manufacture
5 COUNTY OF SURRY 500-999 Local government/public administration
6 NORTHERN HOSPITAL OF SURRY 500-999 Health Services
7 WAL-MART ASSOCIATES INC 500-999 Retail trade
10 VAUGHAN-BASSETT/ELKIN DIVISION 500-999 Furniture manufacturing
11 SURRY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 500-999 College education
12 WORKFORCE CAROLINA INC 250-499 Business staffing services
13 RENFRO CORPORATION 250-499 Apparel manufacturing
14 HANESBRANDS, INC 250-499 Apparel manufacturing
15 CANDLE CORP. OF AMERICA 250-499 Non-durable goods manufacturing
16 MOUNT AIRY CITY SCHOOLS 250-499 Public schools education
17 ABLEST INC 250-499 Business staffing services
18 CROSS CREEK APPAREL INC 250-499 Apparel manufacture
19 FOOD LION LLC 250-499 Retail trade (grocery)
20 LOWES HOME CENTERS INC 100-249 Retail trade (home & garden)
21 THE RESERVES NETWORK INC 100-249 Business staffing services
22 CITY OF MOUNT AIRY 100-249 Local government/public administration
23 HDM FURNITURE INDUSTRIES (HENREDON) 100-249 Furniture manufacturing
24 ELKIN CITY SCHOOLS 100-249 Public school education
25 INSTEEL WIRE PRODUCTS 100-249 Steel products manufacturing

Source: Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, Labor Market Information Division

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