Oxford, North Carolina experiencing growth in manufacturing sector

Oxford, North Carolina is in the midst of experiencing significant growth in their manufacturing sector. Over the course of the past year, several companies have begun facility expansions that are not only increasing outputs, but also hiring new workers. 

In July of last year, Ideal Fastener Corporation made a $5.7 million investment to expand its operations, including adding a campus to their site. Established in 1936, Ideal Fastener is the second-largest zipper manufacturer in the world and employs 226 people. The company plans to add 155 jobs by the end of 2019, according to areadevelopment.com. Ideal Fastener controls all aspects of its manufacturing - from styling and technology to the way its zippers are made.

"This expansion in Oxford will enable Ideal Fastener to manufacture a zipper using new technology that its customers will be able to apply to their products," announced North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Karen Decker in areadevelopment.com. "To have this new product made by North Carolina workers is further evidence of the quality workforce we have to offer employers."

More recently, Shalag, US, Inc. announced that they will be investing an additional $16 million into its Oxford-based factory. With this expansion, the company plans to hire an additional 40 workers to join their current roster of 74 employees. Areadevelopment.com reports that over the next three years, Shalag will add a third thermo-bonding production line to their booming operations. The Israel-based company produces non-woven materials that are sold in the hygienic and wipes markets.

"Manufacturing is one of North Carolina's traditional industries that has helped build our economy," North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said about Shalag's expansion in areadevelopment.com. "It's always great to see companies such as Shalag US expand manufacturing operations and create additional jobs right here at home."

Raleigh NBC-affiliated, WNCN, reports that jobs will be available in production, engineering and maintenance. Recruiters in the technical and engineering sectors know how the industries operate and they know what kind of work various positions entail, but most importantly of all, they know how to connect the right people with the right jobs.