From a distance, the grounds of 254 Superior Drive in Clinton appear to abandoned. Vehicles are not in the parking lot, the gate is locked with a rusty chain and tall weeds are covering up a sign.
It all began when Truswood, Inc., a floor and roof trusses manufacturing company, packed its bags several years ago because of the economy. But looks can be deceiving. Company officials are working on returning to the area after a hiatus which lasted several years.
“We operated it up until 2012,” said Dave Green, operations manager. “We mothballed it. We left the equipment there, but we did not operate it.
“Now with the economy coming back, we are going to re-open it,” Green said.
Truswood, which purchased the building in the early 2000s, plans to re-open in early October and expects to employ 40 people when it’s at capacity.
“We’re in the process of doing some maintenance work and some cleanup work,” Green said. “Our plan would be to open it the first week of October.”
Currently, Truswood is seeking assemblers, sawyers, forklift operators, maintenance workers and Commercial Drivers License professionals.
“We’ve already hired six people from the Clinton area,” Green said. “We’re going to get them trained and hire a few more. Our goal would be to run two shifts. With two shifts we could employ as many as 40 people.”
Established in 1980, Truswood, Inc. manufactures roof and floor trusses for the construction industry. Its facilities are located through North Carolina and Virginia. Truswood supplies material to builders in area such as Washington D.C., South Carolina and other areas of the state. According to the organization, all roof and floor truss orders are designed and engineered to each customer’s specifications.
The return to Clinton will be the fourth existing facility for the company. Green said it’s wonderful to return to the area.
“We kept the water and electric on the whole time,” he said about returning, a decision which was made in September. “We’ve been working to re-open this for a month now.”
Coincidentally, Green said the facility was built in the late 90s or early 2000s by Superior Components, Inc., a business which provided roofing, siding and sheet metal work. Green was involved in the construction of the building. Eventually, a shift in the manufacturing business led him to Truswood.
“I’m happy about that for a number of reasons,” Green said.
Interested applicants may apply by contacting Truswood. For more information call 919-787-8787 or visit www.truswood.com.
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