LAURINBURG — Service Thread in Laurinburg was recently named Scotland County’s Business of the Year by the Lumber River Workforce Development Board.
The local company was honored for its community partnerships and efforts to help its own workforce advance.
“I was really proud for our company,” said Sam Butler, Service Thread president, who accepted the award during a luncheon Dec. 17 in Pembroke. “It is a testament to what we have done to try to help our community and our employees.”
Service Thread worked with the Lumber River Workforce Development Board to hire four full-time employees under Workforce Investment Act/on-the-job training contracts during the last program year.
Lumber River officials said Service Thread has demonstrated its involvement through hiring practices focusing on specific populations of youth, dislocated workers, older workers, intermediate workers, and those that are economically disadvantaged.
Service Thread has also promoted the use of the local NCWorks Career Center throughout the community.
“Service Thread received the award for their commitment to helping put people back to work,” said Patricia Hammonds, services director with the Lumber River Workforce Development Board. “They have really been great partners in that area.”
The company also regularly gives back to the community by supporting local schools and educational initiatives, local charities and volunteer services.
The company has also partnered with Richmond Community College, the NCDOL and OSHA to conduct regular employee training. Service Thread has also implemented CRC Testing for all current and prospective associates.
Service Thread sets up testing on a regular basis, allowing employees an opportunity to increase their scores in addition to increasing their hourly pay rate. Service Thread covers the initial cost of testing for employees who would like to improve their scores.
“This year, we have the largest group of employees in the company paid education assistance program with eight associates working toward their two year, four year or graduate MBA degrees,” he said. “In 2015, Service Thread paid over $100,000 in education expenses to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Richmond Community College, and St. Andrews University.”
The 40-year-old company has a manufacturing plant on King Street and a warehouse and distribution center on Dana Road. Service Thread also has a sales office in Charlotte.
Service Thread designs and develops industrial thread and engineered yarn. The business employs 110 people.
Lumber River Workforce Development Board also honored 17 businesses and individuals across a five-county region during the award ceremony.
Tonya Covington of Laurinburg was named Scotland County’s Adult of the Year.
Lumber River officials said Covington overcame significant personal difficulties while adhering to the demands of the rigorous associate’s degree nursing program at Richmond Community College. Covington is currently employed with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center as a neonatal nurse.
Tiana McMillan was named Youth of the Year.
The Scotland High School student participated in many of the services available through the WIA Youth Program, and became an honor student. McMillan successfully graduated from high school and is currently working part time while pursuing a degree in nursing at Durham Community College.
More than 80 people attended the event, which was held at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Regional Center at COMtech Park.
Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023