Stanley Furniture has announced it is closing the Robbinsville, NC plant. Approximately 400 employees and their families will be affected at the Robbinsville facility where the Young America product line is currently made.
The following statements are from local leaders in response to the plant closing:
“Along with the entire Tri-County Community College family, I am deeply saddened to learn of the impending closure of the Stanley Furniture plant in Robbinsville.
I began my tenure with this college as the Director of the Graham County Center, and from the very first day I not only focused on building strong relationships with the community members, but also on building a strong economy for Graham County.
In difficult times like these, our relationships and our commitments to one another are vital to survive such a storm. As such, I have already activated the College’s Rapid Response Team, which includes all the departments standing at the ready to assist in every manner possible.
Alongside the local staff from the Division of Workforce Solutions, we are already engaged in meeting with officials from the company and local county commissioners and leaders to provide a seamless and successful transition for the affected employees. All the while, we will continue to focus on recruitment efforts for additional employers to come to our area. In addition, I have been in contact with elected officials on both the state and federal level.
These employees will have full access to career counseling, skills assessments and evaluations, job retraining, workshops, online and traditional resources, scholarships, grants and other financial assistance. In short, we will do whatever we need to do.
I am confident we will successfully weather this storm, and emerge in a brighter future and help get our friends back to work.”
– Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, Tri-County Community College President
“I would first like to say that I am extremely proud of our workforce in Graham County and that I would put our people up against anyone anywhere. The decision by Stanley to close this facility is based solely on lack of sales and no way reflects on the efficiency and quality of our workforce.
The Graham County Commissioners stand committed to provide any and all resources and recruitment of a new industry partner for our skilled workforce and state of the art facility. Our local economic development team has been directed to focus all of their efforts on providing a resolution to our employment issues.
While we know that all these things take time, we will be working with all of our local partners during this transition period. We are confident of a positive outcome.”
– Connie Orr, Graham County Commissioner
“We stand ready with Graham County and Tri-County Community College to provide solutions to each of the employees that will be affected by Stanley’s closure. This will include providing information about unemployment benefits, training, and potential career opportunities. We will provide services at the Tri-County Community College – Graham County Center located on Moose Branch Road.
We know these are uncertain times but we want to convey to the people of Graham County that we are here to assist in any way we can.”
– Pam Dickey, Tri-County Manager of Division of Workforce Solutions
“I have been in constant communication with federal and state officials as well as Stanley representatives. I would like to ensure everyone that every possible solution is being sought. The employees of Stanley Furniture, local businesses and every citizen of Graham County that is affected during this transition need to know that we are not in this alone and that we are doing everything possible to obtain the best outcome for this unfortunate situation.
We appreciate the cooperation and support of our many partners in the area and everyone needs to know that your local government is committed to finding real solutions in tough times.”
– Greg Cable, Graham County Manager
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