Little Neck, NY — Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. has donated two of its manufacturing facilities and properties to Ashe County Job Development Inc., a community economic development organization focused on attracting businesses and job opportunities to North Carolina’s Ashe’s County. The properties, located in Jefferson, North Carolina, are being donated to assist in the creation of local area jobs. Due to the severe decline in residential housing starts and commercial/industrial construction, the manufacturing of product lines at these facilities was consolidated at plants the company operates in Morganton, North Carolina, and El Paso, Texas, last year.
As a leading employer in the community for four decades, Ashe County and Leviton have shared a mutually beneficial partnership, with this year marking the 40th anniversary of the relationship. Over this period, Leviton has developed world-class operations and implemented ISO Certification, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, 5s and JIT programs with the help and support of its employees. Leviton employees have also designed and built the company’s automation equipment along with various molds and dies required in the manufacturing process.
As a family-owned company that provides active support for the communities in which it operates, Leviton anticipates that its donation will position Ashe County to competitively recruit job opportunities for those employees who have been affected by the impact of the economic downturn. It is on behalf of those employees that Leviton makes this donation, noted Lou Lovelace, vice president and general manager of the company’s Southern Devices Division.