Spindale company announces expansion

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

A company based in Spindale has made plans to expand its facility and add 53 new jobs to its workforce.

On Tuesday, John Northcott, director of sales and business development for Manroy Defense Systems said the company is planning to invest more than $600,000 to improve its Spindale facility.

"We still have space to grow and we intend to do that," Northcott said.

Manroy Defense Systems machines and manufactures gun parts and, according to Northcott, is a leading supplier to the global defense industry.

Northcott said that Manroy has secured approximately $15 million in government contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Manroy moved to Spindale from Alabama in August 2011 into a 135,000 square-foot facility that was a former textile mill. Currently, the company has 48 employees.

"Any community would be happy to have a company like Manroy in their backyard," said Julius Owens, Rutherford County Commission chairman.

The 53 new jobs that will be available will be ranged from entry-level machining to some management positions.

"The idea is that these will be local hires," Northcott said.

For the Town of Spindale, Mayor Mickey Bland said that the addition to Manroy is a step towards getting back to the former years when the downtown was not passable at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. because of textile mill traffic.

"We may not be back to those days, but we are hopeful," Bland said.

Northcott said that despite the fact that Manroy has been in Spindale for a limited time, the intent is that the company will continue to grow and expand its facility in Rutherford County.

"We are still a small company in the industry but we have some skill sets that allow us to grow even more," Northcott said. "We are very pleased with our decision to be here and we look forward to being here even longer.

The hiring for the new positions will be handled through the Division of Employment Security office in Forest City and the openings will be posted as they become available.