New numbers released by an organization that evaluates the economic climate of cities gives Greenville high marks. This year alone, the city jumped 85 spots, now landing 6th among the best cities for manufacturing jobs.
"I think the success in Greenville has to do with its history." Phil Hodges, President of Metrics has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to developing a business. He's the reason his company is what it is today.
"Things have evolved slowly over the years, but the manufacturing jobs have remained solid here and will continue to grow." Hodges said.
Wanda Yuhas and her team at the Pitt County Development Commission agree; they are trying to capitalize on the successes of the community.
"We have a great workforce, I think our people here are highly trained, we also have the training to skill up people." Kelly Andrews, Development Commission Associate Director said."
On an annual basis "New Geography" releases its rankings for the best cities for manufacturing jobs. This year Greenville climbed the ladder to number 6--- up 85 spots from last year. In 2012 it came in as 148th on their job growth scale, but in 2013 Greenville jumped to 27.
"We can't just hang our hats on the assets we already have, we have to keep finding ways to differentiate ourselves from other communities that have similar assets." Existing Industry Coordinator Scott Poag said.
Companies like ASMO are looking for those features in a community. In May, they chose to make a $91 million investment into Greenville by bringing in 200 additional jobs.
"80% of your new jobs come from your existing businesses." Poag said.