Greenville BPN

The Greenville Area office held a Business Partnership Network (BPN) meeting on May 23. The diverse group of business and community leaders attending included representatives from North American Rescue, HKA Enterprises, Greenville Area Development Corporation, SC Works, Southern Weaving Corporation, the Hispanic Alliance, Carolina Tool Works, Del-Tec, Concepts to Companies, Southern Weaving Corporation, and Upstate Packaging LLC.

David Turnipseed, Area Supervisor, and Bernard Jones, Business Development Specialist, discussed how VR prepares clients for employment opportunities which require significant technical skills and plans to bring more demand driven training into the Training Center. They also talked about expanding outreach into the growing Hispanic community.

Turnipseed highlighted VR’s ability to place clients into competitive employment, modernization of the Greenville facilities and the addition of Two Rivers Medical (TRM) into the Training Center.

Jim Carino, Vice President of Operations at North American Rescue (NAR), wrapped up the meeting with a presentation about TRM and a tour of the VR facilities undergoing modifications to accommodate this business. TRM is a long established business, originally located in Missouri, which provides pharmaceuticals, medical-surgical supplies, dental supplies and lab equipment, kitting of materials, and warehousing and distribution to the U.S. military. TRM was recently purchased by and is a subsidiary of NAR.

VR clients will begin training in the TRM area in early August.