Commissioners Honor JCI With Industry Appreciation Award

Selma-based Non-Profit Serves People and Companies in Five Counties

The Johnston County Board of Commissioners honored officials of Johnston County Industries (JCI) on Monday with the Johnston County Industry Appreciation Award. The award was given to the not-for-profit company at the commissioners November meeting held in the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield.

“Here’s an organization that has helped countless people across five counties build and maintain strong connections to the job market, all the while offering companies in the region access to a wide array of necessary skill-sets,” said Jeffrey Carver, chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “JCI serves a mission that benefits both the public and private sectors, and helps keep the fabric of our community and local economy strong.”

Founded in 1975 as a community rehabilitation facility, JCI evaluates and trains people with mental, emotional or physical barriers that might otherwise prevent them from participating in the workforce.The organization provides on-site manufacturing and assembly work, community integration, youth and other services. The organization’s efforts create a reliable pool of qualified workers for local employers. JCI offers high-quality products and manufacturing solutions that are proven to be a high-value, low-cost alternative to offshoring.

Headquartered in Selma, JCI occupies 130,000 square feet of space across locations in Johnston, Wayne, Sampson, Lee and Harnett counties. It employs over 200 full-time and part-time workers.  JCI operates the JCI Thrift Store and Donation Center on Bright Leaf Boulevard and the Cyber Cafe restaurant in the Johnston Medical Mall.  The organization also provides staffing for the Selma train station.

“On behalf of everyone at JCI, it’s an honor to accept this award from the Board of Commissioners,” said C. W. “Bill” Sharek, Jr., JCI’s president and CEO. “We’re proud of the impact JCI makes on our community, which takes place with strong support from our partners, sponsors and donors.”

Johnston County’s Board of Commissioners offers the county’s Industry Appreciation Award each quarter. Past recipients have included Bailey Feed Mill, Novo Nordisk and Studio TK.