Trex Co. of Winchester, Virginia, which is planning a new plant at the Little Rock Port, has hired James Reddish to the newly-created position of director of Little Rock workforce development and community development.
Reddish will "facilitate talent readiness," the composite deck manufacturer said in a news release, as Trex moves forward with the plant. The new facility is a $400 million investment expected to create more than 500 jobs.
Reddish was previously executive vice president for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he led the chamber's workforce development, communications, events, sales and member planning programs.
In his new role, Reddish will also engage in public policy, community engagement activities, public relations and workforce development planning. The position will support Trex's environmental, social and governance initiatives and help foster economic growth in the Little Rock community.
"Reddish brings business experience that will be integral in helping to establish our footprint in Little Rock," Bryan Fairbanks, Trex president and CEO, said in the release. "His background working with leaders, the community and in economic development will be an asset to Trex as we grow."
Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin this year with a completion date in 2024.