Asheboro Leaders React to "60 Minutes" Episode

11:21 PM, Oct 28, 2012   |    comments
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Asheboro, NC - Just over 25,000 people live in the city of Asheboro and one-third of those work in manufacturing.

In 2008, it was named one of the fastest dying towns in America but just four years and 1,400 jobs later, the city is coming back, and that caught the attention of CBS' 60 Minutes.

News 2 watched the episode with Asheboro's Mayor David Smith, Asheboro Chamber of Commerce Chairman Kim Markham and North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco.

"It gave us hope. We have a lot of good things going on and I think they highlighted that," said Mayor Smith.

"It was a good episode, it was about Asheboro in Randolph County but it could have been about any town in North Carolina or anywhere in the United States," said Secretary Crisco.

The story of recession is echoed across the country but it's the rebound that's unique to Asheboro.

"Randolph County as a whole, you will not find, we are second to none as far as work ethic, again skilled individuals that are ready to either go into business for themselves or to be a new employee for another employer," explained Kim Markham, Chairman, Asheboro Chamber of Commerce.

"I'm very, very pleased with that what we're doing. It's hope, but it's also results. Good results," explained Secretary Crisco.

"We're still very industrious. When I talk about Energizer having three plants here, we have a Georgia-Pacific plant here, we have Timken here. Yes, we've lost some but we still have a lot to hang our hat on...to be proud of that we still do have manufacturing here," said Markham.

And then came what Mayor Smith calls the "hope," the Miss Jenny's Pickles of our area. They're the people who've built a successful business in the midst of a collapsing economy.

"I was real excited for the pickle girls, I wish they lived in Asheboro!" said Mayor Smith,

News 2 sat down with Jenny Fulton and Ashley Furr of Miss Jenny's Pickles for a Made in the Triad exclusive.

While they may not live or work in Randolph County, their entrepreneurial spirit is the same.

"It does show you that it takes a long time, the economic crisis was a very traumatic thing, I get frustrated with politicians who expect an immediate rebound - we won't have that. But positive things are happening," said Secretary Crisco.

Click the link to watch WFMY News 2's Made in the Triad to learn more about Miss Jenny's Pickles.

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