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04/21/2022

Trex names Little Rock workforce development director

James Reddish will lead talent initiatives and community engagement at the decking manufacturer’s new $400 million facility.
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James Reddish Trex Little Rock
James Reddish

Trex has appointed of James Reddish as the company’s director of Little Rock Workforce Development and Community Engagement.

In this newly created role, Reddish will lead and facilitate talent readiness initiatives as Trex moves forward with a $400 million investment to build its newest manufacturing facility at the Port of Little Rock, Ark.

The new production plant is expected to create more than 500 new jobs, Trex said.

Reddish previously served as 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.

“Reddish brings business experience that will be integral in helping to establish our footprint in Little Rock,” said Bryan Fairbanks, Trex president and CEO. “His background working with leaders, the community, and in economic development will be an asset to Trex as we grow.”

According to Trex, Reddish will also engage in public policy, community engagement activities, public relations, and workforce development planning. The Winchester, Va.-based alternative wood decking manufacturer said Reddish’s role will also support Trex’s ESG initiatives and help foster economic growth in the Little Rock community. 

The new director will be a member of the senior leadership team reporting directly to Jay Rudolph, vice president of human resources for Trex Company.

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The facility will begin construction this year with finished goods production expected to begin in 2024.

“This position will be pivotal to establishing and amplifying Trex within our newest manufacturing community,” noted Rudolph. “Given James’ experience, connections and passion for the Little Rock area – and for Trex, we can’t imagine a better choice to help shape our connection to our new home.”

In addition to his work at the Little Rock Chamber, Reddish has led a 12-county regional economic development initiative and spearheads a public high-school transformation project in Arkansas. 

Before his work in Little Rock, Reddish worked with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Chicago and the Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce, where he helped add nearly 5,000 jobs to the region.

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