Trex Company, the decking and outdoor products manufacturer that moved into Little Rock last fall, recently appointed James Reddish as its 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, eventually creating over 500 new jobs. The facility will begin construction this year with finished goods production expected to begin in 2024.
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.”
In addition to talent readiness, Reddish will engage in public policy, community engagement activities, public relations and workforce development planning. He will be a member of the senior leadership team reporting directly to Jay Rudolph, vice president of Human Resources for Trex Company.
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, he 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. Reddish is a graduate of James Madison University and the University of Louisville.