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Salem Industries seeks new direction

Salem Industries has unveiled a new logo and two new brochures, according to Leigh Guth, program director.
The goal of the new products, funded by the United Way, is to expand Salem Industries’ business, and better reflect changes that have modernized the agency in recent years.
“We have been looking forward to a clean, fresh look that would reflect the new attitudes toward employing people with disabilities,” she said. “In the last four years, we have made major strides in partnering with local industries to provide jobs for the disabled of our county.
“We will continue to advocate for individuals who need our services and for businesses and industries to partner with us to put our people to work. This new logo and the two new brochures that were made possible because of United Way funding are tools that will help us to maximize our potential.”
Rhonda Sigmon, director of United Way of Lincoln County, said Salem Industries applied for the necessary funding during the United Way’s annual allocations process.
“We are happy to help our human services agencies get information out about the services they provide to the community, and the brochures recently completed by Salem Industries are a good example of that,” Sigmon said.
Salem Industries’ new logo, which melds the company’s name with a starburst, has a futuristic, dynamic feel that Guth says reflects the progressiveness of the agency and the accomplishments it has realized. The logo— which already appears on the brochures— gradually will be added to business cards, letterheads and signage.
Two separate tri-fold brochures were created to address the agency’s primary, yet distinct, audiences— potential industrial partners and families interested in Salem’s job-training and placement services.
Serving Lincoln County since 1972, Salem Industries is a fully-accredited community rehabilitation program. Individuals are referred to Salem Industries by the school system, Pathways (the local mental health agency) and the N.C. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Salem Industries boasts a 60-member workforce, which is intensely supported by the agency’s management team. All jobs performed by Salem Industries’ workers are supervised— either in-house or in the private sector. That means whenever one of Salem Industries’ workers gets a job, a supervisor learns the same job, enabling them to coach their worker, as well as fill in when an absence occurs.
The Timken Company and Alpharma both employ Salem Industries’ workers. Other contract jobs are performed at Salem Industries’ headquarters, located in an 8,000 square foot building on a three-acre campus on Salem Church Road. Lincoln County Commissioners purchased the facility in 1991.
Salem Industries is a division of Gaston Skills, a private, non-profit organization, which was established in Gaston County in 1964. Salem Industries also is
For more information about Salem Industries, contact Leigh Guth at 704-732-1516.by Staff Reports

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