Brevard, NC-Offroad Research Group (ORG) announced plans to locate to Transylvania County, NC. ORG, a small business currently located in Pembroke, Virginia selected the community based on the area's unique blend of quality of life, outdoor amenities, and proximity to an existing network of manufacturers and suppliers. ORG specializes in custom vehicle builds, and the development of outdoor gear specifically tailored to mountain biking, kayaking, hunting, fly fishing and other recreational sports. Products have been featured in numerous media events including the television series The Search with Blaine Anthony.
Company owner Jason Bowman was first introduced to the region through outreach conducted by Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, a collaboration between AdvantageWest and existing manufacturing businesses engaged in the development of outdoor-related gear which includes Brevard-based SylvanSport. Following a formal search for a new location, the company selected a 10,000 square foot facility located on Highway 280 near the entrance of the county. The company plans to be operational by July, 2015.
Andy VonCanon, Chairman of the Transylvania Economic Alliance commented, “We are incredibly excited Offroad Research Group plans to join Transylvania County’s growing outdoor gear manufacturing cluster. We look forward to welcoming this business to the community.” In addition, Mike Hawkins, Chairman of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners commented, “Our community has long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those that are passionate about cycling, hiking, and fishing. On behalf of the community we look forward to a great future for this small business.”
The introduction of new lines of outdoor gear has led to growing popularity in the company. The business’s relocation to Transylvania County, NC will create 3-4 new job opportunities for the community. Immediate needs include an automotive technician with ASE certification, a welding and metal fabrication specialist, an administration support person, and a part-time digital media representative with experience in videography and photography. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume to email@example.com or P.O. Box 187, Pembroke, Virginia, 24136.