James Reddish to join Trex in workforce, community outreach role

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Wood alternative decking manufacturer Trex Company, which is locating a $400 million campus in the Little Rock Port, announced Wednesday (April 20) it has hired Jame Reddish as the company’s director of Little Rock Workforce Development and Community Engagement.

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.

In this newly created role, Reddish will lead and facilitate talent readiness initiatives as Trex moves forward with its manufacturing facility at the port. The company said it plans to hire 500 workers over the next five years in Little Rock.

“Reddish brings business experience that will be integral in helping to establish our footprint in Little Rock,” said Trex President and CEO Bryan Fairbanks. “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. This role will also support Trex’s ESG initiatives and help foster economic growth in the Little Rock community. He will be a member of the senior leadership team reporting directly to Jay Rudolph, Vice President of Human Resources for Trex Company.

“This position will be pivotal to establishing and amplifying Trex within our newest manufacturing community,” Rudolph said. “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.”

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