About Us

Work Talk

Work Talk is a podcast about happenings in the region’s businesses.  Businesses that participate in the podcast have the opportunity to tell their story;  who are they, what do they do and what do they need to be competitive?  Job seekers, through listening to the podcast, have the opportunity to learn about business needs and expectations and how they might prepare to go to work for a particular business and/or in a particular industry.  We recognize that the more we understand about what businesses want/need, the more likely we are to meet that need.

For more information about Work Talk, contact Marty Holliday at marty.holliday@nrmrwib.org or 540-357-0651


Episode One – The Somic America Story:

Today you’ll learn about Somic America, located in Wytheville, VA, and the various positions that exist within the company. Discover what skill sets the company is looking for, what the hiring process looks like and some of the benefits of working for Somic America.

About Somic America: A leading supplier to the automotive manufacturing market, Somic America specializes in the manufacture of ball joints for suspension and steering systems, and rotary dampers for seat and tailgate applications.

Episode Two – Mohawk Industries, Opportunities with a Global Flooring Company:

Discover the story behind Mohawk Industries, a leader in flooring products, and the various opportunities that exist in their Hillsdale, VA plant. You’ll learn about some surprising benefits that the company offers and the various career opportunities that exist within the organization.

About Mohawk Industries:

Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring.

Episode Three – Employment Opportunities with Hollingsworth & Vose:

Vince Hatcher, site manager at Hollingsworth and Vose, discusses the story behind the company, the types of employment opportunities that are available, and what qualities and qualifications the company looks for in prospective employees.

Episode Four – Building A Talent Pipeline in Southwest Virginia

Episode Five – Helping Young People Explore a Career in Manufacturing

This episode was recorded live during the CPID Advanced Manufacturing Career Exploration Academy, which helps young people  explore and consider a career in manufacturing.

Guests include:

Stephanie Surrett is the Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing’s Center of Excellence
Kimber Simmons is the Business Services Coordinator for the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board

Episode Six – Introducing the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council

Robert McAden, Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council joins the program.

Robert discusses the types of IT companies in their membership and what their employee needs are.

Episode Seven – Volvo’s New River Valley Plant- Creating Great Jobs and World Class Trucks

Franky Marchand, Vice President and General Manager of the Volvo New River Valley plant joins the program to explain the work that they do at the plant, the job opportunities that are available, and their new customer center. He also discusses the qualities that they look for in job applicants.

Episode Eight – Pathways to the American Dream- Enhancing Workforce Development Capacity

In this episode you’ll hear from Jenny Bolte, Project Manager, Kimber Simmons, Business Services Coordinator and Liz Annis, Workforce System Navigator as they discuss an initiative that is helping to meet the workforce needs of area employers as well as helping job seekers find meaningful full-time employment.

Episode Nine: Giles County Youth Work Program- Best Practices for the Region

Today you’ll hear about the Giles County Summer Youth Work Program and the takeaways for other programs in the region.  Employment not only allows young people to cover expenses for themselves and their families- it also provides valuable opportunities for them to apply academic skills and learn occupation-specific as well as general “world of work” skills; such as teamwork, time management and problem solving.

Episode 10: Attracting and Retaining Talent to Build The Local Economy

In this episode, you’ll discover what’s happening in the region to attract and retain top talent in a tight labor market. You’ll hear about the connection between the education, business and workforce systems and how they all work together to create a talent pipeline and support economic development.

Episode 11: The Power of Apprenticeships

In this episode you’ll discover why apprenticeships have become such a hot topic, and the power they have to help fill the skills gap in a tight labor market. You’ll hear real stories about successful apprenticeship programs and the takeaway and lessons learned from those experiences.

Episode 12: How to Tap Into The Labor Pool of Persons with Disabilities

In this episode you’ll discover how and why the business community is choosing to tap into the labor market of persons with disabilities. You’ll also learn about the various services and supports that are available to support both job seekers and employers.