Local News

More New Jobs Coming to Rocky Mount Area

Posted November 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Some much-needed new jobs are coming to one part of the state. Governor Jim Hunt was in Rocky Mount Tuesday morning to announce the opening of a new customer service center.

The new jobs are particularly important, since they are the type of positions that unemployed local people can be trained to fill. The Nash and Edgecombe county areas have high unemployment rates. The incoming company says it wants to work with Nash Community College to train some of the 250 people it will employ. The company also says people will be supporting the program when renting movies.

The company is called DIVX, and produces small-sized video discs. It plans to open the local customer service center in the spring of 1998. DIVX Senior Vice President, Miles Circo says some big movie names have already signed on to put their films on these discs, and top electronics manufacturers will be producing players.

The company will be located in the old Rocky Mount K-Mart building that has been unoccupied for about four years. Over the two years following its opening, the company plans to hire an additional 200 people.