Hickory Ground Solutions Helps Struggling Southside Virginia

Dec 09, 2013, 15:16 ET from Hickory Ground Solutions

HEATHSVILLE, Va., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hickory Ground Solutions, a Heathsville-based company, is seeking ways to rebuild supply chains and improve employment opportunities in the counties of Mecklenburg, Brunswick and Halifax with a contract from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Hickory Ground Solutions is teaming with Supply Chain Visions LLC a consulting firm based in Boston, Mass. and Arlington, as part of the SBA's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program. The program aims to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in various regions of the United States with high unemployment.

Southside Virginia used to be a regional powerhouse in textiles, but with the passing of NAFTA in 2000, the area has suffered.

Working with the Southside Planning District Commission the Hickory Ground Solutions and Supply Chain Visions team will analyze the area to see what type of manufacturing can be developed and what it takes to do it.

They will study what resources are available and the financial impact on the community. Another goal is to increase small business participation in manufacturing and supplies.

Area businesses that are able to work together as well as local business suppliers will be identified with the hopes of creating well-paying manufacturing jobs and rebuild supply chains throughout the manufacturing communities.

The team will look to stabilize their manufacturing industry and push to grow their economy. The team's mapping methodology will provide the necessary framework to grasp the underlying supply chain flows – and their interdependencies – in order to identify opportunity.

"Many times business people overlook the nearby area and don't know who has what to offer," said Bart Morrison, Hickory Ground Solutions' Chief Executive Officer.

The team hopes to bridge the gap between local buyers and sellers in the area as well.

Founded in 2008, Hickory Ground Solutions is an operationally mature, customer-centric, and process driven 8(a) Native American Owned business. HGS is an innovator in the delivery of strategic consulting services to achieve measurable and lasting business results; including various IT Solutions from API architectures to Cyber Security Training, Cyber Risk Analysis, Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Solutions, and Training.

SOURCE Hickory Ground Solutions