Workforce Development

The City of Franklin and Southampton County’s location in the Commonwealth of Virginia and proximity to the Hampton Roads region offers a wide variety of labor benefits. The state of Virginia is a right-to-work state with workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance costs which rank as the fifth lowest in the nation. A strong transportation network throughout Hampton Roads accesses a large variety of skill sets to support every industry from retail, warehousing and logistics to advanced manufacturing and information technology.

Major Employers


Company Product/Service Estimated Employment
Enviva Wood Pellet Manufacturing 100-199
Solenis Chemicals 50-99
Birdsong Peanuts Peanut Processing 50-99
Hubbard Peanut Co., Inc. Peanut Processing and Sales 50-99
FERIDIES Peanuts Peanut Processing and Sales 20-49


Company Product/Service Estimated Employment
Southampton Memorial Hospital Health Care 300-599
Paul D. Camp Community College Higher Education 300-599
Deerfield Correctional Center Correctional Institution 100-299
Food Lion, Inc. Retail Food 100-299
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Discount Supercenter 100-299

Workforce Resources

The regional Workforce Investment Board, works to strengthen the regional workforce to support a growing and changing economy. The organization provides services ranging from job training funds to assisting employers undertaking layoffs or closures.

Paul D. Camp Community College and the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center offers a variety of customized training, education, and workforce services to meet the needs of new, existing, and downsizing employers.

Workforce Resources