Company History

Foothills Industries operations began in 1972 with 3 Staff Members serving approximately 35 Consumers.

Since 1972 Foothills Industries has helped over 1,200 individuals with life skills training, vocational training, and employment.

1972 Foothills Industries began operating, under the auspices of Foothills Area Program, in the old Glenwood School Facility
1977 A corporation was formed in order to borrow monies for a new facility
1978 A new 8,000 square foot facility was constructed and began operations at 312 Lukin Street
1986 Constructed a 10,000 square foot building to house a new Adult Developmental Vocational Program
1988 Added a 1,200 square foot office addition
1991 Separated from Foothills Area Program and became a private, non-profit operation
1989 Added 4,400 square feet to existing building to expand medical drape production
1993 The program became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
1995 A 9,600 square foot, free-standing warehouse was completed
2004 Received 11 acres from McDowell County and began construction of a 40,000 square foot facility in the county’s industrial park
2004 Received 510(k) Certificate from the Food and Drug Administration to market non-sterile drapes and utility covers
2005 In November, moved into a new facility at 300 Rockwell Drive
2006 Assumed operation of the former McDowell Opportunities (Adult Developmental Vocational Program)
2006 Expanded Medical Drape production by partnering with the MARC Custom Medical Products (MCMP) Initiative
2007 Awarded SHARP Safety recognition by N.C. Department of Labor as one of approximately 100 in the state
2011 ISO 13485:2003 Registered
2017 Partnered with Vocational Rehabilitation to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) at McDowell High School
ISO 13485:2016 Registered
Added Long Term Community Support, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services and Day Supports to our Services Department
Foothills Industries of McDowell County, Inc.
300 Rockwell Drive
Marion, NC 28752 | 828-652-4088