Fitch Lumber named certified living wage employer

Carrboro, N.C. — Fitch Lumber in Carrboro, North Carolina has been named a Living Wage Certified Employer by an area non-profit focused on raising the number of living-wage career opportunities in Orange County, North Carolina.

Orange County Living Wage says that businesses “voluntarily certify as living wage employers because they believe fair compensation is good for their employees and the local economy.” Once recognized, the businesses benefit from the community engagement and advocacy provided by Orange County living Wage Supporters, which includes consumer campaigns such as “buycotts,” encouraging community members to shop at certified businesses.

Census data shows the median household income in Orange County was $68,211 in 2018, with a per-capita income of $40,650.

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The announcement was made Friday, July 24 on local radio station WCHL, which referred to Fitch Lumber as “a beloved Carrboro institution.” Also featured on the show was Fitch Lumber’s partnership with Hope Renovations, a non-profit offering pre-apprentice building trades programs for underemployed women.

Fitch Lumber, a member of the LBM Century Club, was founded in 1907 by A.B. Fitch, and is now in its fourth-generation of family ownership.

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