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Swedwood supplier to establish center in Pittsylvania

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Axxor Group, an IKEA supplier, plans to establish its first U.S. operation in Pittsylvania County, creating 31 jobs.

Axxor N.A. will be located in the Ringgold East Industrial Park, near the Cane Creek Centre, where IKEA subsidiary Swedwood North American is located. Axxor designs and produces honeycomb made of paper and glues that are used in Swedwood’s product line.

“Swedwood North America was a transformational project for Southern Virginia, and Axxor Group’s investment in Pittsylvania County is an outgrowth of that partnership,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “When any company establishes a large operation in Virginia we immediately strive to use their presence to draw potential suppliers to the same area.”

McDonnell met with Axxor officials during a marketing trip in July 2010. Virginia completed against North Carolina for the investment.

“We at Axxor N.A. are very pleased to establish our base in Virginia,” said Robert Boerrigter, who will head Axxor N.A. “The proximity and our commitment to Swedwood were our starting point, and the proactive and professional business environment that Virginia offered heavily influenced our final decision. In addition to Swedwood, we expect to be serving many other businesses and industries from this facility.”

McDonnell approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Pittsylvania with the project and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $100,000.


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