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Big R Bridge plans to open $1.9 million facility in Washington County

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Big R Bridge, which develops engineered solutions for steel bridges and other structures, plans to invest $1.9 million to start an operation in Washington County.

The company, based in Greeley, Colo., made the announcement in a joint statement Tuesday with Gov. Bob McDonnell. In Virginia, Big R Bridge will manufacture prefabricated bridge parts at its new location in the former Lynchburg Steel facility, creating 32 new jobs during the next three years.

“This project marks an important step in Big R Bridge’s expansion plans to the Eastern U.S.  We are excited to be partnering with the state of Virginia and making Washington County the location of our next bridge manufacturing facility,” Cameron Klein, president and CEO of Big R Bridge, said in a statement.

Big R Bridge is a subsidiary of Atlantic Industries Limited, based in New Brunswick, Canada. It has been supplying prefabricated bridges and custom engineered products across America for more than 40 years.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Washington County and Virginia’s aCorridor to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. McDonnell approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Washington County with the project.

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission also approved $125,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.

Joe Straten, chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, said, “This project matches the company with a former steel facility and creates valuable jobs for our citizens—truly a win-win for the community and the company.”


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