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Homestead Building Systems to expand Orange operations

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Homestead Building Systems Inc. announced Tuesday plans to expand its production operation in Orange County, creating 60 new jobs.

The $2.45 million investment will allow the company to serve increased demand for its custom-engineered lumber products.

As part of this project, Homestead Building Systems will increase its annual purchase of Virginia forestry products by more than 30 percent over the next three years.

Demand for Homestead Building Systems’ quality engineered lumber products has continued to grow since its 1996 opening in Bristow. The company made its first major expansion in 2013, with the addition of its operation in Orange.

Homestead Building Systems is a manufacturer of wall panels and roof and open web floor trusses, and it also offers loose lumber and comprehensive carpentry services.

As part of the investment, the company has purchased and installed a new linear saw, according to Homestead Building Systems President and CEO Dave Baird. Shop automation equipment is being added next week, and the company will erect a lumber storage building in the fall and winter during off peak production.

Gov. Ralph Northam approved a $78,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. Orange will match the grant with local funds. The company employs about 60 people right now at its operations in Orange and will begin hiring for the additional 60 immediately.

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