Hospitality furniture plant to create 67 jobs in Henry

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Kimball Hospitality plans to open a furniture manufacturing plant in Henry County, creating 67 jobs.

“Henry County is the perfect fit for Kimball Hospitality due to its rich history in the furniture manufacturing industry,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said. “The region has industry-specific trained employees available, which will ensure an efficient startup for Kimball with a highly skilled work force.”

The 60,000-square-foot plant will be located in the Patriot Center Industrial Park and include offices, a showroom and production operations. The plant will manufacture upholstered seating products for hospitality guestrooms and public spaces.

Virginia competed against Indiana and North Carolina for the project.

Company officials said they chose Henry County because of its experienced work force.

“The skills and craftsmanship that have become such a tradition in this talent-rich environment make the selection of this location an easy decision,” said Bob Bomholt, vice president of sales and marketing for Kimball Hospitality, said in a statement. “From pattern makers and frame makers, to those with sewing skills and upholstery experience and engineering know-how in computer programming and AutoCAD design, the talented people of this area are a foundation for success.”

The news is welcome for a region that has been plagued with plant closings and lay offs, many in furniture manufacturing. Henry had a 14.2 percent unemployment rate in May, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $205,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.

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