Jobs for Southwest Virginia

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There was good news on the job front for Southwest Virginia today. Two companies,
CGI and Columbus McKinnon Corp., announced expansions to existing operations.

CGI, a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Fairfax-based CGI Group Inc., plans to add 100 positions to its software development and systems integration center in Russell County. CGI, which provides IT services to the government and private sector, presently employs about 290 people.

It opened its center in rural Russell several years ago. “This company has been instrumental in creating the rural IT model for Southwest Virginia, and I am thrilled that CGI will add another 100 skilled positions …” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said in a statement. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $250,000 in funds for the project.

Meanwhile in Washington County, Columbus McKinnon — a manufacturer and marketer of material handling products — plans to invest $5 million in its Damascus Hoist Division operations plant as part of a corporate restructuring.

The operation will stay in Damascus, creating 70 new jobs and retaining 174 current positions. “Our Virginia plant has been a very safe, productive and progressive plant ..,” said Gene Buer, vice president of Columbus McKinnon. To assist with the project, Kaine has approved $140,000 from his Governor’s Opportunity Fund. In addition, the state’s tobacco commission is awarding $283,000. 

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