Southwest Virginia to get 140 new jobs

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Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that two companies that produce “green” products will expand in Southwest Virginia, creating 140 jobs in one of the most economically depressed regions of the state.

Dove Vinyl Windows plans to open a manufacturing facility in Pulaski County, creating 100 jobs, while Guardian Industries will expand its current operations in the city of Galax, creating another 40 jobs.

Dove Vinyl Windows, based in Pennsylvania, will spend $2 million to open its first manufacturing plant in Virginia. Its windows and other products are designed to help save money by reducing energy usage.

“The southwest corner of Virginia was chosen as an expansion location due to its proximity to our current customer base and with ideas of further territory expansion,” Bruce Dove Jr., general manager of Dove Vinyl, said in a statement. “The highway system is ideal for distribution of our products. Moreover, the New River Valley has shown us that they have a labor force that we can partner with and succeed.”

Guardian Industries will spend $2.1 million to expand operations at its Consolidated Glass & Mirror facility in Galax to manufacture a new “green” line of mirrors. The company will produce specially coated mirrors used in concentrating solar power. The mirrors track the sun and radiate its energy onto a central receiver that magnifies the power, which is used to vaporize water into steam and power turbines to create electricity.

“Guardian and Consolidated have a long history in Galax, and we are excited to expand our operations here,” Dennis Carroll, plant manager, said in a statement.  “This is a pro-business community with a great work force. We appreciate the assistance from the commonwealth, the City of Galax, and Virginia’s aCorridor in making this project a reality.”

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $100,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds to assist Galax with the project.

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