SteelFab to expand Emporia operation

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SteelFab plans to spend $2.14 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Emporia, creating 18 jobs, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday.

The company plans to construct a new building and add machinery and equipment to increase its steel fabrication output.

Virginia competed against Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina for the project.

“We have grown our footprint regionally and our Virginia location is central to many important markets, and is convenient to the steel support industry in Central Virginia,” Rob Burlington, president of SteelFab said in a statement.

SteelFab has more than 900 employees in seven manufacturing locations and five other offices in the U.S. The firm offers project management, steel erection, connection design and steel detailing.

McAuliffe approved a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Emporia with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $60,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

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