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Classic Creations Invests $1.4 Million To Establish Operations Center In Hillsville, Virginia

Area Development Online News Desk (10/29/2013)
Classic Creations will invest $1.4 million to establish a new commercial screen printing operation to provide retail products to the sports industry in Carroll County, Virginia, creating 55 new jobs. All sales, administration, manufacturing, finishing, shipping, and distribution will be performed out of the facility at 358 Industrial Park Drive in Hillsville, Virginia.

The firm will provide high-tech screen printing, embroidery, art, packaging, warehousing, and fulfillment services to the nationwide imprinted apparel market. Classic Creations is a state of-the-art company that will provide contract and full package programs to major retailers, manufacturers, licensing companies, and promotional product distributors.

CEO Keith Sanders said, "Classic Creations came to Carroll County for several reasons. The main reason being the high quality of the workforce, an available facility that fit Classic Creations requirements of square footage and curb appeal, lower startup cost, logistics, excellent transportation routes, and lower monthly operating cost.”

Gov. Bob McDonnell said, "Classic Creations was established to fulfill a niche, and today we celebrate that the company chose Virginia and Carroll County as home to its retail products operation for the sports and motorsports industries. This project is a great fit for the recreation interests of the region, and the capital investment and new job creation is outstanding for Carroll County."

"We commend the hard work and dedication of all involved to show Classic Creations that Carroll County is the best location for their new operation," said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "An available facility that meets the company's needs and allows quick start-up to production, and a workforce trained and available are major factors that put Virginia ahead of the competition. We are confident that Classic Creations will find success supplying products for the motorsports industry that is strong and thriving in Virginia."

Industrial Development Authority, The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, The Virginia Tobacco Commission, the SBDC-Blue Ridge Crossroads, Virginia's aCorridor, and Town of Hillsville partnered to provide incentives and assistance to open the operation in Carroll County."

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Carroll County and Virginia's aCorridor to secure the project for Virginia. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $175,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company's recruitment and training activities.

Mr. Richard Slate, Chairman of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority, said, "With the support of the Board of Supervisors, the IDA has been working hard to fill vacant buildings in our Industrial Park with jobs. We are much more competitive as a community now that we have natural gas. This project in particular could not have landed here if the IDA had not installed the new natural gas system. It is really nice to see the fruits of our labor bring prosperity to the community I love."

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