Skyline Fabricating Inc., a metal fabrication company specializing in structural steel construction, will invest more than $675,000 to expand its operations in Buchanan County, Virginia. The project is expected to create 22 new jobs.
The company will construct a 25,000-square-foot facility in Southern Gap to meet increased demand for its steel and aluminum fabricated products and expanded customer base outside Virginia.
“Skyline Fabricating is excited to expand our operations to the Southern Gap site in Buchanan County,” said Skyline Fabricating President Kenneth W. Horne. “The developing infrastructure will broaden our markets in the fabricating and manufacturing industries. We look forward to creating additional jobs from the talented and experienced workforce in this area.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Buchanan County, the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority, and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. Skyline Fabricating’s job creation will be supported through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. The program is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.
“The advanced manufacturing sector is a pillar of Virginia’s economy due to continued investments from industry partners like Skyline Fabricating, and it is exciting to see the company expand its Buchanan County operation,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “We thank Skyline Fabricating for reinvesting in the Commonwealth and creating 22 more, good-paying jobs for hardworking county residents.”
The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority approved a $538,030 loan to the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority for site development and construction of the new building at Southern Gap. The building will be lease-purchased by the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority to Skyline Fabricating, Inc.
“Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority was pleased to assist the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority and Skyline Fabricating with the company’s decision to expand its operations to the Southern Gap development in Buchanan County,” said Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Executive Director and General Counsel Jonathan S. Belcher. “This will help create good manufacturing jobs that will be a boost to the economy of Buchanan County and the region. We are very excited to see Skyline Fabricating locate at Southern Gap and the continued progress that has been made at that development, of which the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority has been a major funder, along with the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority, the county, and others.”
Skyline Fabricating specializes in the construction of bridges, walkways, and handrails, as well as aluminum fabrication, mobile welding, and plasma cutting. The company draws customers from the energy, structural and equipment production industries.