Woodgrain Millwork Plans Manufacturing Facility In Smyth County, Virginia
With seven mills across the globe, Woodgrain is one of the largest manufacturers of wood moulding and trim and the largest manufacturer of prefinished mouldings in the country. The company will invest $1.86 million in site improvements and equipment needed to build an 18,000 square-foot addition to its Marion mill. The company’s primary products will be exterior door frames, brick mouldings, and doorjambs. Woodgrain Millwork is also committing to purchase more than $4.6 million of Virginia lumber over the next three years, or 78 percent of the forestry inputs needed for the new production venture.
“Woodgrain is excited to be building on the strong tradition of wood manufacturing in Smyth County. This 18,000 square foot addition will allow us to grow our business and continue to be a vital part of the Southwest Virginia economy. The Commonwealth of Virginia and Smyth County were proactive in making this project a reality for the town of Marion, Virginia. Woodgrain Millwork appreciates everyone’s support and we look forward to continued growth in Virginia,” Robb Hitch, Eastern Regional Manager for Woodgrain Millwork said.
As an incentive, the Commonwealth is partnering with Smyth County and Woodgrain Millwork on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist with the project, which Smyth County is matching with local funds. The company was also awarded a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
“Woodgrain Millwork’s continued investment in Smyth County and Virginia represents increased opportunities for the county and local forestland owners,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. “Southwest Virginia is regarded as one of the Commonwealth’s most abundant and sustainable wood baskets, so Woodgrain Millwork is well-positioned for continued success. Forestry is Virginia’s third largest private industry, responsible for a $17 billion economic impact annually and over 100,000 jobs, and projects like this in the forestry sector are contributing to the Governor’s efforts to build the new Virginia economy.”
“This expansion is another wonderful testament to the outstanding assets the Commonwealth has to offer to businesses of all sizes across many industries,” added Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Woodgrain Millwork has benefitted from the great infrastructure, friendly business climate and outstanding talent in the region, and we are pleased the company is able to take advantage of Virginia’s training programs to further prepare its employees.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Virginia’s forestry industry supports thousands of good jobs in our rural communities and provides important market opportunities for the Commonwealth’s private forestland owners. Partnering with a company like Woodgrain Millwork is a great way my administration can support Virginia’s forest products sector, one of Virginia’s top private industries. Woodgrain Millwork’s new expansion will bring welcomed employment opportunities and economic vitality to the region, further helping with my administration’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy.
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