Company could bring 300 jobs

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By April Wright, Reporter

A textile company is interested in locating in the area, and 500 applicants turned out for the survey application process last week at the Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax.

This survey is to see if there is enough interest from the local workforce to start an operation here.

If the company should decide to locate in the Twin Counties, it would create 300 jobs.

VEC Director Bill Webb said he doesn't know the specifics at this point, since the company is corresponding with county officials, which are protecting its identity.

“The surveys turned out well, and hopefully we'll hear good news soon,” said Webb. “If we can get this company in here, it will be a big boost for our citizens.

“The applicants looked good. I think we have the best-trained employees, most loyal, most dedicated, and they're ready to go to work today.”

According to an advertisement placed in The Gazette, the company is seeking 200 sewing operators, 25 workers, five for gerber cutting, five spreaders, five warehouse workers, three shipping clerks, 15 material handlers, five lead personnel and 10 bundlers.

In management, the company is seeking one employee in purchasing, six supervisors, one mechanical engineer, one industrial engineer, two production controllers, two quality controllers, two accountants and two human resource reps. Salaries in management would be $25,000-$50,000.

The textile company also would hire one plant manager and one designer, with salaries advertised at $50,000-plus.

Webb said the survey process is part of a cooperative effort with the neighboring counties. Landing a large employer would be good for everyone.

“The VEC is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the other jurisdictions,” said Webb. “We're doing everything we can do to make it happen, and we'll do anything we can to help any locality to help businesses come to the area.”