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  • Governor McAuliffe announces $1 million investment in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Thomas Automation Management (TAM), an automation firm that solves industrial IT problems for companies around the world, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Carroll County, creating 15 new jobs.

    It was the fifth economic development announcement for Carroll County this year, officials noted as they spoke of the partnerships that have been developed for the sake of economic growth.

  • Galax merchants helping charities

    Want to shop local this holiday season and give locally, too?

    Prefer to support shops and services who help your favorite organizations?

    Here’s a list of businesses in Galax who have made donations to, or offer customers a chance to give to, area charities while they search for that perfect gift:

    Bogey’s Restaurant is collecting for Hope House, the Galax Fire Department’s Community Christmas Food Fund, local Angel Trees and private requests.

  • Center helps grow small local businesses

    HILLSVILLE ― Local small businesses created fewer jobs this year and fewer new businesses started up, but more existing companies expanded and jobs were retained.

    These figures came from the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Galax, which works with local entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses.

    Mandy Archer, director of the SBDC, gave a report on this year’s figures to the Carroll County IDA at its Nov. 4 meeting.

  • County celebrates filling industrial park

    HILLSVILLE – Now that the Carroll County Industrial Park is 100 percent full, Carroll County leaders will direct their efforts toward Wildwood Commerce Park at Exit 19 on Interstate 77.

    Andrews Farming and ANDCO Logistics, a company that reaches from New York to Florida, will expand into the vacant Virginia Produce building, filling the last vacancy in the park.

    Keith Andrews, president and CEO, said the company plans to invest $5.6 million and hire 51 people over the next three years.

  • IDA takes care of business expansion details

    After last Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Carroll County municipal building announcing the creation of 51 new jobs by Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company ANDCO Logistics, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority held a called meeting to vote on details concerning the announcement.

    During the meeting, the IDA voted unanimously on several motions, including approval to sublease the property to ANDCO and Andrews Farming. The property is owned by Virginia Produce, leased by the IDA, and is now being subleased to ANDCO and Andrews

  • Andrews Farming announces 51 new jobs

    UPDATED 10/23/14:

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The county filled the last building in the Carroll Industrial Park on Tuesday when Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister operation ANDCO Logistics Inc. announced plans to expand their operation, invest $5.6 million and hire 51 people over a three-year period.

  • Sheetz won't open until 2016 in Galax

    Sheetz will apparently not begin construction on its Galax store until October 2015, to be completed around February 2016, according to Sheetz Engineering and Permit Manager Samuel A. Smith.

    Sheetz had initially given the city plans in August stating construction would likely begin in May 2015, according to Galax City Environmental Program Manager Philip Hash.

    “That was likely just a guess based on where they were with planning at the time,” said Hash. “I don’t know what other projects they have in the works.”

  • Sheetz plans going forward

    City Manager Keith Barker says that the new Sheetz convenience store will be coming to Galax after all permits are secured, a process that has taken some time.

    Galax City Council voted this summer to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive so that Sheetz Inc. can build at the location. However, some people who were eager for the store to open have wondered why there has been no obvious progress at the site.

  • Virginia holding sales tax holiday this weekend

    Virginia’s popular sales tax holiday for back to school items is in effect through Sunday.

    The sales tax exemption applies to most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each.

    Qualifying items will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.

    For example, if you spend $500 on qualifying items during the sales tax holiday, you’ll save $26.50 for tax-exempt purchases.

  • Core will add new product lines

    INDEPENDENCE — After Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Core Health & Fitness LLC will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Independence and employ 250 workers, two of the company’s executives spoke to The Gazette in more detail about Core Health’s plans.

    “We’ll be starting out with the same lines [and] with the same products that we made prior to the sale,” said Jon Little, vice president of operations.

    The plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment.