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  • 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.

  • Core bringing 250 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today, Wednesday, that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County.

    A news release announcing the deal said that Virginia successfully competed against California and China for the project, which will create 250 new jobs.

    At its height of production, Med-Fit employed around 100 people at the plant.

  • Details pending on Nautilus plant purchase

    UPDATED 7/21/14:

    INDEPENDENCE — Former Med-Fit Systems employees are being called back to work at the reopened Nautilus plant in Independence, but company representatives and Grayson County officials said no details about the fitness equipment facility’s future could be released before Wednesday.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office was set to announce the sale on Wednesday.

    For the full story, see www.galaxgazette.com Wednesday morning or pick up Wednesday's edition of The Gazette.

  • Update: Vanguard announces plans to bring factory to Carroll County

    HILLSVLLE — Vanguard Furniture will open a manufacturing plant for upholstered furniture in Carroll County in August, which could eventually create more than 200 new jobs.

    Carroll officials announced plans Tuesday for Vanguard’s plant that will occupy the former Parkdale Building at the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a news release that the Hickory, N.C.-based Vanguard Furniture will invest $550,000 to establish its first Virginia household furniture upholstery production operation in Carroll.

  • Vanguard announces 200 jobs in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Vanguard Furniture on Tuesday morning announced the opening of a new upholstery factory in Carroll County.

    A news release from Vanguard said operations will begin in August and the company anticipates more than 200 people will be employed when the operation in the Carroll County Industrial Park is fully functional.

  • Old plant could grow into 'food hub'

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert Smith, representing Grayson LandCare, approached Independence Town Council at its June 10 meeting about the possibility of leasing the old Robert Shaw building.

    Town council bought the former manufacturing plant building in March 2012.

    Smith told council members that the number of food growers in Southwest Virginia has expanded enough to warrant the hiring of support personnel to provide logistics, facilities and marketing to take advantage of economics of scale, shared capital equipment and wholesale buyers.

  • Comcast will remain local cable TV provider

    Comcast will remain the cable TV provider for customers in Galax and surrounding areas, despite an earlier announcement that the company would have to get out of the market to avoid a monopoly situation.

    Comcast recently merged with Time Warner Cable.

    Customers in the Roanoke Designated Market Area (DMA), which includes the Twin Counties region, will remain with Comcast, said Russell Byrd, the company’s senior director of government affairs, in a phone interview Tuesday.

  • Nautilus reports interest in Med-Fit plant

    INDEPENDENCE — An official with Nautilus Home Fitness Equipment last week confirmed there has been substantial interest from potential new owners of Med-Fit Systems’ Independence plant.

    After two rounds of layoffs affecting at least 94 workers, Med-Fit announced April 21 that the plant at 709 Powerhouse Road and its assets had been put up for sale.

    During a phone interview on June 20, Nautilus Chief Operating Officer Bill McMahon said there had been interest from several potential buyers.

  • Council approves rezoning for Sheetz

    It appears that, after much anticipation, Galax will get a Sheetz.
    At Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, council voted to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive from Mobile Home Park (RMH) to General Business (B-2) so that Sheetz Inc. can move forward in building a convenience store at the location.
    All voted yes, except Dr. Robert Lazo, who was not present for the meeting.

  • Mohawk defended against EPA claims

    HILLSVILLE — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators wants to clear the air about companies like Mohawk Industries in Hillsville that have worked to reduce pollution.