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  • Vanguard experiences steady growth

    HILLSVILLE – Vanguard Furniture has experienced steady growth since it opened a plant last August in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    During a recent visit to the facility by Carroll officials, plant manager Joe Bill Norman said Vanguard has 65 employees with plans to expand to 200 within the next three to five years, according to information issued by the county.

  • McAllister Mills expanding in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County, according to an announcement Wednesday from the governor’s office.

    The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. The site is the former Parsons & Reeves building in Independence.

  • Bogeys goes from basic to classic in private dinner

    In an effort to prepare both staff and public for a new future, Bogeys, Galax’s answer to fine dining, held a private, small-plate dinner with wine pairings.

    Owner Kenneth Belton, who was one of the restaurant’s four owners before buying out the others late last year, was on hand along with consultant Judy Brannock; new chef J.C. Botero (born in Colombia, raised in south Florida and lately of Olde Mill Resort); sommelier Steve Foster of Andes Importers of Salem, who was responsible for the wine pairing; and new staff members.

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Studio's programs strengthen mind, body, spirit

    WOODLAWN — The Studio, a new business in Woodlawn, has opened its doors to the public to offer a clever hodgepodge of classes and specialized events for clients of all ages.

    The idea for The Studio sparked after Tom and DeeDee Wright rented a building across from Midway Shell in Woodlawn last November, to house an office for Tom’s business.

  • West Galax Business park open for tenants

    West Galax Business Park isn’t a name that’s familiar to a lot of Twin Counties entrepreneurs – yet.

    Joseph Andrews, 38, the property’s landlord along with his father, Bobby Andrews, 63, is working to change all that.

  • Super Bowl brings shirt order to Classic Creations

    Hillsville Town Council Member David Young took these photos of the staff at Classic Creations as they worked hard at producing thousands of NFL Super Bowl shirts for the Feb. 1 event.

    “I couldn’t be more proud,” said Young of the business that he and Mayor Greg Crowder helped bring to the town a little more than a year ago.

    Classic Creations received its first NFL T-shirt order last year with the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win.

  • Vaughan Furniture closing after 91 years in Galax

    Vaughan Furniture Co., current wholesaler and also former manufacturer of bedroom furniture, announced today that it will cease furniture operations and begin to close.

    The closing was announced in an internal document and was first covered by the trade website (and magazine) "Furniture Today."

  • 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.