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  • Biodiesel producer fueling change in Carroll, Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of Red Birch Energy sees farmers and truck stop owners as the new oil barons as people make the switch to biodiesel for their transportation needs.
    Businessman Dean Price presents the idea for change as the ultimate “shop local” campaign, where American farmers supply the fuels and keep the economic benefits in the community, instead of sending that money to foreign oil suppliers.

  • 42 new jobs coming to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A new modular cabins and cottages manufacturer in Independence will create 42 new jobs.
    Independence Homes, LLC, will invest $1 million to begin manufacturing operations at its new facility in Independence, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, along with the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority, the Independence Industrial Development Authority and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center, announced Monday afternoon.
    The project involves the construction of park-model homes and modular cabins and cottages.

  • Bucyrus adds 32 jobs in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Fittingly enough, the quality of the workforce at the Bucyrus plant has contributed to the expansion of jobs at Hillsville.
    Heavy equipment maker Bucyrus, an international company headquartered in Milwaukee, has decided to shift two of its products to the Hillsville plant in a consolidation, said Sonny Beckham, plant manager.
    The products are a polymer plastic, which is already up and running in its new location, and pulleys that can be up to four feet in diameter.

  • Wildwood could get $3.8 million

    HILLSVILLE —  Work at Wildwood may gain momentum with a request for a grant before the Virginia Tobacco Commission receiving support in two preliminary reviews.
    Ken McFadyen of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority appeared before the county board at its regular December meeting, giving updates on economic development efforts. He noted that a sizable grant now for site development has the backing both of the tobacco commission staff and the Special Projects Commission.

  • Guardian to add 40 jobs

    Guardian Industries will invest $2.1 million to expand operations at its Consolidated Glass & Mirror facility in the Galax, which will create 40 new jobs through its new solar energy product line, announced Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday.
    The Galax plant currently provides 234 jobs. Equipment is expected to be installed by spring, and new workers will be in place by next August.
    Greg Adkins, human resource manager for the plant, said the Galax facility competed with plants in Iowa and California to bring in the new product line.

  • Airport commission turns to localities for funding

    The Twin County Airport Commission is looking to localities to help fund capital improvement projects over the next few years in order to make the airport in Carroll County an economic development tool, said Tom Jones, chair of the commission.

  • A painful price point for drivers

    Never before have motorists paid $3 for a gallon of gasoline at Christmastime.
    Unless things change, that could soon happen across the nation, according to the American Automobile Association’s “Daily Fuel Gauge Report.”

  • Galax defies tourism's downward trend

    U.S. tourists visiting Virginia spent $17.7 billion in 2009, a 7.9 percent drop from the prior year, according to state figures released last week.
    But the Galax reversed that trend, with the city seeing a 10.4 percent increase in traveller spending last year.
    Tourists spent more than $13 million in Galax last year, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. That spending includes gas, food, lodging, shopping, entertainment, public transportation and admission to local events and attractions.

  • Duties upheld on imported Chinese furniture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to maintain duties on Chinese furniture imports will help combat China’s unfair trade practices, Virginia’s U.S. Sen. James Webb said this week.
    In testimony submitted to the commission review hearing in October, Webb warned that “dumping” practices are putting Virginia manufacturers on “a knife’s edge” and that failure to counter them could lead to “the point where the furniture industry in Virginia is only history.”

  • John Vaughan receives AHFA award

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — John Bassett Vaughan — former chairman, CEO and president of Galax-based Vaughan Furniture Company — received the American Home Furnishings Alliance's prestigious Distinguished Service Award during the group's 2010 annual meeting at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 12.

    Vaughan, who also served as chairman and CEO of Webb Furniture Enterprises in Galax, was lauded as a "civic-minded industrialist."