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Business

  • Market analysis helping Galax plan future of downtown

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    A retail market analysis for Galax’s downtown area will help identify the historic shopping district’s strengths and set a course for its future as the city looks at potential improvements.
    The analysis was requested by Galax City Council, and the Galax Downtown Association also asked to hear the findings. RKG Associates, which conducted the study, presented its report to council at its April 8 meeting.

  • APCo rates could fall, then rise

    Appalachian Power Co. is seeking what would amount to a 1.5 percent increase in its electricity rates to cover higher generation and environmental costs.
    In two filings Friday with the State Corporation Commission, the utility proposed updating rate adjustment clauses that cover certain costs, such as generation and environmental expenses, for a specific time period.
    If approved, the rate increase would take effect early next year.

  • Helicopter business takes off at airport

    HILLSVILLE — A new fixed base operator has Twin County Airport on the radar of many helicopter pilots from the region.
    Bill Bryant had gotten interested in flying first with radio controlled models, but then spun up his involvement in flying by building his own helicopter in 2000.
    He fabricated the frame and installed a Geo Metro engine in the aircraft, which he often flies at 500 feet above the Twin Counties.

  • Firm chosen to market natural gas

    HILLSVILLE — Mohawk has chosen a natural gas marketer as construction will soon draw to a close on the service line, the Carroll Industrial Development Authority learned at its March 4 meeting.
    Dennis Cole has been heading up Carroll County’s effort to connect the manufacturing plant to the Patriot pipeline as a job retention project.
    He reported the nearly 1,000-foot gas line bore under Main Street has wrapped up. That leaves installation under Cherry Street in order to reach BMI/Sprague Electric and taking the line down West Grayson Street.

  • Albany Industries on track in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    In 2011, sighs of relief were breathed after Albany Industries, a living room furniture company headquartered in New Albany, Miss., brought its business to the former B.C. Vaughan plant in Galax, along with the promise of 335 jobs over a course of three years.
    The news came after a string of furniture factory closings in a city built by the industry.
    Today, Albany’s employee count is up to more than 150 and still climbing, says manager Mark Gosnell.

  • Business is brewing in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    It all began when John Ayers of Galax visited a brew pub in Charlotte, N.C.
    He was used to beer that can be found in any grocery store, such as Budweiser, Coors and Miller, he said. But when he tried a variety of samplings at the restaurant, his enthusiasm for craft beer began.
    After traveling and sampling the hundreds of brews that are available, he began crafting his own styles in preparation to start his own brewery back home.

  • AmeriPumps pays back incentive funds

    HILLSVILLE — State incentive funds of $150,000  to create jobs with AmeriPumps in Hillsville has been paid back to the Governor’s Opportunity Fund, according to the company owner and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
    In an effort to attract the maker of industrial strength pumps from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Hillsville, the state economic development fund provided $150,000 in 2008.
    The goals involved creating 125 new jobs and investing a total of $4.6 million in the community.

  • Thrift shop, food bank making changes

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The months of hard work put into the Willing Partners thrift store in Galax can be seen in every corner.
    Clothes on racks are color-coded and sorted by type in one area, while books are arranged neatly on a wall of shelves in another. Electronics are stacked in one section, and an impressive selection of furniture lines the back wall.

  • Wildwood prospect still pending

    Twin County economic developers may know definitive answers by May or June about whether a major business prospect will locate at Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) last year asked the Virginia Tobacco Commission for financial assistance in getting the park off Interstate 77 in Carroll County ready for a business potentially interested in the site.

  • Natural gas service closer to completion

    HILLSVILLE — A motion relating to the natural gas service line approved Feb. 4 by the Carroll Industrial Authority gives a hint to the new utility’s future.
    The IDA took action in 2012 to provide natural gas service to the Mohawk plant after years of inaction by private companies, and now the effort only lacks about 3,000 linear feet from making that connection.