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Business

  • 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.

  • Med-Fit adds laser, more jobs

    By PATRICK SMITH and BEN BOMBERGER, Staff
    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County leaders have approved a $225,000 loan to a local business that will help facilitate the costs of additional capital improvements and continue to add jobs to the company.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the Grayson Board of Supervisors last month that a $225,000 loan was approved by the Industrial Development Authority to Med-Fit Systems Inc. (formerly Nautilus) to complement other investments the company is making in purchasing additional equipment.

  • Galax getting new Dollar General store

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Galax is set to get a second Dollar General Store, and grading work for the site has already begun on South Main Street.
    Recently, a former restaurant building and a car wash were torn down on South Main, making way for the new store.
    Dollar General’s public relations manager, Crystal Ghassemi, says that the new store will open in the spring.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker confirmed the plans for Dollar General, but noted that construction is still in its early stages.

  • Galax to get new, larger Goodwill store

    The new store on East Stuart Drive could open by August.

  • Grant will help company rebuild after fire

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors have approved a performance grant agreement between the county and Independence Lumber that is designed to help the company rebuild and maintain its employment following a fire last month at the facility.

  • Carroll IDA approves new owner for Market Village

    HILLSVILLE — Instead of foreclosing on the Market Village shops, the Carroll Industrial Development Authority has accepted a deal to let another company assume the outstanding debt on it.
    Weststar Investments, the company that developed the retail spaces that also house the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitors Center, is out — a business named HATCO is now included in the arrangements with the IDA, according to information from County Attorney Jim Cornwell and County Administrator Gary Larrowe.