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Business

  • Comcast to launch gigabit internet service

    Staff Report

    Comcast is launching an internet service that will deliver speeds of up to one gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers, and Galax will be one of the first to receive it.

    The telecom company announced last week that, beginning later this month, it will offer the gigabit internet service to customers in Galax, Glade Spring, Marion and Abingdon. Comcast said it can deliver the super-fast speeds using the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes and businesses.

  • Volvo to add 777 jobs

    DUBLIN — In what is being touted as one of the largest economic development announcement in Southwest Virginia history, Volvo Trucks plans to invest nearly $400 million to expand its Dublin plant and hire an additional 800 workers.

  • Food City remodel brings sushi to Galax store

    If you live in the Twin Counties, know your maki from your nigiri, and have longed for some fresh sushi options, take heart: the Galax Food City is about to make your wishes come true.

    The store is also looking to hire one part-time and two full-time sushi chefs, to be trained for about a week in Abingdon, according to Galax store manager Carolyn Roberts. She described the jobs as “fast-paced.”

    “The project will result in the creation of several new jobs for the area,” noted the release.

  • Blue Ridge Designs expanding, hiring

    HILLSVILLE ― A job fair has been scheduled for later this month as a result of recent expansions for one Hillsville business.

    Blue Ridge Designs LLC, announced earlier in April that it plans to more than double the amount of machines currently in operation and hopes to bring more quality jobs to the area.

  • Boss Lumber to expand in Galax

    Boss Lumber, owned by the Mediterranean Corporation, will invest $1 million to expand its operations, which will include more equipment and the creation of three new jobs at the wood products exporter, bringing the total number up to 27.

    Mediterranean Corporation General Manager Ignacio Jiminez-Espuelas said the jobs would be full-time, and hiring was expected to begin around September.

  • APCo to reduce rates, offer credits

    Staff Report

    The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has ordered a reduction in Appalachian Power Company’s rates on April 1.

    The reduction and forthcoming rate credits results from the commission’s directive issued in January 2018, which ensures that electric customers receive the benefits of the corporate tax cut contained in federal tax legislation passed by Congress in December 2017, according to a news release from the SCC.

  • Grayson celebrates its roots

    INDEPENDENCE — Roots at Grayson Bistro and Tavern in Independence recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
    The restaurant, located at 203 N. Independence Ave., opened its doors Feb. 8, 2018, offering a lunch and dinner menu in a setting that reflects Grayson County at each and every turn.
    “We collected [materials] for the restaurant, including wood from every area of Grayson County; and we noticed when we were building that there was a blood line in the wood that can be spotted throughout the restaurant,” said restaurant owner Sandra Colston.

  • Oldtown Market closing in Galax

    After 31 years of business, Oldtown Market in downtown Galax is closing on Saturday.

    Patrons have seen the sign — literally. A bright yellow-green piece of paper greets customers on the glass entrance and exit doors, bearing the words, “Oldtown Market will be closing Saturday, February 23rd. Thank you for all your years of business. Make sure to come see us at our E. Stuart Dr. location.”

  • Veterinary clinic relocates after landslide

    The Galax Veterinary Clinic, which has been closed due to repairs being done to Stockyard Avenue, has moved to 735 Glendale Road in Galax, said manager Sandy Hash.

    The clinic, in its temporary home, can provide basic services for pets, such as routine exams, preventative care and nail trimming, Hash said.

    However, for surgery or overnight pet stays, owners will need to go to the Galax Veterinary Clinic’s sister location, Mount Airy Animal Medical Services.

  • Galax names business contest winners

    Studio B Concepts won first place in the Downtown Business Competition, featuring $43,500 in cash prizes, which took place this fall and was concluded in an award ceremony on Dec. 13 in the Galax City Council chambers.

    The city received a grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in August as a part of the agency’s Community Business Launch program. The grant provided prize money for businesses in the competition, aimed at encouraging new business startups to fill vacancies in the downtown district, or expansions of existing businesses.