WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – A highway guardrail manufacturing company is expanding and bringing 113 jobs to Washington County, Virginia, according to Governor Ralph Northam’s office.
A release from the governor’s office says SPIG Industry, LLC is investing $7.9 million to expand operations in the Bristol-Washington Industrial Park.
Officials told News Channel 11 that this project has been in the works for the past nine months.
“Our delegation wants to be directly involved in helping push these projects across the finish line so that we aren’t just coming in at the last minute. We’ve been in the nitty-gritty of this trying to insure that this happens and so it is a good day to see it finally come to fruition,” Virginia House of Delegates Rep. Israel O’Quinn told News Channel 11. “We’re really having somewhat of a manufacturing renaissance here in Southwest Virginia, with a lot of manufacturers expanding and locating here because this is a good place to live, work and do business. So we’re very excited about what we have today, but also excited about some of the other things we have coming down the pipeline.”
SPIG Industry is a manufacturer of guardrails and guardrail end terminals.
The release says SPIG will build three new production plants, a welding shop and a new rail spur line.
113 jobs will be created with the expansion of the company.
“It’s being manufactured right here in Washington Co., VA and as we get more states, we’ll be growing exponentially,” Chris Harmon of SPIG told News Channel 11. “We’re just looking forward to helping the community and keeping jobs here. With all the problems we’ve had with Covid, we’re anxious to offer more jobs for this area.”
Several other states were considered for the project before SPIG ultimately chose Virginia, according to the release.
Officials said the guardrail end terminal that has been approved for use in 7 states and more to come (TN, NC, AL, AR, TX, NM, AZ and exporting to Mexico).
“Once we’re approved in all 50 states, then that’s going to go from 3 or 4 tractor-trailer loads a week up to 15 to 20 tractor-trailer loads a week,” Harmon added. “And that’s going to require more facilities, more building and , of course, more manpower and more jobs for the area.”
“The continued growth of SPIG Industry demonstrates the tremendous success that a homegrown manufacturer can achieve here in Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “SPIG’s expanded campus in Washington County will give the company increased production capacity and strategic access to its fast-growing customer base, while providing more than 100 quality jobs to the hardworking people of Southwest Virginia. We thank SPIG for reinvesting in the Commonwealth and contributing to our economic recovery amid this global health crisis.”
The release says the Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the following organizations to bring the project to Washington County:
- Washington County
- Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
- Department of Rail and Public Transportation
You can read the full release by clicking here.