4/28/17 Universal Companies Will Expand Distribution Operation

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Developing a Diverse Economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia


Universal Companies Will Expand Distribution Operation

Richmond, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Universal Companies will expand its distribution operation in Washington County. The expansion of their Abingdon facility will create 30 new jobs along with $1.5 million in capital investment. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $210,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for this project and Governor McAuliffe approved a $90,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the County with the project.

Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said, “Universal Companies employs a variety of positions, bringing quality job diversity to Washington County and Southwest Virginia, and we congratulate the company on this great expansion. The Commonwealth’s distribution industry is booming, transporting goods and services to customers around the world and employing nearly 80,000 Virginians. Universal is a testament to the growth of this sector and we look forward to the company’s next chapter of success in the Commonwealth.”

Tobacco Commission member, Senator Bill Carrico added, “On behalf of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, I want to congratulate Universal Companies on their decision to expand operations in Washington County, VA bringing 30 new jobs to the area. It is certainly a cause for celebration.”

Founded in 1982, Universal Companies is committed to delivering innovative and complete spa solutions to maximize the success of over 30,000 global customers. Universal offers not only products and equipment, but also industry-leading advanced education to the spa and wellness industry.

Universal Companies’ CEO, Brenda Elliott explains, “Universal is dedicated to investing in our local economy by bringing more career opportunities to our region. We have seen significant growth since our founding and see only more in our future. We employ the full spectrum of employee from entry-level to corporate executives. We are proud to partner with Washington County to advance our distribution operation.”

Chair of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, Randy Pennington added, “Washington County is pleased to share in today’s good news. Universal Companies is a valued member of our business community and we are excited they decided to grow and reinvest here at Oak Park: Center for Business and Industry.”

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to bringing jobs and investment to Southern and Southwest Virginia to develop a diverse economy in the region. Companies like Universal with a strong track record of success and demonstrated commitment to their community are a perfect example of the strategic investments the Tobacco Commission is making.

Contact: Jordan Butler
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Email: jordan.butler@tic.virginia.gov
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