113 New Jobs Coming To Washington County
SPIG Industry, LLC To Expand Guardrail Manufacturing Operation
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that SPIG Industry, LLC, will expand its operation in Washington County. This expansion will create 113 new jobs and includes $7.9 million in capital investment. The expansion will occur at SPIG’s current location in the Bristol-Washington Industrial park and includes three production plants, a welding shop and a new rail spur. The Tobacco Commission is supporting this project with a $99,500 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant.
Tobacco Commission Chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore said, “SPIG Industry’s expansion demonstrates that Southwest Virginia is a prime location for advanced manufacturing growth opportunities, a key priority for the Tobacco Commission. We are proud to have worked along with InvestSWVA to guide SPIG’s leadership from the beginning to ensure they selected Southwest Virginia as their permanent home. This project demonstrates that developing industrial parks, something the Commission has supported over the years, can pay dividends in the long run for our rural communities.”
Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball added, “SPIG Industry has grown into an impressive operation. Manufacturing is critical to economic vitality in all regions of the Commonwealth, and the company’s expansion reinforces that Washington County and Southwest Virginia offer the infrastructure and workforce to attract and retain high-caliber manufacturers like SPIG.”
SPIG Industry was formed by two brothers, Joshua and Chris Harman, in 2007 as a manufacturer and innovator of highway guardrail safety products. Since 2011, the company has operated as a development company for the SGET end terminal, a safety device that absorbs and dissipates the massive amount of energy created during a head-on automobile or truck crash. The product provides uniform shaping and hole patterns, making SPIG guardrails faster and easier to install, while also enabling the product to match seamlessly with rail from other manufacturers.
Managing Member of SPIG, Joshua Harman said, “This is an exciting day as we expand our global highway guardrail and end terminal operation right here in Southwest Virginia. Together with our skilled and dedicated team, we’re using innovative technology to help save people’s lives.”
Chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, Dwayne Ball added, “We are pleased with SPIG’s decision to continue to invest in Washington County and create job opportunities for our people. We wish the company much success as they enter into a new phase of growth.”
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in the areas we serve. Assisting successful and innovative local businesses, like SPIG, when they are ready to expand is an important part of this work.
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