Woodgrain Millwork Expanding in Smyth County
Company to Create 100 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Woodgrain Millwork will expand in Smyth County. The project will create 100 new jobs, while saving 80 jobs at Independence Lumber in Grayson, and includes nearly $9 million in capital investment. Additionally, Woodgrain will invest $8 million to purchase and expand the former Independence Lumber sawmill in Grayson County. The Tobacco Commission is supporting this project with a $57,500 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant.
Tobacco Commission member, Sandy Ratliff said, “This is an exciting day for Smyth County and Southwest Virginia. Woodgrain is an industry leader and I am pleased that the Tobacco Commission was able to support this expansion that will bring 100 new jobs and millions of dollars of investment to our region. I wish Woodgrain the best as they get their project underway and know they will continue to find success here in Southwest Virginia for many years to come.”
Woodgrain Eastern Region Millwork Manager, Robb Hitch added, “We are excited about expanding our operations and furthering our commitment to Southwest Virginia. We believe this will have a significant, positive impact on the local economy and allow us to further leverage our vertical integration by supplying lumber to our millwork location in Smyth County and throughout the Southwest. It’s a win-win situation that will allow us to continue to provide best-in-class service and product.”
Woodgrain, a 3rd generation family owned and operated company, is one of the largest millwork operations in the world, with locations all around the United States and Chile. With more than 65 years of quality craftsmanship and service, Woodgrain makes the highest quality wood mouldings, doors, and windows. Woodgrain is vertically integrated, which allows them to oversee each step of the supply chain — From owning the forest and cutting the timber in their own state-of-the-art sawmills, to production in their network of manufacturing facilities, to delivery of goods with their strategic distribution network.
Smyth County Administrator, Shawn Utt said, “Woodgrain’s continued investment at their Atkins facility shows how much they believe in their employees and our community as a whole. We want the company to know how much we believe in them, as well, and appreciate those investments. They have long served our County as a prime employer, and we look forward to many more years of progress and growth.”
Smyth County Board of Supervisors Chair, Charles Atkins added, “The Board of Supervisors are thrilled Woodgrain continues to show faith in Smyth County. With Woodgrain’s expansion bringing 80 new jobs to our area, it will continue to support our citizens and grow our County. We look forward to continuing to work with such a strong employer in our community and wish them a long future of success.”
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