Showing posts with label New Jobs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Jobs. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Announces 348 New Jobs in Arlington County

What you will want to note while reading the article below, written by one of the Governor's staff writers, is that we the people, or you the taxpayer, is paying a company over one million dollars to downsize and relocate everything here in Virginia.  Virginia may gain some jobs, over 300 according to the article below, but at a cost to all of us and again, the company is downsizing which is played off as meaning nothing.  So what that others around the nation loose their jobs.  We are gaining some new jobs for folks here in Virginia.  Well, that isn't exactly stated.  It's only suggested.  The company is more likely to move their best people to the new office here in Virginia.

And again, we see nothing about any of those jobs paying a living wage.  A living wage in an area such as Northern Virginia is higher than most other areas due to the cost of living there.  So, about $55,000.00 a year for a single person would be appropriate for a living wage in that area.  It's just outside of the DC belt.  $55 thousand might still be way to low.  I have not checked prices there in the past few years.

  So we have some very serious corporate welfare going on here and no signs of any decent return for all of that corporate welfare.  Just another raid on the people at the people's expense.  So here is their article.

~ Grant Thornton LLP to invest $15.75 million to consolidate operations and expand in Northern Virginia ~
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Grant Thornton LLP, a leading U.S. professional-services firm, will invest $15.75 million to consolidate offices and grow its presence across the Northern Virginia region. Virginia successfully competed against Washington, D.C. for the project, which will retain 994 jobs and create 348 new jobs.

“Retaining Grant Thornton in Virginia is a big win for the Commonwealth, as we continue to make Virginia the best place in the country for business and workforce development,”said Governor McAuliffe. “The firm’s consolidation is a great testament to the business advantages of Arlington County and we are excited to announce that this project is, not only retaining nearly 1,000 jobs in Virginia, but also creating 348 additional jobs. I am pleased with our success and will continue to work with industry leaders to ensure the new Virginia economy is innovative, diverse, and competitive in the global marketplace.”

“I am thrilled we were able to help Grant Thornton find a new, state-of-the-art home in Arlington County that can meet the company’s growing needs as it consolidates locations and expands in the region,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Grant Thornton will continue to benefit from the Commonwealth’s superior workforce and Northern Virginia’s best in class business environment, and I congratulate the company on this exciting new chapter.”

“This move reinforces Grant Thornton’s commitment to Virginia and Arlington County,”said Jamie Fowler, Grant Thornton’s Atlantic Coast managing partner. “We’ll be combining our area offices to create a more efficient footprint, but also the ‘workplace of the future,’ a concept developed with input from Grant Thornton employees. The ‘workplace of the future’ equips and engages our people to leverage technology and design to do their jobs smarter, faster and better. More importantly, it allows them to feel connected no matter where they work.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Arlington County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the County with the project. The company will also be eligible to receive a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. 

“Grant Thornton is a well-established company with clients around the globe, and we could not be happier to welcome them to Arlington," said Libby Garvey, Chair of the Arlington County Board. "The company's expansion in Arlington County will bring significant job growth here, and we are confident Grant Thornton will find the workforce, resources and support it needs to ensure its success."

"This is another win for Arlington County and Governor McAuliffe," said Delegate Rip Sullivan. "Grant Thornton's decision to consolidate its Northern Virginia offices in Arlington will bring hundreds of talented workers—and taxpayers—to the County. Today is a great day for our Arlington community and for Grant Thornton."
"Grant Thornton has made a wise choice selecting Arlington County as the place to expand its Atlantic coast operations,” said Senator Barbara Favola. “Arlington County and the entire Northern Virginia region offer a highly educated and technologically savvy workforce, coupled with first-class school systems and research institutions. Clearly, Virginia's investments in human capital are yielding positive results every day. We welcome Grant Thornton to the region."

About Grant Thornton LLP
Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. In the United States, Grant Thornton has revenue in excess of $1.45 billion and operates 59 offices with more than 550 partners and 7,000 employees. Grant Thornton works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

“Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions. Please for further details.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Russell County

Sugar cane residue can be used as a biofuel
Sugar cane residue can be used as a biofuel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
~Appalachian Biofuels LLC to invest $3.5 million in headquarters and new biodiesel production facility ~

(Please ignore the other jobs lost)

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production facility in Russell County. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the project, which will create 40 new jobs paying above the prevailing average wage. Appalachian Biofuels is a new company that will process multiple waste feedstock material and refine it using an enzyme, developed and manufactured in Haifa, Israel, to produce biodiesel.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “The addition of a new company and job creator in Russell County is tremendous for a region that has been hard hit by economic loss. Appalachian Biofuels has the advantage of locating its headquarters and center of operations in a formerly vacant facility that can be retrofitted to meet its needs, allowing for quick start-up to production. This green energy company processes multiple waste feedstock material and refines it to produce biofuel to be blended with petroleum diesel fuel as mandated by the federal government. My recently released Virginia Energy Plan aims to catalyze the growth of green energy companies in the Commonwealth, and we are proud that Appalachian Biofuels will produce this alternative fuel right here in Virginia. Jobs in the energy industry aid in our efforts to build a new Virginia economy with diverse opportunities for growth, and we look forward to the company’s success in the Commonwealth.”

“The energy industry in Virginia is gaining momentum, and we are proud that Appalachian Biofuels will join this thriving sector,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The company’s new headquarters and biodiesel production facility will play an important role in fulfilling Virginia’s increased commitment to alternative energy solutions. This project also strengthens Virginia’s business relationship with Israel, as the enzymes used in Appalachian Biofuels’ process are developed and manufactured in Haifa. Today is a significant win for the company, Russell County and the Commonwealth.”

“We were introduced to Southwest Virginia and to this new ‘immobilized enzyme’ through the Virginia Israel Advisory Board and its Director, Ralph Robbins,” said Chuck Lessin,President and CEO of Appalachian Biofuels LLC. “This revolutionary process will allow us to use the many tools, information and human resources that the Commonwealth has available. We are proud to be hiring former coal miners in the region who will transfer their significant experience in mining energy underground to our new green energy above ground in beautiful Russell County. We are excited to call Virginia our home, and we hope to grow and expand our business here in Southwest.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Russell County Industrial Development Authority, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Russell County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $210,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The company qualifies for rail access funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and will also be eligible for Sales and Use tax exemptions on equipment. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Due to the tremendous support of Governor McAuliffe, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, VCEDA, the Tobacco Commission, Russell County Board of Supervisors, the members of the Industrial Development Authority of Russell County, Virginia and our friends in Wise County and the Town of St. Paul, we are able to see people working and money invested in a building that has been empty for years,” said Harry Rutherford, Chairman of the IDA of Russell County. “This is a winner for all, unemployed coal miners going back to work, a green energy facility keeping a waste product out of our landfills, increased tax base and a morale booster for people of the area.”

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces 50 New Jobs in Bland County

English: bob
English: bob (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
~W&B Fabricators to invest $3.1 million in mining machinery and equipment manufacturing operation ~
Virginia beats out Tennessee and West Virginia for project


RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that W&B Fabricators, Inc., a manufacturer of mining machinery and equipment, will invest $3.1 million to establish an operation in Bland County. Virginia successfully competed against Tennessee and West Virginia for the project, which will create 50 new jobs.


            Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “With W&B Fabricators’ first Virginia operation, Bland County gains a new employer and 50 valuable jobs for its citizens. Southwest Virginia is a great fit for the company, providing a strong, available workforce, low cost of business and close proximity to an abundant natural resource that will help increase W&B’s customer pool for mining equipment and machinery. We are proud to welcome Virginia’s newest corporate partner and are confident in the company’s future success in the Commonwealth.”


            “This project is great news for Bland County and the surrounding region as it recovers from a down economy,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “W&B Fabricators was able to find a locality that fit its needs, as well as an available facility that can be easily modified to allow the company to start production quickly. We thank W&B for investing in Virginia and creating 50 new jobs.”


            W&B Fabricators, Inc. is owned and operated by Mr. Aaron R. “Russ” Boothe. The company, which has operated in Mercer County, West Virginia for more than 24 years, is a fabrication/machine shop operation, providing fabrication and welding services to other industries, including other commercial manufacturing companies, mining and mining-related industries. The company provides services to major coal operators throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Currently, the primary specialty of W&B Fabricators is rebuilding cutter head drums and conveyor booms for continuous miners.


            “Bland County is an ideal location for us to relocate and expand our business,” stated “Russ” Booth, Owner/President, W & B Fabricators, Inc. “This is a pro-business community with a workforce that's a perfect match for our needs. We appreciate the assistance from the County of Bland, Virginia's aCorridor, and the Commonwealth in making this project a reality.”


            The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Bland County and Virginia’s aCorridor to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Bland County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission also approved $100,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.


            “The County of Bland is excited about the opportunities the opening of W&B Fabricators, Inc. brings to the area. They bring the kind of opportunities that we want in our community. It is an industry that will employ a substantial amount of people with strong wages and benefits,” stated Karen Hodock, Bland County Board of Supervisors. 


            “The Economic Development Authority is extremely proud that W & B Fabricators has decided to join our existing world-class businesses and industries located along the I-77 corridor in beautiful Bland County. The EDA welcomes companies that produce great products such as W&B Fabricators to join the successful manufacturing community right here in the County of Bland,” stated David Dillow, Chairman, Bland County EDA.


            “The Tobacco Commission is excited to play a role in this expansion,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore, Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “Fifty new jobs will mean a lot to Bland County and the region.

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