Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 29, 2013

Company will invest $3.1 million, create 50 new jobs for Bland County

BLAND, Va. — Gov. 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.

McDonnell said Virginia successfully competed against Tennessee and West Virginia for the project, which will create 50 new jobs.

 “With W&B Fabricators’ first Virginia operation, Bland County gains a new employer and 50 valuable jobs for its citizens,” McDonnell said. “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 Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng. “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, according to the governor’s office. The company, which has operated in Mercer County 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,” Booth said. “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.”

For more on Thursday's announcement, see Friday's edition of the Daily Telegraph.

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