79 NEW JOBS COMING TO LEE COUNTY
England Furniture to Establish Manufacturing Operation
Lee County, VA – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that England Furniture will establish a manufacturing operation in Lee County. The facility will be located at the Lee County Industrial Building and will cover 32,000 square feet. This project will create 79 new jobs. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved a $135,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant for this project.
Tobacco Commission Chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore said, “Manufacturing is critically important in Southwest Virginia and this decision by England Furniture to establish a new manufacturing operation that will bring 79 jobs to Lee County is welcome news. I am glad that the Tobacco Commission chose to support this project as we continue to build our regional economy.”
Tobacco Commission member, Senator Bill Carrico added, “This is a great day for Lee County and all of Southwest Virginia. These jobs will have a large impact on our local economy and this project shows that Southwest Virginia can attract top quality employers. I thank everyone who worked hard to make this project a reality and look forward to England’s success in Lee County.”
Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Esther Lee said, “England Furniture’s decision to establish its newest manufacturing operation in Lee County is tremendous news for Southwest Virginia, and demonstrates the strong advantages of the region’s business environment and site inventory. The company’s new operation will create needed jobs and economic opportunity in the coalfield region, and the tireless efforts of Lee County, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, and the Commonwealth to bring this project to fruition deserve recognition. We are confident that England Furniture will benefit from an outstanding workforce in its next chapter of growth in Virginia.”
England Furniture has been crafting quality upholstered furniture since 1964. Co-founded by brothers Charles, Eugene, and Dwight England, their goal was to employ the proud and hardworking people of Appalachia. Today, the company and legacy they built continues to be recognized for the highest quality and the shortest build cycle.
England’s dedicated and skilled craftsmen and craftswomen build each piece of furniture custom and built to last a lifetime. With over 500 fabrics and leathers to choose from, England offers the broadest selection and countless combinations to help customers create something special and uniquely suited for their home.
Built in America, England delivers orders in three weeks or less. With such efficient manufacturing capabilities and enviable logistics, England attracted the attention of La-Z-Boy Co. and now operates as an independent division since 1995.
Terry England, President, England Furniture, Inc., said, “We are delighted to expand our operations into the great State of Virginia. We would like to thank the State and its various agencies for their support, cooperation, and partnership in this endeavor, and we look forward to operating in Lee County and becoming involved in the community.”
Chairman of the Lee County IDA, Greg Edwards added, “We are very pleased and excited to have this opportunity to work with England Furniture to provide much needed jobs in Lee County. We are well aware of England’s current operations and success and their impact on this region. We look forward to a long relationship with the company to create a more stable economy in Lee County.”
Manufacturing has long been an important part of the Virginia economy. As the Tobacco Commission works to develop a diverse economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia it is important that we support projects like this one that build on that history of success and create valuable jobs.
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