34 NEW JOBS COMING TO PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
YakAttack, LLC to Expand Manufacturing Facility
Richmond, VA – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that YakAttack, LLC will relocate and expand their production facility in Prince Edward County. The expansion is expected to create 34 new jobs. The new Prince Edward County facility will cover 66,000 square feet and result in increased production. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is assisting this project with an $110,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant.
Tobacco Commission Vice-Chair, Senator Frank Ruff said, “There is no better place for a company like YakAttack than South Central Virginia, where outdoor sports and recreation are a central part of the lifestyle. YakAttack not only manufactures top-tier products for kayak anglers around the world but serves as an active member of the community through events such as its annual YakAttack Tournament. We are proud to have YakAttack on our region’s corporate roster and look forward to its next chapter in Prince Edward County.”
Tobacco Commission member, Delegate James Edmunds added, “I am pleased to see that YakAttack will be creating 34 new jobs in Prince Edward County and proud that we were able to keep them here in Virginia as they expand their business. As a water sports enthusiast myself, I am a supporter of their products as well. Helping innovative companies, like YakAttack, grow and expand is an important part of the Tobacco Commission’s mission, and I thank the Commission for choosing to support this project.”
Founded in a garage in 2009, YakAttack has quickly grown into a leader in the kayak fishing industry. YakAttack specializes in kayak fishing gear and kayak rigging. The company is tightly integrated into the kayak fishing community and as a result they are acutely aware of what is needed for the sport. YakAttack’s designs are always problem solving solutions that are relevant, effective, and second to none in terms of quality and performance.
President of YakAttack, Luther Cifers said, “With our beginnings in a garage in Central Virginia, YakAttack could not be happier to deepen those roots with this expansion into Prince Edward County. We’ve built an incredible team, significant technology, and a powerful brand. This move will enable us to capitalize on the growth opportunities that these things have created, and create small town manufacturing jobs in the process. We appreciate the efforts of Prince Edward County Administrator Wade Bartlett and his team, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and Governor Northam and his staff, which have helped make this project a reality.”
Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Chair, Pattie Cooper-Jones added, “We are excited that YakAttack has chosen to build and expand its business in Prince Edward County. The County is a great place to live and work and is full of job opportunities; YakAttack will be a great addition to not only our industrial base, but also our community as a whole.”
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse and vibrant economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia. Helping existing businesses, like YakAttack, expand and add jobs is an important part of this mission.
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