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Pulaski County to get 205 new jobs from tomato plant

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Pulaski County will soon be getting 205 new jobs thanks to a project that's been a decade in the making.

Today Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Red Sun Farms, a producer of high-quality hydroponic vegetables, will invest a total of $30 million to establish its first U.S. high-technology greenhouse production operation in Pulaski County. It will be the first high technology greenhouse in the United States.

Carlos Visconti with the company was on hand Friday to share why Pulaski County beat out all the other localities, saying "the most important was the hospitality for the community and support of the state."

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Joe Sheffty said Pulaski County came out on top for a number of reasons. "We have an excellent workforce, a lot of training can be done at this college," Sheffty said. "We have revenue as far as tax incentives."

For a long time the biggest employers in the area were Phoenix Packaging and Volvo. And if any layoffs happened, Sheffty says the region would have taken a hit. "If you cannot get a huge company to come in, but you have smaller companies that will average 200 to 300 jobs and diversify when you have major layoffs in one particular area, that it will not affect the New River Valley and not Pulaski County," Sheffty said.

Red Sun Farms brings another first and added bonus to the county. A handful of industrial parks already have several companies. Red Sun Farms will be the first facility at the New River Valley commerce park.

The company also already has ties with Kroger, meaning folks should soon be able to purchase local produce at their local grocery store.