Governor Bob McDonnell announces that Virginia Produce Company in Hillsville will expand its facility, creating 75 new full-time jobs.
During the three-year project, VPC will invest more than $2.54 million in capital improvements and purchase an additional $12 million of Virginia-grown produce from Virginia farms.
A unique aspect of this project will be the employment of 75 packing line workers, accounting for 50 FTEs, from the Mount Rogers Industrial and Developmental Center (IDC), a division of the Mount Rogers Community Service Board that trains and employs disabled Virginians.
In addition to the 75 IDC workers, VPC will also employ 25 full-time positions.
VPC currently sorts, processes, packages, and distributes a variety of Virginia-grown produce, including tomatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn, squash, and broccoli, from its 30,000-square-foot facility in the Carroll County Industrial Park.
The expansion project will involve VPC purchasing a 138,000-square-foot facility in the industrial park and making the necessary upgrades, including installation of larger coolers and more production lines, increasing capacity for current products and allowing expansion into new produce markets.