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Pulaski welcomes hundreds of new jobs

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Big checks are becoming more and more common in Pulaski.

While the hundreds of thousands of dollars is nothing to sneeze at, what it represents means even more.

Jobs are coming back to the area and quickly, often hundreds at a time.

"Some of that may sound like luck, but I don't think it's luck," the Town of Pulaski's Economic Development Director John White. "I think it's just trying to put the business with the product you have available."

White has seen plenty of changes over the last few years, both highs and lows.

"The Town of Pulaski in particular has been hit with job hard with job less over the last decade," he said. "But we've been trying to prepare for a new set of circumstances."

Those circumstances include companies like Korona, Falls Stamping and Welding, and Red Sun Farms all making Pulaski or Pulaski County their new home.

In all, those three companies have committed to create nearly 500 new jobs.

Virginia Business Development Manager Tim Stuller said a lot of factors make Pulaski an attractive community for businesses.

"A solid workforce, we're a stable operating environment for companies, and were a business friendly climate," Stuller said. "Businesses find that attractive."

It wasn't all good news for the community.

Caterpillar will be relocating to Pennsylvania in 2014, laying off 240 people from its Pulaski plant.

But with the new jobs soon to be created, town and county leaders are confident they can offset the losses.