Universal Companies announced Friday that it will invest $1.5 million to expand its distribution operation in Washington County, Virginia to create 30 new jobs.
The company was founded in 1982 and sells spa products and equipment.
“Washington County is pleased to share in today’s good news,” said Randy Pennington, Chair of the Washington County Board of Supervisors. “Universal Companies is a valued member of our business community and we are excited they decided to grow and reinvest here at Oak Park: Center for Business and Industry.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Washington County to secure the project. Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $90,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund. Additionally, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $210,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the company.
“Universal Companies has been an important corporate steward and employer in Southwest Virginia and Washington County for nearly 15 years, and we are proud that the company is once again investing in the Commonwealth and adding 30 well-paid jobs,” Gov. McAuliffe said. As we continue to diversify and build the new Virginia economy, it is critical to support this vital sector and the growth of our existing businesses.”
“Universal is dedicated to investing in our local economy by bringing more career opportunities to our region, Universal Companies CEO Brenda Elliot said. “We have seen significant growth since our founding and see only more in our future. We employ the full spectrum of employees from entry-level to corporate executives. We are proud to partner with Washington County to advance our distribution operation.”
“On behalf of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, I want to congratulate Universal Companies on its decision to expand operations in Washington County, Virginia, bringing 30 new jobs to the area,” said Senator Bill Carrico, a member of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. “It is certainly a cause for celebration when a business is successful enough to expand its operation and grow its workforce. I look forward to many more positive announcements from Universal Companies in the future.”
“I’m very excited to see Universal Companies expanding in Southwest Virginia,” said Delegate Israel O’Quinn. “Thirty additional jobs and a capital investment of $1.5 million is certainly welcome news. Universal Companies is well respected around the globe and we’re proud to have them right here in our region.”
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