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Mining equipment manufacturer to expand in Southwest Va. and bring 75+ new jobs

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has announced that Simmons Equipment Company, a specialty mining equipment manufacturer, in southwest Virginia’s Tazwell County, will invest $8.5 million to expand its manufacturing operations into nearby Russell County to meet increasing international demand for its soft rock machinery.

The company will maintain its existing facilities and employees in Tazewell County. Virginia successfully competed against Tennessee and West Virginia for this project, which will create 75+ new jobs.

“We thank Simmons Equipment Company for their continued commitment to Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Youngkin. “This expansion demonstrates that manufacturing growth continues to accelerate, and Virginia offers the strategic location to meet growing demand from international customers.”

Caren Merrick, Va. Secretary of Commerce and Trade, said,  “This expansion project will provide more than 75 new jobs, and we encourage interested applicants to visit to apply.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding our operations into Russell County,” said Matt Simmons, President and CEO of Simmons Equipment Company. “Our business has been growing into new markets worldwide, and this additional manufacturing capacity will allow us to aggressively pursue those opportunities. After an extensive search, we are excited to continue our growth here in Southwest Virginia. We were highly impressed with the efforts of the Russell County Industrial Development Authority, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, and the Commonwealth of Virginia to support us in this exciting endeavor.”

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