Bedford manufacturer expands with $1 million investment

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) A Bedford-based manufacturer plans to add 15 jobs as part of a $1 million expansion of its operation.

Blue Ridge Optics is trying to in-source some production services that are currently handled by outside vendors, according to a news release from Bedford County Economic Development Director Traci Blido.

Blue Ridge Optics manufactures film coatings and has operated out of Bedford since 2006. To support its expansion, the company has acquired a property on Longwood Avenue that formally housed Longwood Industries.

The addition of 15 jobs will take place over the next three years, Blido said.