RICHMOND, Va. -

New jobs are coming to Smyth County, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday.

Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. is investing $10 million to expand its Virginia operations. The expansion will create 160 jobs.

The new manufacturing facility will be in the former Merillat plant in Atkins.

Founded in 1945, MEC was recently named No. 1 on the FAB 40 list of the largest metal fabricators. This marks the fourth consecutive year that MEC has led the list.

MEC is 100 percent employee-owned.

MEC’s processes include complete metal fabrication, tube forming and coatings.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Smyth County and Virginia’s Corridor to secure the project for Virginia.

Gov. McAuliffe approved a $300,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Smyth County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $505,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.

Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will come from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.