Virginia Produce Company adding jobs, expanding in Hillsville

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HILLSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) New jobs are coming to Carroll County.

Virginia Produce Company is adding 33 jobs to its facility in Hillsville and investing about $650,000 to expand.

"We're here trying to help make it a better community for everyone and we're very excited," said Moir Beamer, the company's CEO.

Virginia Produce stays busy packaging and shipping produce from farms in Georgia to Pennsylvania.

Places like Food City, Harris Teeter, and Aldi all carry the produce this company packages.

This expansion is expected to double production here over the next three years. The company will buy an additional 6.3 million dollars worth of Virginia grown products.

"Booming business, expanding, they work with 20 farms and its only going to grow exponentially so this is a very important announcement," said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

This growth in produce and agriculture is trending across the state. According to the state, last year the agriculture and forestry industry had a total economic impact of over $91 billion in Virginia. That's up nearly 35 percent over the last four years.

"We've worked hard. We sell our products all over the globe, we've got the best products in the world, but having a facility like this from the farm to be able to get it into the retail and wholesale is so important," McAuliffe said.

Having that larger footprint is a way to measure growth and success, but the owner here also is hoping this is another way to improve the local economy.

"It's to be able to work with the families of this whole area to where that we can take, where their families can be together and stay in the same area instead of having to move off somewhere to get jobs," Beamer said.

The Tobacco Commission and the Governor's Agriculture Fund are helping support this project.