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July 19, 2012

American Woodmark expansion will create 187 jobs

Positions at cabinet-maker’s South Branch plant expected to be filled immediately

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — American Woodmark plans to invest $15.2 million in its manufacturing operation at the South Branch plant located in the Robert C. Byrd Hardy County Industrial Park, according to a news release.

The total investment at the plant will be a little more than $55 million, which includes $15.2 million in expansion, $2.6 million in building improvements and parking and a little over $12 million in equipment, said Mallie Combs, executive director of the Hardy County Development Authority. The expansion will create an additional 187 jobs, with hiring to begin immediately.

Once the hiring is complete, American Woodmark will have about 500 employees, which includes the ones already employed at the Hardy County plant and the 267 employees at the plant in Allegany County, according to Combs.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to create jobs for local residents, especially for those who lost their jobs when the Moorefield plant closed,” said Combs. “This will at least give them an opportunity for job employment.”

In April, the American Woodmark plant located in the Moorefield Industrial Park closed, eliminating 400 hourly and 26 salaried positions.

When the plant closed, the authority worked with Eastern Technical Community College and West Virginia Workforce to offer job training for those who lost their jobs, Combs said. Some of those workers are changing careers, she said.  

“American Woodmark’s continued investment is another example of the confidence companies have in our state’s business climate and our exceptional work force,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the news release. “I know the cabinet-manufacturing industry has been hit hard in recent years. But through a partnership between American Woodmark, the West Virginia Development Office and the Hardy County Rural Development Authority, we are seeing 187 jobs return to the area.”

Combs said that she was pleased to work with Tomblin, the state Development Office and the state Economic Development Authority in bringing about the expansion.

Space is currently available at the Moorefield Industrial Park and the authority is working with Shultz Realty to fill it. The property on 390 Industrial Park Road is listed at $2.5 million for 341,000 square feet, according to Multiple Listing Services. Anyone interested in the commercial property can contact Shultz Realty or the authority. For more information, visit the authority’s website at http://hardycountywv.com/industrial.html.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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