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Simmons Equipment Company expands manufacturing operations in Russell County

Virginia – Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Simmons Equipment Company, a specialty mining equipment manufacturer, will invest $8.5 million to expand its manufacturing operations into Russell County, Virginia. This expansion is driven by increasing international demand for the company’s 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 is expected to create 75 new jobs.

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

Strong Support from Virginia Officials

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick expressed pride in Simmons Equipment Company’s decision to expand in Russell County. “Virginia’s thriving manufacturing sector and selection of manufacturing-ready sites continue to attract companies like Simmons and complement our strong business climate and unparalleled location. This expansion project will provide more than 75 new jobs, and we encourage interested applicants to visit simmonsequipmentcareers.com to apply.”

Simmons Equipment Company President/CEO Matt Simmons shared his enthusiasm about the expansion. “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.”

Local and Regional Benefits

Steve Breeding, Chair of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, welcomed the investment. “We are so pleased to add such a well-established and reputable company as Simmons Equipment to our Russell County business community. We are truly grateful for their investment in Russell County and look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship.”

Ernest McFaddin, Executive Director of the Russell County Industrial Development Authority, highlighted the positive impact of the expansion. “It has been a pleasure to work with Simmons Equipment Company as they have made Russell County home. They have a clear vision of integrating their company into the community and economic landscape of Russell County. We are looking forward to our work with them as they continue to grow and expand their operations.”

Support from Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) also played a significant role in supporting the expansion. Executive Director Jonathan Belcher stated, “VCEDA has been pleased to assist Simmons to grow and expand in the past, and on the current project, VCEDA has approved a $187,500 workforce development and training grant to the company as well as a $500,000 loan to the Industrial Development Authority of Russell County for facility improvements.”

Recognition from State Representatives

State Senator Todd Pillion praised the expansion, saying, “This announcement is another exciting example of Southwest Virginia being open for business. Our region continues to compete at a high level for business and jobs in the manufacturing sector, which reflects the strength of our workforce and open approach to economic growth.”

Delegate Israel O’Quinn added, “By choosing Russell County, Simmons Equipment Company has picked one of the finest places in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We look forward to helping them however we can, and we welcome the new jobs and appreciate their investment in the region.”

Company Background and Future Prospects

Founded in Tazewell County in 2005, Simmons Equipment Company is a soft rock mining equipment manufacturer that employs cutting-edge engineering and technology to offer customized solutions to meet customer needs. The expansion will allow the company to further grow its product line and meet increasing demand. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Russell County and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Youngkin approved a $270,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist with the project.

Support for Simmons Equipment Company’s job creation will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, which accelerates new facility start-ups through the direct delivery of recruitment and training services that are fully customized to a company’s unique products, processes, equipment, standards, and culture. All program services are provided at no cost to qualified new and expanding companies as an incentive for job creation.

Gayle Gordon

As a college student, making an extra buck now and then was very important. I started as a part-time reporter since I was 19 yo, and I couldn’t believe it might become a long-time career. I'm happy to be part of the Virginian Tribune's team.

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