ABINGDON, Va. — Hapco Pole Products, an Abingdon business for more than five decades, is investing more than $6 million in an expansion that will create 28 jobs.
The manufacturer of aluminum poles will construct a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility adjacent to its current plant on Hillman Highway, according to a news release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The new facility will be used for flagpole distribution and steel pole production, Lisa Jones, Hapco’s director of human resources, said Tuesday.
The investment brings “increased market share and growth in the light and flagpole market,” Jones said.
The facility is expected to be completed by April 2018. It is needed because Hapco has outgrown its current facility, Jones said.
The new employees will be hired within the next three years.
The growth reflects Hapco’s commitment to Abingdon and the overall strength of the business, Fred Vermeer, Hapco President and CEO, said in a statement.
“With almost 55 years in the same location, Hapco has maintained a significant manufacturing presence in our industry, and we look forward to building on that legacy through this important increase of our manufacturing capabilities,” Vermeer said. “With this growth, our skilled workforce will continue to vigorously pursue Hapco’s original commitment of ‘the highest quality’ in the pole products industry.”
The expansion is a “positive sign for both the county and the company itself,” said Washington County Administrator Jason Berry.
“Anytime a local company has new money in existing facilities, it shows confidence in the market conditions,” he added.
The expansion will strengthen the local economy for the county and provide opportunities for local citizens, Jones said.
“It was Hapco’s intention to expand our campus locally,” she added. “Hapco worked with multiple partners to support new investment and job creation opportunities in Washington County.”
The company worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Jobs Investment Program to support employee training activities, Jones said. The company also worked with the Virginia Tobacco Commission, which approved $95,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds, according to the news release.
“I applaud the Tobacco Commission’s decision to award these funds. … This is a great victory for Hapco, the Tobacco Commission, and all of Southwest Virginia” said state Sen. Bill Carrico, who is a member of the Tobacco Commission.
Del. Todd Pillion, R-Abingdon, said that the expansion will allow Hapco to “reinvest in the community” and put people to work.
“We know Hapco will continue to build on its storied legacy and we look forward to continued success in the years to come,” Pillion said in a statement.
During a September board meeting, Washington County will review a performance local award for Hapco’s expansion project, Jones said.