Virginia: SPIG Industry to create 113 new jobs in Washington County
The company will build three large production plants and a welding shop, as well as a new rail spur line to serve the facility. SPIG chose Virginia after considering several other states for the project, which will create 113 new jobs.
SPIG Industry was formed by two brothers, Joshua and Chris Harman, in 2007 as a manufacturer and innovator of highway guardrail safety products. Since 2011, the company has operated as a development company for the SGET end terminal, a safety device that absorbs and dissipates the massive amount of energy created during a head-on automobile or truck crash.
The product provides uniform shaping and hole patterns, making SPIG guardrails faster and easier to install, while also enabling the product to match seamlessly with rail from other manufacturers.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Washington County, InvestSWVA, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to secure the project for Virginia. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $99,500 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.
The company is eligible to apply for the Railroad Industrial Access Program through DRPT, subject to approval by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. SPIG is also eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, and funding and services to support SPIG’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. ■