On Thursday, Oct. 4, I dropped by the facilities of Virginia MetalFab (aka Stallworks) on Route U.S. 26 near Bent Creek (officially Gladstone) to help celebrate National Manufacturing Day. Virginia MetalFab is a family-owned business and employs approximately 40 individuals producing metal fabrication from custom projects for individuals to large assemblies and production runs.
As part of the celebration, Virginia MetalFab coordinated with Virginia Career Works to host students from Appomattox County and Amherst County Public Schools to introduce them to opportunities in manufacturing. Manufacturing is a leading career sector in the area, with approximately 14,800 jobs with an average annual wage of $63,000.
Although manufacturing jobs make up a major sector of opportunities in Central Virginia, such positions are sorely lacking in Appomattox County. When possible, local government officials should include as a priority any activities or support to assist companies like Virginia MetalFab to expand and to attract other manufacturing operations to our community. Such additional jobs are necessary to strengthen our commerce through diversity.
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