Furniture company to bring nearly 80 jobs to Lee County

Ralph Northam (WCYB Photo)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that England Furniture will establish a manufacturing operation which will create 79 new jobs in Lee County.

The operation will come to the 32,000 square-foot Lee County Industrial Building.

“I am pleased to welcome England Furniture to Lee County and to Virginia, and thank the company for bringing quality 21st-century jobs to this region,” said Governor Northam. “Manufacturing continues to be a pillar in communities across the Commonwealth because companies recognize the benefits of our strategic location, cost-competitive business climate, and sustainable talent pipeline. This is an important win for Lee County and Southwest Virginia as the region rebounds economically, and we look forward to building a long-lasting corporate partnership with England Furniture.”

England Furniture was founded in 1964 by Charles England and his sons, Eugene and Dwight. England attracted the attention of La-Z-Boy, Inc. and has operated as an independent division since 1995.

“We are delighted to expand our operations into the great state of Virginia,” said Terry England, President, England, Inc. “We would like to thank the state and its various agencies for their support, cooperation, and partnership in this endeavor, and we look forward to operating in Lee County and becoming involved in the community.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Lee County, the Lee County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) to secure the project for Virginia. The VCEDA Board of Directors approved a $350,000 loan to the Lee County IDA to assist with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $135,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“We are very pleased and excited to have this opportunity to work with England Furniture to provide much needed jobs in Lee County,” said Greg Edwards, Chairman of the Lee County IDA. “We are well aware of England’s current operations and success and their impact on this region. We look forward to a long relationship with the company to create a more stable economy in Lee County.”

“On behalf of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, I want to congratulate England, Inc. on selecting Lee County for this expansion project,” said Jonathan Belcher, Executive Director/General Counsel, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. “VCEDA has approved up to a $350,000 loan to the Lee County IDA to help renovate an existing building at Dryden, Virginia for this project, which will provide much needed job opportunities for the citizens of Lee County and the region.”

“Furniture manufacturing has been a key industry in Southwest Virginia, and I’m glad England Furniture will continue this tradition by bringing 79 jobs to Lee County,” said Congressman Morgan Griffith. “England’s manufacturing operation will provide a vital boost to the coalfields’ economy, and in return, the company will find a resilient workforce and great location.”

“Manufacturing is critically important in Southwest Virginia and this decision by England Furniture to establish a new manufacturing operation that will bring 79 jobs to Lee County is welcome news,” said Tobacco Commission Chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore. “I am glad that the Tobacco Commission chose to support this project as we continue to build our regional economy.”

“This is a great day for Lee County and all of Southwest Virginia,” said Tobacco Commission member Senator Bill Carrico. “These jobs will have a large impact on our local economy, and this project shows that Southwest Virginia can attract top quality employers. I thank everyone who worked hard to make this project a reality and look forward to England Furniture’s success in Lee County.”

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