AUGUSTA COUNTY -– A major announcement from McQuay International could mean more jobs in the county.
Workers at the McQuay building in Verona manufacture air conditioning systems.
Companies who want to buy those systems will be able to come to the building and take a look around. That will draw more people to the county's hotels and restaurants and it will also help people get back to work.
The company will soon have 50 new employees to improve cooling systems.
Mike Schwartz, the company's CEO, plans to invest more than $9 million to revamp the building.
“It was a natural kind of extension of our investment strategy to continue to invest in a facility that is one of our critical production facilities throughout the world,” said Schwartz.
Dennis Burnett, Augusta County's director for economic development, said the county has long been a hotbed for manufacturing jobs.
“It has been a mainstay for Augusta County, and as we hear different things, it's good to see us adding jobs in Virginia, more or less here in Augusta County in the manufacturing sector,” said Burnett.
Future employees will help improve McQuay's products and those employees and customers will grow the county's economy. That's good news for Burnett and the county's board of supervisors.
“We're blessed to have employers like Daikin McQuay, to see them investing in an existing facility just helps assure us they'll be here for long-term,” said Burnett.
Future products will focus on saving energy and reducing dependence on foreign oil. McQuay has locations in 75 countries and a main hub in Verona.
Schwartz is hopeful the expansion will keep McQuay and Augusta County in business.
“This will provide a whole new level of confidence from the customer's perspective, when they see the kind of capabilities that we will have. It will just enhance our position in the marketplace,” said Schwartz.
McQuay said the company will invest nearly $5 million for those 50 new employees.
The hope is that will help boost the economy in Augusta County.
Virginia's secretary of commerce and trade announced a $250,000 grant from the state to support the expansion.
Some of the open jobs would be for engineers, technicians and manufacturing. Jobs are expected to be open in the coming months.