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New industry to bring jobs

A new industry has broken ground at the Heartland Regional Industrial Park in Keysville with the anticipation of providing 20 or more full-time jobs to the area.

On Monday, May 17, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Heartland Regional Industrial Park located along Highway 360.

The company distributes structural floor and roof systems to the professional contractor trade through a network of retail lumber dealers and truss manufacturers.

Representatives from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Charlotte County, and Virginia’s Regional Heartland Industrial Facility Authority joined representatives from Eastern Engineered Wood Products for the groundbreaking of the company’s new distribution center.

According to President Todd Lindsey of Eastern Engineered Wood Products, construction will be completed later this year. The facility will consist of office space, cutting buildings, a drive-through storage building, and vertical racking.

Lindsey said the new facility would replace a smaller leased facility the company occupies in Emporia and will expand the current delivery footprint to new markets further west in Virginia and North Carolina. It will also service customers in Washington, D.C. and parts of Maryland.

“The new location will be dedicated exclusively to the sale and distribution of engineered wood products,” Lindsay said. “Our commitment to creating an exceptional customer experience ensures that our customers can expect accurate, on-time delivery of pieces, job packs, or truckloads of material in one to two days. Even more important than stocking large inventories, hiring and training talented people is critical for us to meet our customers’ needs,”

Eastern Engineered Wood Products incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1998.