WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday that Traeger Grills, manufacturer of the world’s top-selling wood pellet grill and signature hardwood pellets will invest nearly $3 million to establish a new grill pellet manufacturing facility in Wythe County, creating 15 new jobs and a $3 million investment into the region.
“Thanks to companies like Traeger Grills, forestry contributes $21 billion to our economy each year and supports thousands of quality jobs across our Commonwealth. Our Administration remains focused on supporting our diverse hardwood forests, ensuring they continue to provide a sustainable and natural raw material for manufacturers. We than Traeger Grills for their commitment to this shared goal and the economic impact they will have on Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth.”Gov. Ralph Northam
Traeger Grills will partner will Musser Lumber, a previous recipient of a Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund award, to source Virginia-grown hardwood residual products.
Musser Lumber recently expanded its ability to make customized blends of dried residual products from different hardwood species, allowing Traeger to manufacture a variety of flavored grill pellets suited for all types of cooking.
At full production, Traeger expects to purchase several million pounds of hardwood products each month, creating an important new market for Virginia’s hardwood sawmills and forest landowners.
The Commonwealth is partnering with Wythe County and the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Wytheville, and Rural Retreat on this project through the Governor’s AFID Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
Northam approved a $75,000 grant from the AFID Fund to secure the project for Virginia, which Wythe County will match with local funds.