Officials hope new facility in Hurt will turn around economic decline

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HURT, Va. (WFXR) — Pittsylvania County officials hope the incoming Staunton River Plastics plant will be a long-needed boost to the local economy.

Last week, WFXR reported on the new manufacturing facility is moving forward in Hurt. It will bring about 200 jobs.

The Staunton River Plastics plant is the first tenant to move into the industrial park that was once the site of Burlington Industries. At one point, Burlington employed about 1,100 to 1,300 people, and the county says the loss was devastating.

“You still see the scars from that,” said Matt Rowe, Pittsylvania County’s Director of Economic Development. “You know, we have shopping plazas that are being under-utilized, destroyed as far as the town’s budget. The town of hurt used to have a grocery store, Winn-Dixie. All of that left.”

The first phase is expected to be up and running by the middle of next year and employ about 100 people, with more jobs being added in later phases.

Officials are not saying at this time what is being manufactured at the plant, but Rowe say it’s part of a health and beauty product that we use on a daily basis to help fight COVID-19.

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