Major apparel company to invest $10.2 million, create 82 new jobs in Henry County

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — VF Corporation — described by Virginia officials as a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories — will invest $10.2 million to grow their operation in Henry County, creating 82 new jobs.

According to a statement released by Gov. Ralph Northam’s office on Thursday, Oct. 28, the company will use its 500,000-square-foot facility in Martinsville to increase distribution capacity to deliver products to its consumers more quickly.

“VF Corporation has thrived in Henry County for nearly 20 years, and we are thrilled to see the company continue to invest in the Commonwealth,” said Northam. “Virginia’s strong outdoor recreation economy supports the growth of companies like VF Corporation. We look forward to the company’s continued success here in the Commonwealth as our ecotourism industry grows.”

Officials say VF Corporation owns and operates a family of iconic outdoor, active, and workwear brands, such as Vans, The North Face, Timberland, and Dickies.

In addition, VF Corporation has reportedly been an employer in Henry County since 2003.

“VF Corporation focuses heavily on the wellbeing of its customers and the communities it operates in, and it has been a partner of the Commonwealth for close to two decades,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “We are confident that Henry County’s strategic location and quality-of-life amenities, business environment, and topnotch workforce will continue to propel VF Corporation to success, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the company for years to come.”

“Governor Northam created the Office of Outdoor Recreation to get the most out of Virginia’s unique and diverse natural assets,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Cassidy Rasnick stated. “VF Corporation is a global powerhouse in the outdoor industry, and its decision to invest in Henry County demonstrates that this industry can be a true driver of economic development for communities in which it operates.” 

Officials tell WFXR News that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and the Virginia Office of Outdoor Recreation worked together to beat out California and Pennsylvania for the multi-million dollar project.

“We’ve proudly operated our distribution center in Martinsville for 18 years and we know that continuing to invest in Martinsville is the right choice given its location and committed employees,” said Cameron Bailey, VF Corporation Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain. “The planned investments in this facility, from enhanced technology to improved distribution equipment, as well as the 82 new full-time positions, will help deliver our products to our consumers in a more efficient and prompt manner. On behalf of our brands and VF as a whole, we extend our gratitude to Governor Northam and Senator Stanley for their continued partnership.”

Northam also approved a $225,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project, according to Thursday’s statement.

“VF Corporation has been a great friend and partner with Henry County for many years,” Henry County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Adams said. “Today’s announcement further solidifies our relationship. We are blessed to have VF in our community.”

The governor’s office says the company is not only eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program — administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development — but the Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities.

“Within the past month, two companies have made great decisions to do business in Southside, Virginia,” said state Sen. William Stanley. “I am pleased to see VF Corporation continue to grow and create many new opportunities for citizens in Martinsville and Henry County. This investment of $10.2 million and the creation of 82 new jobs is a big win for Southside and its continued economic growth.”

“I am again pleased to add my voice of congratulations to everyone who helped bring more jobs to Henry County with this investment,” Del. Les Adams said. “Given this decision to increase distribution, the leadership at VF Corporation is no doubt pleased with our community and should expect more successes from its workforce.”

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