There’s hope in the Dan River Region that a new venture will lead to more companies and hundreds of jobs.
City and county leaders hope a $5 million building will create 150 to 200 jobs.
This building allows companies to move to the area and then lease the space to produce supplies.
This is a joint project between Danville and Pittsylvania County.
Crews got to work on this 100,000 square foot building over a year ago.
RealtyLink Development, a South Carolina firm, invested in the project.
Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director Matt Rowe says a locality would normally invest in a project like this.
He says it feels great to know they are investing in the Dan River Region’s growth.
“What they’re really saying to us through this investment is that ‘We believe in your community, we see it as an up and coming community.'” Rowe said. “It’s just a validation from the private sector that the improvements being made in this region are real and that they’re substantial.”
He says this building is necessary as most companies are looking to move to an area fast.
“75 percent of every single inquiry is a company that is looking for an existing building. Companies want to get up faster and so that’s where this type of building allows them to do that,” he said.
Rowe says multiple companies have been eyeing the building, but he wouldn’t say which ones.
He says the building will likely attract advanced manufacturing companies.
Construction should be finished by the end of February.
Rowe says once companies start moving into this building, the firm plans to build another 100,000 square foot building right next to it.