While the company’s corporate offices are still located in Hawaii, the $1.65 million expansion will allow Benjamin Case to have its manufacturing and research and development operations all located in what was formerly know as the Keith Building.
Benjamin Case Vice President and co-owner Eugene Enevoldson said his company’s decision to broaden operations at its 23-employee Scott County plant was easy to make.
“We saw this was a growing area,” Enevoldson said. “And it is really close to our main customer, VFP, so it allows us to better meet their needs.”
Benjamin Case, which received $75,000 in funds from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to help with the expansion, produces the structural framing components for the division of VFP that manufactures equipment shelters and modular structures.
The company’s product allows rapid framing of these buildings and has been used to make everything from telecommunication shelters to family homes. It also is impervious to the elements, Enevoldson said, and is as structurally sound as more traditional building methods.
Scott County Supervisor Joe Horton said Benjamin Case’s announcement was a welcome one, especially with today’s sagging economy.
“We’re proud to have this company coming to the region,” said Horton. “Any job you can get with the economic times like they are is a plus. This is a good company, and I don’t see anything but great things for them from now until the future.”
The added jobs will push the industrial park’s total number of employees past 1,800, up from the 673 it had in 1995.
Since then, the park has been deemed an enterprise zone.
That designation, along with start-up and closing funds provided by the Virginia Tobacco Commission, has given businesses like Benjamin Case some incentive to bring more jobs to the region.
“Things go through a life cycle and maturity,” Lenowisco Executive Director Ron Flanary said. “Any region or any community that is not working on economic development constantly runs a risk of seeing its community and region go into a decline, so the smart ones work at it constantly.”