According to the Bristol Herald Courier, two Southwest Virginia companies have announced plans to add a combined 170 jobs to the region.
Columbus McKinnon in Damascus will add 70 jobs over 30 months as part of a corporate restructuring, replacing roughly the same number lost to layoffs at the plant here during the recession.
CGI in Lebanon will add 100 jobs.
Terry Smith, acting general manager at Columbus McKinnon, told the Herald Courier the jobs’ average wage will be $16 an hour and will go up from there. Employment could increase further when the economy picks back up.
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