RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that the world’s largest bedding provider, Tempur Sealy International, Inc., will create new jobs in Scott County by investing in a $13.3 million expansion at its plant in Duffield.
The expansion is expected to create 42 new jobs that will average above the prevailing wage for the region, the governor’s office said.
“Tempur Sealy’s significant investment and the creation of 42 new jobs paying above average prevailing wage is great news for Scott County’s rebounding economy,” McDonnell said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “The company’s Duffield facility manufactures products under the Tempur-Pedic brand, which has evolved into a widely recognized household brand.”
Pillows and mattresses are currently manufactured at the 500,000 square-foot facility located in the Duffield Industrial Park.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Scott County and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project, the governor's office said. TVA also provided assistance through their Valley Investment Initiative program.
McDonnell's office approved a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Scott County with the project, while the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $182,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.
“We are excited to assist Tempur Sealy in its expansion,” said Del. Terry Kilgore, chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “They have been a great asset to our region and this new investment shows their continued commitment.”
The operation will also benefit from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program due to its location in Duffield.
“Tempur Sealy appreciates all of the support that the State of Virginia and Scott County has provided during the past 12 years as our business expanded, and we look forward to it continuing,” said Pete Barr, Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing. “The economic incentives will assist our company to expand our Duffield location operations, including new jobs and new equipment. ”
Following the announcement, local officials said they were pleased that Tempur Sealy was expanding its footprint in Scott County and Southwest Virginia.
“We are elated that Tempur is still growing in Scott County as this announcement represents the third time they have initiated new investment,” said Joe Fuller, chairman of the Scott County Economic Development Authority. “The addition of 42 advanced manufacturing jobs in Duffield at a world class facility exemplifies why they continue to grow and are a world leader in bedding products.”
Scott County Board of Supervisors Chairman Danny Mann said the decision by Tempur to expand would bring much needed jobs to the region.
“With the employment picture being what it is here in Southwest Virginia, this is great news for Scott County,” Mann said. “I want to thank all those involved in bringing these job opportunities to our county. We all need to work hard in a collaborative effort, like this, to bring even more jobs and economic growth to the folks of Scott County.”