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Company Announces Investment To Expand Operations
February 10, 2020

Blue Ridge Designs, LLC, a fast-growing manufacturer of screen printed apparel, has announced that the company will invest $2.28 million to expand its screen printing operation in Carroll County.

Established in January 2019, Blue Ridge Designs, LLC is a manufacturer of screen printed apparel and one of only 13 plants nationwide to use its unique watercolor ink process. The company has experienced a significant increase in demand for its services since its founding due to an emphasis on excellent equipment, design, and staff. The company has expanded three times, including the purchase of six new presses and three dryers, growing from 10 employees in February to more than 90, and is close to printing over three million shirts.

“If your heart is in your business you will be successful, and because we have such a wonderful community here in Carroll County, it’s truly been an honor to be able to offer jobs to so many,” said Greg Crowder, President of Blue Ridge Designs, LLC and Mayor of Hillsville, where the screen printing company is located. “We’ve done a great job paying attention to detail and making any improvements necessary to provide the highest quality product, and I feel this will afford us the opportunity for continued growth in the years ahead.”

In response to the announcement, Governor Ralph S. Northam said, “Blue Ridge Designs is a new manufacturer that has experienced exponential growth since its founding, and continues to create valuable jobs in Carroll County. We are thrilled to see the company’s fourth expansion in the past year, a strong testament to the power of Virginia’s manufacturing sector to strengthen communities across the Commonwealth. We thank Blue Ridge Designs for its commitment to southwestern Virginia and look forward to the company’s future success.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Carroll County to secure the project for Virginia and will support the company’s job creation through the state-funded Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities.

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