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January 29,2020   |   News story

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Blue Ridge Designs, LLC, a fast-growing manufacturer of screen printed apparel, will invest $2.28 million to expand its screen printing operation in Carroll County. The project will create 118 new jobs.

“Blue Ridge Designs is a new manufacturer that has experienced exponential growth since its founding, and continues to create valuable jobs in Carroll County,” said Governor Northam. “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.”

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.

“Blue Ridge Designs has quickly become an important contributor to Virginia’s manufacturing sector, which continues to attract companies due to our skilled talent, strategic location, and favorable business climate,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Supporting 21st-century manufacturers is a key component of our efforts to promote economic development in all regions of the Commonwealth. We will continue to support Blue Ridge Designs as it grows in Carroll County, and thank the company for creating 118 new jobs in Virginia.”

“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.”

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 Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

“I am pleased that Blue Ridge Designs, LLC will bring a significant number of new job opportunities to Carroll County,” said Delegate Jeffrey Campbell. “This expansion is a testament to the hard work and perseverance of Mr. Crowder and his employees and I look forward to their continued success for many years to come.”

November 25,2019   |   News story

 If you or someone you know needs health insurance, it’s time to act by visiting HealthCare.gov right now to enroll. Open Enrollment only happens once each year, and you must sign up by December 15 to get coverage for 2020.

If you need health insurance, it could be cheaper than you think: Nearly 9 out of 10 people who enrolled in health coverage through HealthCare.gov last year qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. Most people can find a health insurance plan for $75 or less per month.

Millions of Americans count on HealthCare.gov for quality, affordable healthcare and getting covered is easier than ever – for most people, it takes just ten minutes to submit an application and you can even apply on your cell phone. There are many ways to select a plan and enroll:

  • You can visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov  and sign up for coverage online.
  • If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free and confidential assistance is just a call or click away. You can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800- 318-2596 or find local, in-person help by visiting LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
  • You can also schedule an appointment with an expert who can answer questions and help you sign up. Make an appointment here.

If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2019, you should come back to update your information and compare your options for 2020. Every year, plans and prices change, so you could save money by switching to a new plan that still meets your needs.

Being covered gives you and your family the peace of mind to know that if you get sick or have an accident, you’ll be able to get the care you need. Don’t miss your chance to sign up and get covered for 2020.

If you want to share your thoughts about an issue that’s important to you, you can send me an email any time using the form on my Senate website. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mark R. Warner

 PS: There is a very short window to sign up, and the Trump administration has slashed funding to help get the word out about this year’s Open Enrollment. That means it’s up to folks like you and me to get the facts out. Will you help us spread the word by forwarding this email and sharing the video below on Facebook or Twitter? Make sure your friends and family know that they have to sign up by December 15 to #GetCovered for 2020.

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