Company to Build $40 Million Factory at Bluefield Exit 1, Creating 150-300 New Jobs | State and region
CHARLESTON – Governor Jim Justice announced Friday that Omnis Building Technologies will develop a $40 million, 150,000 square foot plant in Bluefield to manufacture building materials that will revolutionize the future of homebuilding, creating 150 to 300 jobs.
“I would like to be the first to thank Omnis and welcome them to our great state with open arms,” Justice said in a news release Friday morning announcing the news. “I am beyond proud as Governor to make another major economic development announcement that will change the lives of countless West Virginians for the better. We continue to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the rocket ride I promised is real. This is the fourth major economic development project I’ve been able to announce in less than a month, and it’s huge, successful businesses that are pouring tons of money into our state, while creating careers for entire communities of hardworking West Virginia from north to south.
Justice said the company will innovate in the near future and plans to be operational by the end of this year. The plant will be built at Exit 1 of Interstate 77 on John Nash Boulevard in Bluefield.
“This is a monumental day for the town of Bluefield and the state of West Virginia,” Bluefield Mayor Ron Martin said. “We are thrilled to welcome Omnis Building Technologies to the city’s industrial site at Exit 1 and look forward to the great paying jobs this will provide for our community and region.”
“We all need to take a step back and truly appreciate Omnis’ commitment to our state and celebrate all the goodness they will be bringing to their new home in West Virginia,” Justice added.
Omnis Building Technologies is a manufacturer of energy-efficient pre-engineered home building systems comprised of concrete insulated building units (ICBUs) that are shipped and then assembled on-site to make pre-engineered homes, the governor’s office said. Once delivered, these patented turnkey homes are easy to build and ready to move into in just days, according to Justice.
“This is exactly the type of forward-thinking business Governor Justice wanted to land in West Virginia when he made the decision to elevate our economic development operations,” added Virginia’s Secretary of Economic Development. -Western, Mitch Carmichael, in a prepared statement. “Our country is facing a housing shortage. Entrepreneurs are simply not able to meet the growing demand. Unfortunately, this can make the dream of owning a home out of reach for many Americans. That’s why we’re excited to welcome Omnis Building Technologies to West Virginia and help them revolutionize the future of homebuilding. This will make home ownership more sustainable and affordable for the average West Virginian.
According to Freddie Mac researchers, nearly 4 million homes are missing in the United States, and the gap between supply and demand continues to widen.
“The Bluefield West Virginia Economic Development Authority began work to attract Omnis approximately 14 months ago and we are honored that they chose Bluefield as their location,” said BEDA Executive Director Jim Spencer. “The jobs created by Omnis will be a tremendous boost for our region and it is a privilege to be part of the project.”
Searching across the country for a location to build its facility, Omnis Building Technologies President Jonathan Hodson said Bluefield, West Virginia was considered an ideal location because it allows the company to bring CIBU homes to most of the population in the United States. by rail or truck.
“Settling in Bluefield allows us to employ a workforce that is made up of a diverse mix of people with high work ethics and to utilize the abundance of readily available natural resources,” Hodson said in the Governor’s press release. “Settling in West Virginia fulfills our mission to provide family-supportive jobs through building affordable, high-quality, energy-efficient homes.”