WILLIAMSON – Unilin Flooring, located at the Harless Industrial Park near Holden, will be adding another shift and hiring 70 new employees.
That announcement was made by Leasha Johnson, Executive Director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA) at that board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday at their office located in East Williamson.
Johnson said a job fair will be held on the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) this Thursday, Dec. 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Those interested should report to the main lobby and they will be directed from that location. They can apply online at www. mohawkcareers.com before they come to the job fair.
West Virginia Workforce will be at the job fair to assist potential workers.
Jordan Speigel of the Coalfield Development Corporation gave the MCRA board an update on the spec house he is building at the housing sites along the King Coal Highway near Mingo Central High School.
Speigel had a slide presentation and showed photos of the progress of the structure. There will be about 15 housing sites at the development. An access road has been paved and utilities will be available in the near future.
Johnson also updated the board of directors on the potential agricultural and aquaculture projects for Mingo County.
Johnson said that Steven Stone of Appalachian Spring Lettuce is interested in the old aquaculture site at Thacker Hollow just off U.S. 52 near Varney, W.Va. Stone is interested in starting up a fish hatchery and his experimental produce business at that location. Discussions are still ongoing for this business venture.
The MCRA is also talking with the Mingo County Commission about letting Youth Works, a volunteer church organization for teens that comes into the Tug Valley area every spring and summer, stay in rooms in the old WHS building and using the facilities there.
Johnson has also been in discussion with several organizations about providing water to the Air Transportation Park near Delbarton. The water source needs to be strong enough to support fire departments and fire suppression systems.
From that point, the park could support a business such as Fed Ex or another similar company.
An update was given on the recreation and tourism partnerships, including Twisted Gun Golf Course, Twin Branch Motor Sports Complex and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails system.
Johnson also gave the board an update on the Ben Creek road.
Other routine business was taken care of such as approving minutes of the previous meeting and paying bills.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)