News Column

Danville to Add 150 Jobs

May 28, 2013

New jobs are coming to Danville, Va., but they'll likely be a boost to Rockingham County as well.

AllergEase, a company that makes herbal lozenges for allergy relief, will open a new headquarters and distribution operation in Danville that will bring 150 jobs to the city over the next three years.

And hiring already has begun.

No doubt this will come as welcome news to Rockingham County, which suffers from an 11.3 percent unemployment rate compared with Guilford County, which has a 9.5 percent rate.

Danville economic development officials said in a news release that AllergEase will invest $7.5 million in the move over three years. The new business will move from Arlington, Va., to Danville's River District, a once-thriving industrial center.

The city has a plan to make streetscape improvements and other changes that could attract businesses and residents to the dilapidated area, according to a report on Danville's website.

Danville said in a news release that crews are renovating the Pemberton Building on Bridge Street, which is where the company will house its executive offices and headquarters.

It also will have a warehouse and distribution operation on Newton Street.

The new headquarters will open in July.

"This is exactly what we've been working for for a long time," Jeremy Stratton, Danville's Director of Economic Development, said in the news release.

Officials from the city's economic development department were unavailable for comment Friday.

Source: (c)2013 News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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