Mining equipment company to expand in Tazewell County
Simmons Equipment Co., a manufacturer of battery-powered mining equipment, plans to invest $1 million to expand its Tazewell County operation.
The project is projected to create more than 30 jobs in the coming years.
S & S Machinery introduced its first battery-powered coal-mining scoop in 1968. The company’s market share in battery-powered scoops is about 80 percent.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Tazewell County, the Tazewell County Industrial Development Authority, and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project.
The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved up to $1.14 million in funding. That money will be invested over time through the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Foundation in Abingdon for use in the company’s planned R&D and commercialization activities.
Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.