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Spotlight: AccuTEC Blades
Last Friday, Augusta County had the opportunity to celebrate with AccuTEC Blades and host Governor McAuliffe who announced the company will invest $5.37 million and create 53 new jobs over the next three years.
This announcement is particularly exciting because just a year ago, this company was on the verge of closing. As Rick Gagliano, President of AccuTEC Blades said during his remarks, "The collaborative efforts of state and local officials together with the perseverance of AccuTEC's new owners saved this business from what only a year ago was a corporate mandate to close it down. They believed this business and its employees did not deserve such a fate. They pooled their efforts and resources to create a viable alternative to closure in the form of a spin-off from our previous corporate parent into our new company AccuTEC."
A lot of people were willing to hold onto the legacy of ASR and see the potential that lies ahead. The performance-based grants that are being infused into the company will enable AccuTEC to hire and train new people and invest in equipment and technology that will keep the company on a growth trajectory.
As one of the world's largest manufacturers of razor sharp bladed edges, in one way or another, AccuTEC touches the lives of every American. An AccuTEC blade is used for that very first prick on the heel of a newborn, for eye and skin procedures, and in pathology labs to diagnose disease. They are used in medical devices, semi-conductor, tool manufacturing, and for food processing.   They cut glass for cars and buildings, fibers for insulation, and fabrics for furniture, rugs, and clothes. Every day, barbers and hair stylists use AccuTEC razors and blades to keep people looking their best. From here in Verona, Virginia, AccuTEC reaches out across the country and beyond with products that make lives better.
Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Jones with AccuTEC Blades President and Augusta County Board of Supervisors
Please join me in welcoming another great (and growing) company to the Augusta County community!
Cheers to AccuTEC Blades!
Amanda Glover
Director of Economic Development

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Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA
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Ice House, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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