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Pulaski industrial recycler expanding downtown

PULASKI, VA -

Update: 5:55 p.m.

It has been quite some time since the old Jefferson Hill plant was up and running. Steer House restaurant manager Larry Spain remembers when this once vibrant textile town was booming.

"It was a lot busier in this area than it is now, more people.," said Spain.

Those who have been dining out since the good ole days of Pulaski remember too

"It was a booming place, main street was real active, because you had a lot of stores of course," said Archie Boothe.

Now the old Hill plant will be soon be occupied once again, as industrial recycler Blue Bird Resin expands its business and adds about 20 jobs.

"We are very excited and I think it's something we can build on and I'm confident that we will," said Jeff Worrell, Mayor of Pulaski.

But the addition of 20 new jobs is not exactly what the mayor and area economic leaders are focusing on. They hope by getting an old textile plant up and running again, it will be a shot in the arm for this community, a step in the right direction, and one that could help the good old days and good people trickle back in to town.

"We're always hearing about something leaving. I'm glad to see something coming back," said Spain.

"I think a lot of them would probably come back if there was work here," said Boothe.

It is a place once filled with factories and one that would not mind seeing factories flourish again.

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An industrial recycling company will expand their U.S. manufacturing/recycling operation in Pulaski County.

Winchester, Va-based Blue Bird Resins converts waste into valuable "scrap commodity," and will expand to the Hill plant in downtown Pulaski.

The company's plan, according to New River Valley economic leaders, is to establish one of the largest grinding and pelletizing operations in the region.

The company is expected to add about 20 jobs, said town officials.

Two years ago, they moved to the NRV and have grown from about 7,000 square feet, to more than 40,000 square feet.

The Hill plant they will now occupy, said town officials, is around 100,000 square feet.

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