"We wanted to build a new building because we weren't using about a third of it because of the walls we added. It was a hindrance to have different spaces," Barnette said.
Mining Repair Specialists has grown from eight employees 25 years ago to 28 employees today, she said.
The project is expected to add nine jobs. The company will have to hire trained CNC operators and salespeople who know how to sell to the industries they anticipate working with, she said.
Barnette said the main push behind the expansion is ensuring employees keep their jobs.
"This is to retain our employees ... we all know what the coal industry is right now and our employees are important to us," Barnette said. "We've expanded on small scales but nothing like this. This is the big one, and we're very excited."
Barnette said Mining Repair Specialists plans to host a grand reopening closer to April.
Also Thursday, EDA members gave preliminary approval for a nearly $78,000 loan to Blackheart International to buy new equipment. The Barbour County company is expanding its manufacturing capability that will be used to make tactical gear and accessories.
The Philippi-based business is a security and military tactical gear supply company. The project is expected to create eight jobs in the next three years.
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