FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2003

Ellen Qualls
www.governor.state.va.us


Christian Hunt
Care Rehab and Orthopaedic Products, Inc.
(703) 448-9644
Jill Vaughan
VEDP
(804) 371-0049
MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY SELECTS CHARLOTTE COUNTY FOR NEW FACILITY
-Governor Warner announces Care Rehab, Inc. to create 50 new jobs -


RICHMOND - Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that Care Rehab and Orthopaedic Products, Inc., a supplier of physical therapy equipment, will locate in the Charlotte County industrial park shell building in Keysville. Through a $3 million investment, the company will establish an assembly and distribution facility. The project will create 50 new jobs with higher-than-average salaries for the county. Currently importing products from Europe and Asia, Care Rehab has future plans to manufacture in Charlotte County as well. Virginia successfully competed with West Virginia and locations in Asia for the project.

“This is a significant announcement for Charlotte County,” said Governor Warner. “I am pleased to see this growing company select the county’s existing shell building for its newest facility. Through this investment, Care Rehab will create valuable job opportunities for the region.”

Care Rehab is a leading supplier of physical therapy equipment and supplies, offering a complete range of home rehabilitation products for the recovering patient. The company operates an existing office in McLean, Virginia with 52 employees, company-wide. Care Rehab currently exports its products internationally with the help of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Division of International Trade.

“We are very proud to locate our new manufacturing, assembly and distribution operations in Charlotte County, Virginia, near Keysville and adjacent to UPS. This location will greatly assist Care Rehab in our next phase of expansion. We were greatly influenced by, and this project would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of Governor Warner, the County of Charlotte, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, VEDP, and the Heartland Regional Partnership,” said Christian Hunt, President of Care Rehab, Inc.

Governor Warner approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Charlotte County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission will support the project with $250,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia’s Heartland and Charlotte County assisted Care Rehab with its decision. The company is eligible to receive tax credits because it is locating in an enterprise zone. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide workforce training services.

Gary Walker, Charlotte County Board of Supervisors Chairman said, “Charlotte County is proud to welcome Care Rehab as its newest industry. I would like to thank the Board of Supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority for having the courage to make the investment in the Charlotte County Shell Building and for utilizing the VEDP shell building initiative program. This project became a reality because the shell building was immediately available for Care Rehab.”

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