June 09, 2004

Ellen Qualls
(804) 786-2211, x2379

Jeffery Bussert
RJJ Tire Co. Inc.
(540) 535-1788
Jill Vaughan
(804) 371-0049
-Governor Warner announces company to invest $3.1 million-

RICHMOND - Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that RJJ Tire Co., Inc. will locate a tire recycling facility in Shenandoah County. RJJ Tire will move its existing operation and seven employees from adjoining Frederick County, investing $3.1 million and creating 28 additional jobs. The Commonwealth successfully competed with West Virginia for the project.

“It is good news for the people of the Valley that RJJ Tire has selected Shenandoah County as their new home,” said Governor Warner. “As an environmentally sound company that continues to find success in the Commonwealth, we hope to continue working to help them grow their business.”

RJJ Tire Co., Inc. is a recycling facility that reprocesses old tires into rubber crumb, steel and fiber products. The new facility will recycle used tires into crumb rubber for such uses as mulch in playgrounds. In addition to the end product, this process helps to dispose of waste tires in a useful, environmentally sound way rather than utilizing landfills.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to be a Shenandoah County partner,” said RJJ Tire Co. Partner Jeffery Bussert. “Our tire recycling facility will provide new jobs in the community while producing a valuable and forgotten resource. Our location choice was an obvious one for our company. It enables us to cover a wider area of Virginia thereby allowing us to better serve the Commonwealth. We sing the praises of Shenandoah County leaders, especially Economic Development Director Susie Hill, and are grateful for their enthusiastic support.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership prepared the state’s proposal and negotiated an incentive package to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Warner approved $50,000 from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Shenandoah County with the project. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Shenandoah County also assisted RJJ Tire with its expansion decision. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will support the project with its Workforce Services Program.
“This considerable investment in Shenandoah County and the addition of new jobs will have a positive economic impact on our county,” said Dennis Morris, Vice Chair of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.”


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