The National Tire Research Center, located in Halifax County adjacent to the Virginia International Raceway, opened with fanfare and a ribbon cutting. The center will display custom-built equipment that economic development leaders and Virginia Tech officials expect will make the Southern Virginia region the one-stop destination for global tire testing and development.
The $14 million center was a collaborative effort led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in alliance with the Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, General Motors Co., and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.
The center will employ 15 or more individuals in 2013, and likely as many as 30 when it is fully operational. Economic models indicate that more than 100 jobs in Southern Virginia will result from the venture by 2020.
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