DANVILLE, Va. — A Chinese furniture company has announced that they will open their first U.S. plant bringing 300 hundred jobs to the area.
GOK International announced they will be moving their headquarters to Old Belt One in downtown Danville. The showroom and warehouse will be about three miles away in Ringgold.
The move will create 300 much-needed jobs with an unemployment rate is near 12%.
An importation tax hike is making it more expensive to assemble furniture in China for the U.S market. Therefore, GOK is going to have furniture parts shipped to the U.S. and have the final product put together here.
“For once U.S. trade policy has worked in our favor,” said Linwood Wright with Danville’s Economic Development.
Those new jobs will be added over the next three years and the company will make capital investments totaling near $12.5 million dollars.
“Well, we have a lot of buildings that are empty and there are a lot of unemployed folks — so we have two things that they would need,” said White.
Hiring is expected to begin early next year with the average salary for those position being around $30,000.