Northam announces plans for 200 new jobs at furniture plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A furniture manufacture is planning to renovate a recently closed plant in Virginia and create nearly 200 new jobs.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that North Carolina-based Ison Furniture plans to spend $3.5 million to renovate the shuttered A.C. Furniture Company in Pittsylvania County.

Ison plans to create 150 new jobs, while one of the company's suppliers plans to locate onsite and create 45 additional new jobs. High-end wood tables and custom furniture frames will be built and upholstered at the site.

Virginia beat out North Carolina to win the project, Northam said. The state is giving the company various grants and other incentives.