Blue Ridge Machine Works Moves into Mill Place

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Blue Ridge Machine Works broke ground Wednesday on a million-dollar facility in Mill Place Commerce Park. The company builds custom machine parts for more than a dozen businesses.

CEO Mike Shelton says it's out of space at its Grottoes location and moving the entire operation to Verona.

"The job opportunities and the customer requests for what we do requires us to buy more equipment and I have no more room to put that equipment in place,” Shelton said.

Crews are expected to be done building the 14,500-square-foot building next spring. The owner anticipates 10 new positions over the next three years.

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