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Polish chandler picks southwest Va. for US plant

Friday - 9/20/2013, 2:40pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Polish candle-maker is opening its first U.S. production plant in Pulaski County, bringing 170 jobs with it.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday Korona S.A.'s $18.3 million investment in southwest Virginia. He said the new addition to the Pulaski County economy will be housed in an existing building and at a site that allows for future growth.

Economic development officials say Korono manufactures 8.7 million candles each day. Founded in 1992 in Poland, the company employs about 820 employees.

McDonnell approved a $600,000 grant to assist Pulaski County with the new industry.

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