Amerlink only created 1 job in past 39 months
By Christopher Brooke, Galax Gazette
Hillsville — An Amerlink official appeared before the Carroll supervisors Monday to ask for a deadline extension for its facility in the county's industrial park.
The supervisors considered the single job created so far — the log home manufacturer estimated new employment at 200 when it moved to Carroll — and unanimously voted not to grant the request.
The Governor's Opportunity Fund and the Virginia Tobacco Commission each contributed $300,000 to spur on the location of a saw mill in Carroll County, according to a performance agreement dated May 18, 2005. In exchange, Amerlink was to invest $3 million of its own funds "in improvements, machinery and equipment and... create 200 jobs at said facility, all over a 39-month time period measured from the date the funds from the Governor's Opportunity Funds are received." (link)
You need to read the article. The dialogue that ensued between Amerlink's John Barth and Carroll County's supervisors is quite the chuckle.