| Griffith Statement about Job Announcements in the Ninth District 11.16.12
Friday, November 16, 2012 â€“ Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) released the following statement regarding the news of both job losses and gains in the Ninth District:
â€śI am deeply troubled by todayâ€™s announcement that Merillat will be closing its 2 manufacturing plants in Atkins. These job losses negatively impact the entire community, but most significantly the hard-working employees and their families.
â€śThere is no news that can replace my sadness for the families who are facing the layoffs at Merillat shortly after Christmas. However, I would be remiss if I did not applaud Governor McDonnellâ€™s efforts to bring jobs to the Commonwealth. In the shadow of this bad news from Smyth County, there is some good news in another part of the Ninth District. Governor McDonnell today announced an expansion of HanesBrands adding 50 new jobs in Patrick County.
â€śI am glad that we have had one step forward, but I am still troubled that it seems that for every step forward, there are four steps back.
â€śI will continue to promote job-creating policies and fight against overregulation to get our economy back on track.
â€śFor those individuals impacted by the job losses, please feel free to contact my district offices for possible assistance and a resource packet.â€ť