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Crab Orchard business expansion to bring new jobs

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday morning that will begin the expansion of ANALABS in Crab Orchard.

The ceremony that kicked off construction on the 7,000 square foot addition was held at the facility at 11 a.m.  A pair of development groups helped to secure funding for the 1.5 million dollar expansion.  The groups are the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA). The goal is of the expansion is to add scientific jobs and economic growth to the region.  In fact, ANALABS plans to expand the staff of 28 employees to 42 in the next three years.

The new addition to the building will contain laboratories and office space.  ANALABS is a commercial laboratory that also acts as a third part administrator for drug testing services.