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Layman Distributing investing millions to expand in Salem, adds 42 jobs

Leadership Team (l to r): Justin Keen, Scott Thomasson, Judy Ross, Juanita Neely, Glenn Bowe, Kenny Keen (Credit: Layman Distributing)
Leadership Team (l to r): Justin Keen, Scott Thomasson, Judy Ross, Juanita Neely, Glenn Bowe, Kenny Keen (Credit: Layman Distributing)
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A distributor in Salem is expanding and creating new jobs.

On Friday, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Layman Distributing, a small, woman-owned, full-service wholesale distributor, will invest $6.8 million to expand in the City of Salem.

The company will relocate to a facility at 2157 Apperson Drive that offers twice the square footage of its existing facility, doubling the company’s operational capacity. The project will create 42 new jobs.

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“Layman Distributing is a homegrown Virginia company that has found success for 75 years in the City of Salem, demonstrating the strength of the Commonwealth’s strategic location, world-class infrastructure, robust workforce, and innovative supply chain ecosystem,” said Gov. Youngkin. “The Roanoke region provides a convenient gateway to reach target customer markets, and this expansion will allow Layman to further extend its distribution reach. We look forward to a continued partnership with the company for years to come.”

“Layman Distributing is a valued long-term employer in the City of Salem and its expansion will bring 42 new jobs and strengthen Virginia’s supply chain management sector,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “The region’s robust workforce and access to expanding markets along I-81 will help the company serve its growing client list, and we stand ready to support Layman’s continued success in the Commonwealth.”

“As we celebrate our 75th anniversary this year, we look forward to our continued future growth and investment in the City of Salem and Southwest Virginia,” said Justin Keen, VP of Corporate Development for Layman Distributing. “Everyone from Mayor Renee Turk, City Manager Jay Taliaferro, Economic Development Director Tommy Miller, all the way down to City of Salem Water Department have given us a great deal of consideration that ultimately led to our decision to expand in the City of Salem. With the vast support of pro-business leaders such as Governor Youngkin, Secretary Merrick, Senator Suetterlein, and Delegate McNamara, we felt Virginia and the City of Salem was the right place for us to continue to grow our business. We would like to extend a special thanks to R.L. Price Construction and First Citizens Bank for their unwavering support of this project.”

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“The City of Salem is proud and excited to have Layman Distributing continue its legacy with us,” said Salem Mayor Renee Turk. “Since 1948, this family-owned business has competitively and faithfully served this area, growing in leaps and bounds because of its outstanding customer service and personal relationships. The Layman family is truly living its business mission by expanding its one-stop retail and restaurant specialty business into a larger facility in Salem. This demonstrates the employees’ commitment to helping their customers’ businesses grow as they grow, and we are thrilled they will remain a part of our Salem community.”

“It is encouraging to see a long-tenured business from the Roanoke Region investing in its future growth,” said John Hull, executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “Layman Distributing is a vibrant business that recognizes and pursues growth opportunities, and its continued success directly contributes to the growing industrial diversity of the Roanoke Region.”

Founded in 1948, Layman began its business distributing tobacco products and now offers over 12,000 stock-keeping units of convenience and grocery store products to its customers, which include convenience stores, restaurants, universities, dining halls, vending services, and independent grocers.

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The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Salem and the Roanoke Regional Partnership to secure the project for Virginia and will support Layman Distributing’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).

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