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BREAKING NEWS: PHCC to buy Arrington Manufacturing site
To expand motorsports and other programs
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Patrick Henry Community College is set to buy the Arrington Manufacturing Inc. land and buildings to expand its motorsports facility and house some other workforce development programs offered by the college.
Arrington Manufacturing owns almost 13.5 acres and two buildings in the Patriot Centre Industrial Park in Henry County, which is close to the college’s 137 acre campus. The buildings are 51,000 and 53,000 square feet.
The PHCC motorsports program has been housed in the smaller building since 2005. The other building was the home of Arrington Manufacturing, which originally built high performance Dodge truck engines.
Arrington Performance, which builds hemispherical combustion chamber engine (HEMI engines) and custom performance parts for late model American muscle cars, classics and hot rods applications, now occupies that building.
Purchase price for the land and buildings is almost $5.5 million, most of which will be paid for by the state. Because state funds may be used only to build or purchase buildings and not land, the college will reimburse the state the $234,000 cost for the land.
That money was collected through contributions to the college from the localities it serves — the city of Martinsville and the counties of Henry and Patrick and the southern part of Franklin County.