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Grant rewarded to new ammunition Company in hopes of bringing jobs to Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY W. VA. (WVVA) - Leaders and community celebrated in Montogomery on Thursday after a multi-million dollar grant was announced.

The 7.5 million dollar award was given to the ammunition company "Ranger Scientific" by the rural development division of the USDA.

Kris Warner, the West Virginia State Director of the USDA, said this money will give the company the necessary resources to make this investment in Fayette County.

"That will allow them to purchase the building, renovate the old Montgomery High School building, and then provide the equipment and necessary items needed to get this ammunition plant up and running," said Warner.

Daniel Pearlson, Ranger Scientific's CEO said this investment by the USDA will help provide hundreds of jobs for local people.

"In fact, the plan is right now, only two people, two additional people, are being brought in from out of state and everyone else will be local," said Pearlson.

The city of Montgomery has fallen on hard times in recent years after WVU tech and Valley High School left town.

Greg Ingram, the mayor of Montgomery, said they are doing what they can to rebuild and restore buisnesses.

"[It's] the ripple effect," said Ingram. "We've been fixing up things and cleaning up town and doing the little things we can do and we've been negotiating with a lot of different entities to bring buisness in and this is one of the first big waves."

While the company now has the means to get started, there is a long way to go before the project will be completed and Ranger Scientific is up and running.

The hope is to have the ammunition plant open for business by the spring of 2021.

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