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BLUEFIELD, W. Va. – The dirt started moving Tuesday on a new facility that promised 150 to 300 new jobs in the Mercer County area in the months and years to come. Governor Jim Justice joined the Bluefield Economic Development Authority and officials from Omnis Building Technologies to open the company’s new facility.

California-based Omnis has been a world leader in the development of concrete technology over the years. The most recent innovation concerns prefabricated blocks which can enable the rapid construction of self-contained housing. The new Bluefield facility will produce these prefabricated materials for homes. The $40 million factory will be 150,000 square feet and built only on I-77

“I have been told that we are going to build homes now that are affordable beyond belief and we can build that home in three days or less, and maybe even a day,” Gov. Jim Justice said during of the ceremony.

Justice said that while he was happy to be there to welcome Omnis to West Virginia, he couldn’t take credit for bringing them to the area. He said those accolades went to the Bluefield Economic Development Authority and its chief executive Jim Spencer. Spencer was quick to hijack the credit as well.

A sample of the building material that will be made in the new manufactured home facility

“I’m a person of faith and when you all hired me, I started praying and said, ‘Lord, this area needs jobs. We need something different and we need a new economy. So I cannot stay here today without saying thank you to the Good Lord for what he has granted us,” Spencer told the congregation.

Omnis chose the Bluefield site after making the first visit to the area 14 months ago. Spencer noted that there were several twists and turns along the way, and many stepped up to help iron out the wrinkles that occasionally threatened the project. He thanked them during the first shovelful of earth.

Omnis Building Technologies is a manufacturer of energy-efficient pre-engineered home building systems comprised of concrete insulated building units (ICBUs) that are shipped and then assembled on-site to make pre-engineered homes. Once delivered, these patented turnkey homes are easy to build and ready to move into in just days.

The houses are also autonomous, producing their own water and electricity.

Searching across the country for a location to build its facility, Omnis Building Technologies President Jonathan Hodson said Bluefield, West Virginia, is an ideal location because it allows the company to bring CIBU homes to most of the population of the United States by rail. or truck.

“As we inaugurate this facility, it fills us with hope,” said Omnis Building Technologies President Jonathan Hodson. “I hope that each year after the facility is commissioned, 3,000 families can have a beautiful home and have the comfort of knowing that their home is of the highest quality, is durable and will stand the test of time. .”