Community members excited for new jobs in Kanawha County

Published: May. 31, 2016 at 9:01 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The potential for new jobs is bringing new hope to people in eastern Kanawha County.

Hundreds of people were at Riverside High School on Tuesday to hear an announcement from Ranger Scientific.

The company announced they will be opening a rifle ammunition factory, bringing more than 400 jobs to the area.

"It's really exciting to bring more people around here. More jobs," Ryan Adkins, a sophomore at Riverside High School, said. "It's just rough you can't even stay at your home state because you have to go somewhere else to find a job."

Adkins said he was worried about finding a job in West Virginia after graduating from high school, but hopes new job opportunities will keep him from having to move.

Scientific Ranger also said the company will make a concentrated effort to hire veterans.

"People are out of jobs. People want to work. And I think this is great for the community," Duke Jordan, a retired Marine Corps veteran, said.

Local companies are hoping the new ammunition factory will help their business.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was not at the announcement, but he released a statement saying he is excited to see another company locate nearby in the Mountain State.