By Nicholas Elmes -

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco is planning on expanding some of its operations at its Brook Cove facility.

“The facility is currently used for tobacco leaf storage,” said R.J. Reynolds tobacco spokesman David Howard. “Following our acquisition of Lorillard in June, we acquired a supply of tobacco leaf that was stored in a facility in Danville, Va. that was owned by Lorillard.”

Howard said the company did not, however, acquire the storage facility in Danville as part of the acquisition.

“We are simply doing some needed updates at our Brook Cove tobacco leaf storage facilities in preparation for handling the additional tobacco leaf supply we acquired,” he said. “It will not impact how the facility is used. The work being done is to address some minor updates to the facility in preparation for handling additional tobacco leaf supplies.”

Omega Construction, Inc. of Pilot Mountain was awarded the project and will be partnering with R.J Reynolds to manage and coordinate the construction.

The new facility will include additional offices, restroom and associated common areas, as well as new loading docks with access improvements for product handling. The Omega and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco teams are currently working to procure all permits in order to begin work on the facility as soon as possible. Lee F. Cook, Vice President will be the lead Project Manager for Omega Construction, Inc. and Steve Doub will represent Omega as the Superintendent.

Howard said the expansion would not result in any new jobs at the facility nor should it cause any additional truck traffic in the area.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

By Nicholas Elmes

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