FRONT ROYAL – An ITFederal groundbreaking ceremony was held at the former Avtex Fibers site on Monday afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said, this is a “new era for economic development.”

The $40 million project located on 30 acres of the former Superfund site on Kendrick Lane, near the EDA building in Front Royal, is anticipated to bring about 600 new jobs to the area.

“Hundreds are expected to be working here,” Goodlatte said.

This was a long process, Goodlatte added, that the community came together to make happen.

“You put the difficulties behind you with the aim of convincing your citizens and the greater region that this place can once again be a good location for business to thrive. So I must once again congratulate you on the tenacity you displayed,” Goodlatte said.

Front Royal Mayor Timothy Darr said, “Embrace what this milestone project can bring to our community. This is our first step into a new era, which will bring many new ideas and concepts in business and in life that we as a community must embrace.”

Darr added that this groundbreaking “begins a process of change” for the community and that he is happy to have a new business and community partner with ITFederal.

ITFederal president, Curt Tran, said, “It is exciting for ITFederal to get this opportunity to develop and do our office complex here at the Royal-Phoenix site.”

“It’s truly an honor for ITFederal to be a part of this project, and to finally see Royal-Phoenix rising out of the old Avtex site,” Tran added.

Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, Richard Traczyk, said, “We’re going to have an excellent new site.”

Chairman Patricia Wines, of the Economic Development Authority, said, “This is a fine day for our community.”

This site will soon be a “useful, income producing site” for residents of Front Royal and Warren County, Wines added.

“This should be a good day to come together in celebration of what we can accomplish when we work towards one common goal for the betterment of all.”

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