By Andrea Oakes
Councilwoman, Staunton City Council
Twenty years ago, Minnesota-based Best Buy built an East Coast distribution center in Staunton’s new Green Hills Industry and Technology Center. As one of the first businesses to locate there, the 700,000 square foot facility serves 90 Best Buy retail stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Last week Congressman Bob Goodlatte made a stop in Staunton to help celebrate the center’s 20 years in business. Supervisor Marshall Pattie represented Augusta County and I represented Staunton City Council. Best Best Corporation’s CFO Sharon McCollam, along with General Manager Chris Ashby, led guests on a tour of the facility that included areas of operation as well as an explanation of the company’s green policy. In the “Going Green” operation, consumers may take just about anything electronic to the Best Buy stores to be recycled including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, audio and video cables, and cell phones.
At the completion of the tour, the Congressman was introduced to employees where he made brief remarks followed by questions from employees.
As a city council member, I’m committed to supporting businesses like Best Buy and am grateful for the employment opportunities they bring to our area.