NEW KENT, Va. – Sept. 30, 2019 — Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) joined forces with local officials and community members from New Kent County Monday during a ground-breaking ceremony, marking the start of construction on a new operations facility to be located in the county.
The new 20,000 square-foot facility will be built in VNG’s northern service territory and will comprise of office and warehouse space along with training areas. When complete, team members based in New Kent will be able to respond quickly to calls since the facility will be centrally located to the company’s northernmost territory in Ashland and Williamsburg.
“The construction of our new facility here in New Kent County represents VNG’s continued commitment to delivering safe and reliable natural gas to the residents and businesses in the northern portion of our service territory in the most expeditious manner,” said Jim Kibler, Virginia Natural Gas president.
With an estimated population of 22,000, New Kent is the second fastest-growing county in Virginia, with a growth rate of 3.2% according to the most recent U.S. census, and up 21% since 2010. New Kent has also maintained population growth, business investment and positive economic activity since 2008.
“New Kent County truly is a great place for business to grow, and VNG is pleased to be part of that modern and dynamic growth,” added Kibler.
The new facility is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.
About Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Natural Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides natural gas service to nearly 300,000 customers in southeast Virginia. Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized as one of the safest, most reliable and customer-focused natural gas service providers and is consistently ranked in the top quartile for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates. In 2018, Virginia Natural Gas was named Local Distribution Company of the Year by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association for the third consecutive year. For more information, visit virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states and approximately 700,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southerncompanygas.com.
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