United Way’s record breaking campaign

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley announced the 2021-2022 campaign was one of their most successful in the organization’s history raising over $1 million dollars to serve the community.

The majority of those funds were raised through workplace giving programs and individual donations.

The organizations that contributed the most through workplace giving include Trex, Valley Health, and Navy Federal.

The United Way had a huge increase in requests over the past year and would not be able to serve those community members without these donations.

The money will be used for the United Way’s Impact Grants as well as to expand and maintain their flagship program, the Valley Assistance Network.

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FCFR respond to a commercial structure fire at Trex

Frederick County Fire and Rescue (FCFR) responded to the report of a commercial structure fire at Trex on Shawnee Drive in Winchester.

The report was confirmed in a news release from FCFR.

The release states that the fire was reported on Wednesday May 11 at approximately 5:40 p.m..

The Trex Emergency Response Team (ERT) was battling a dust explosion fire at one of the plant’s mixers when FCFR crews arrived on the scene.

FCFR crews assisted the ERT in fire suppression efforts for over an hour to keep the fire from spreading to the 70 yards of piping and the roof of the building.

The fire was fully extinguished by approximately 8:20 p.m. and FCFR units were able to clear the scene.

One Trex employee who was working around the equipment at the time of the dust explosion was treated and released for basic life support injuries at the scene.

No other injuries were reported and dollar damage estimates have not been determined at this time.

The fire was deemed accidental and due to equipment malfunction.

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Trex expands in Winchester

Trex company will break ground on a new corporate headquarters and production facility on Crossover Boulevard in Winchester.

A news release from Trex states that the company hopes to bring in an additional 350 new jobs to it’s expanded facility on Shawnee Drive.

Trex hopes to move to it’s new 64,000 square foot headquarters on Crossover Boulevard in mid 2023.

Along with the move to the new headquarters about 200 corporate employees will move in as well.

The company plans to be hiring across all departments soon.

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