BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County native is bringing a new business to town that will interest sports lovers, collectors, and trading card enthusiasts.
A new branch of Hybrid Grading Approach (HGA) will be coming to town soon, thanks to Tyler Hitt. A 2005 Buckhannon-Upshur High School graduate, Hitt opened HGA in January of 2021 and the business quickly grew from eight employees to 300.
HGA is a sports and trading card game grading company. Hitt explained they receive cards from customers and then, through an innovative process, including a state-of-the-art AI/Computer Vision computer grading software, grade them on authenticity.
The HGA owner said he was a card fan as a kid, but he grew out of it with age. However, about two years ago, Hitt rekindled his passion for card collecting and noticed a need for grading companies when he attempted to get some of his own cards graded. Although Hitt will not be relocating to Buckhannon, his sister, Tiffany Black will be the operations manager of the new location and keep Hitt’s image of operations intact.
The company will also offer colored labels that match the cards to make the slabs more aesthetically pleasing. HGA has around 300 employees at the Knoxville, Tennessee location and will be looking to hire around 100 employees at the new Buckhannon location.
HGA will be hosting a job fair in the new location at 879 Route 20 S. on August 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hitt said people interested in applying don’t need to have experience with operations, but knowledge of TCG will be helpful. The shifts will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight. New hire starting pay will be $13 per hour plus benefits and the company will also be offering management positions that will start at $20 per hour plus benefits.
Follow The Record Delta to see coverage of the HGA opening day, as well as job fair information.