For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2016
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Virginia Economic Development Partnership: Suzanne Clark, (804) 545-5806, Sclark@yesvirginia.org
| Graphic Packaging International, Inc.: Sue Appleyard, (773) 332-3130, firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor McAuliffe Announces 43 New Jobs in City of Staunton
~Graphic Packaging International, Inc. to invest $20 million to expand manufacturing operation~
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Graphic Packaging International, Inc., the wholly-owned subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, will invest $20 million to expand its operation in the City of Staunton. The company is a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies. The project will create 43 new jobs.
Speaking at today’s announcement in Staunton, Governor McAuliffe said, “The advanced manufacturing sector continues to gain momentum in the Commonwealth, and we are proud that Graphic Packaging International is a leader in this key industry and investing in the future of its operation in the City of Staunton. The creation of good-paying manufacturing jobs is a key component of our administration’s strategy to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”
“Manufacturing continues to be a great opportunity for job growth throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I congratulate Graphic Packaging and Staunton on this expansion and look forward to continuing the partnership.”
Graphic Packaging International, Inc., a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading provider of packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies. The Company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading market position in coated-unbleached kraft and coated-recycled board. The Company's customers include some of the most widely recognized companies in the world.
"The Staunton folding carton plant is strategically important for Graphic Packaging to execute our business plan,” said Michael Doss, President and CEO. “The expansion will significantly bolster our manufacturing capabilities to serve existing and new customers. We selected Staunton for our expansion after a thorough assessment, and we thank the leaders and citizens of Virginia and the City of Staunton for their continued partnership.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $250,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Staunton with the project. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“It’s tremendous to see the progression of an enterprise that began with a local entrepreneur and to experience the economic vitality it has since generated for our City,” said Staunton Mayor Carolyn Dull. “We’ve watched this company evolve and expand since 1996, from a 60,000-square-foot facility offering 34 jobs, to a larger facility with over 170 employees. Staunton’s new relationship with Graphic Packaging International—a global company well-established in North America, Europe, South America and Australia—will open the doors to people and suppliers from around the world.”
Senator Emmett Hanger supports the dollars set aside to assist with the company growth, commenting, “Expanded manufacturing opportunities help our communities build successful businesses in Virginia. We are most fortunate to have Graphic Packaging in Staunton. Their efforts to employ and train workers promote not only their solid business model, but provide economic growth and job security for our citizens.”
As of February 19, 2016, 622 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, with more than $10.18 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 24 months in office.