HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday that Press Glass, an independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County.
Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 212 new jobs.
Press Glass represents the first company to locate in the county's Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park.
“We are honored Press Glass has chosen to locate a major manufacturing operation in Henry County and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Governor Northam.
Headquartered in Poczesna, Poland, Press Glass was founded in 1991 and employs 2,100 across its 11 manufacturing operations. The company processes glass for fabricators of windows and doors, facades, solar and photovoltaic panels, and more.
“This is an exciting win for Henry County, the region, and the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “In addition to offering a pipeline of skilled talent, Henry County’s ability to provide a pad-ready site that accelerates the company’s timeline was a key component in their decision for Virginia. We are proud to welcome Press Glass to the Commonwealth’s corporate roster, and look forward to their future success.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to secure the project for Virginia.
Governor Northam approved a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project.
The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $835,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.
The company is also eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Sales and Use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment.
Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.