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Films Production Facility Expansion Announced
November 7, 2018

Continental, one of the leading manufacturers of automotive, fashion, and industrial interior textiles, has announced that the firm will invest $10.3 million to expand its O’Sullivan Films production facility in the City of Winchester.

Founded in 1896 and acquired in 2016 by Continental, a leading automotive manufacturing company, O’Sullivan Films is a recognized leader in multifunctional films and artificial leather products and the premier supplier of interior trim film to the North American automotive industry. The company is a major developer of Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO), Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU) Polymer Films, and Polyolefin Alloys (POAs).

“With this new investment, the plant is now poised for future growth by providing additional synthetic product offerings with quick turnaround times,” emphasized Scott Krueger, plant manager at the Continental facility in Winchester. “Thanks to the ongoing partnership with state and local officials, we are pleased to announce this investment. We remain dedicated to advancing technologies in our facilities and enhancing our manufacturing capabilities in the state of Virginia.”

According to a statement released from the Governor’s office, Governor Ralph S. Northam said, “Continental’s decision to expand its O’Sullivan Films operation in the City of Winchester is a powerful testament to the region’s affordable utility infrastructure, strategic location, and highly skilled manufacturing workforce. As a valuable Virginia exporter and one of the largest employers in Winchester, the company’s significant investment demonstrates its future longevity and commitment to the Commonwealth. We look forward to a continued corporate partnership with O’Sullivan Films.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Winchester to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $188,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Winchester with the project. Continental is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as 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.

O’Sullivan Films is a 2016 graduate of VEDP’s award-winning Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. VALET is an application-based, two-year global export acceleration program that provides participating companies with assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their export goals.


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