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Press Glass Announces New Manufacturing Operation
August 1, 2018

Press Glass, the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, has announced that the firm will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County. Press Glass represents the first company to locate in the county’s Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park.

Headquartered in Poczesna, Poland, Press Glass was founded in 1991 and employs 2,100 across its 11 manufacturing operations. As the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, the company processes glass for fabricators of windows and doors, facades, solar and photovoltaic panels, and more.

“We are honored Press Glass has chosen to locate a major manufacturing operation in Henry County and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Governor Northam noted in a released statement. “Henry County’s optimal location lets companies easily connect to both domestic and international markets, and the county’s strategic investments in growing its manufacturing workforce have made it even more attractive to companies who want to expand in the U.S. market. Press Glass will be an important addition to the Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park, and we thank the company for its significant investment and the creation of over 200 new, 21st-century jobs.”

“This new investment in Henry County is an important step for the company’s growth strategy,” said Press Glass Vice President Michael Lankford. “From this location, the new production facility enables Press Glass to enter a targeted sales territory and market segment. There are many reasons for selecting Henry County and the Commonwealth Crossing. The location of the industrial park is near our existing production facility in Stoneville, North Carolina, which will enable synergy between the two facilities, allowing them to share knowledge, resources, and management. Geographically, the industrial park also allows good access to highways and interstates. The proximity to future Interstate 73 will make transportation of materials more efficient. The industrial park allows opportunity for future growth and continued success. Building a formidable team will be paramount in the success of the operation, and we feel we can build such a team in this area. Working with Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development and the Commonwealth of Virginia reaffirmed this decision. Press Glass is looking forward to a successful future and working closely with the community.”

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.

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