HURT, Virginia – Governor Ralph Northam joined federal, state and local officials this morning in the town of Hurt as Ohio-based manufacturing subsidiary Staunton River Plastics opened its new plant here in County of HURT. Pittsylvania.
“It’s an exciting day to be in Pittsylvania County,” Northam said.
Staunton River Plastics announced in May 2020 that it would invest $ 34 million to create a new 250,000 square foot facility at Southern Virginia Multimodal Park, a joint industrial park that was developed by the City of Danville, County of Pittsylvania. and the city of Faire mal. The new plant is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2022 and will employ around 200 people.
“Danville and Pittsylvania County are role models for the rest of the state in attracting new businesses and helping existing businesses grow,” Northam said.
Northam presented the Flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia to Greg Wood, Plant Manager at Staunton River Plastics.
“The new operation will provide many people in the region with the opportunity to be part of the growing injection molded plastic business,” said Wood.
Although Wood is not from Hurt, his uncle was a former employee of the old Klopman Mills factory for 40 years. His uncle was moved to tears when he learned that Staunton River Plastics was opening a factory in the town.
“It’s a big day for the town of Hurt, it’s a big day for Danville-Pittsylvania, and it is indeed a big day for the Commonwealth,” said the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Commerce, Brian Ball, who also attended the ceremony. “Today’s event is a celebration of the hard work that goes into economic development.
Virginia was named the Best State for Doing Business in the United States for the second year in a row.
“We are bringing meaningful industrial jobs to southern Virginia,” said Matt Rowe, economic development director for Pittsylvania County. “Ultimately, this kind of teamwork is the only way projects like Staunton River Plastics can reach a community like this.”
The Pittsylvania County Industrial Development Authority funds the custom installation of Staunton River Plastics through the American National Bank. It will be built by ARCO Design Build Industrial.
Rowe also noted that Norfolk Southern Railway will bring resin and other materials to the site during construction via its parallel rail line at Hurt’s Main Street.
“Northern Pittsylvania County is a great place to raise a family, and that’s what we want – a thriving community where families can thrive,” said Del. The Adams (R-16). “For that to happen, we need industries and opportunities, and that’s what Staunton River Plastics stands for.”
For Pittsylvania County Supervisor Tim Dudley (Staunton River), the grand opening of Staunton River Plastics in Hurt is the quintessential story of returning to rural Virginia.
“For decades Klopman Mills sat here on this concrete slab and was one of the employers here in Pittsylvania County,” Dudley said. “But when the plant closed in 2007, the region was devastated without this mainstay employer.
Dudley said residents of northern Pittsylvania County’s most remote and vulnerable communities, such as Renan, Straightstone, Brights, Grit, Motley, Pittsville and Sycamore, have been disproportionately affected by the closure.
“It’s a real local comeback story for this area,” said Dudley. “It’s the story of a community that continues to believe in itself. It’s the story of a city that is working to create a new identity for itself after the loss of the mainstay industry. the story of a community that works together and refuses to give up in the face of economic hardship. “
The Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority (SRRIFA) was founded not long ago with the idea that the vast open property in Hurt left in the wake of the textile industry was usable for the creation of new high-level jobs. quality and well paid.
“Today we see a goal achieved for years when we created the SRRIFA Board of Directors,” said Dudley.
The Mayor of Hurt, Gary Hodnett, is also the president of SRRIFA.
“The town of Hurt, along with our friends and neighbors, are survivors,” Hodnett said. “The past 15 years have not been easy, but today we are here in an atmosphere of very good news and new excitement.”
Hodnett, like Northam, Dudley, and most of the other speakers at the inauguration, attributed the productive collaboration between business and government to a mutually beneficial end for the citizens of communities like Hurt.
“We are launching an economic rejuvenation in the Town of Hurt that will provide many exciting new opportunities for residents across our region,” said Hodnett. “Today our dream has come true thanks to the hard work of so many people.”
Since its announcement in May 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the brakes on all aspects of the project, complicating even the simplest business interactions. But that didn’t stop any of the motivated parties involved, Mayor Hodnett said.
“What we are seeing is a real wake-up call for Hurt and all of northern Pittsylvania County,” he said. “This innovation represents a turning point in one of the first pages of a new chapter in local history yet to be read.”
City of Danville Councilors Sherman Saunders and Lee Vogler attended the ceremony, marking the City of Danville’s commitment to fostering economic development in its northern neighbor.
“This is a giant leap for our citizens, who will have the opportunity to be part of a growing injection molding business,” Saunders said. “Together, we are building a better future for our citizens, and we are delighted that Staunton River Plastics is part of our future. Although the town of Danville is the most geographically distant partner of this site, we understand the importance of regionalism and believe this is the type of development we can all believe in and achieve prosperity. “
Mayor Alonzo Jones added, “This ceremony marks a big step not only for Staunton River Plastics, but for this industrial park and the Dan River region. We know firsthand that the best way to move the region forward is to unite and work together on key projects. of importance. “
In his remarks, Governor Northam also counted healthcare, railways and transportation, industry expansion and broadband access among his priorities for Pittsylvania County going forward.