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Latvia-Based Valmiera Glass Invests $20 Million In Dublin, Georgia, Operations Center

Area Development Online News Desk (07/29/2014)
Valmiera Glass, a Latvia-based manufacturer of fiberglass products, will invest $20 million to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility and headquarters in Dublin, Georgia, creating 150 jobs within five years.

Valmiera Glass will locate on 40 acres in an industrial park on I-16 in Dublin. The approximately 80,000-square-foot facility will manufacture fiberglass products for the North American market, heavily utilizing the Port of Savannah. Because its manufacturing process is highly automated, the newly created jobs will be well paid and will require well-trained candidates. Valmiera Glass will also take advantage of QuickStart, Georgia’s top-ranked workforce training program.

“The which new manufacturing facility in the United States is a customer-oriented business development step,” said Andre Heinz Schwiontek, Board Member/Vice President of Valmiera Glass Group Joint-Stock company Valmieras stikla škiedra. “Valmiera Glass Group sales increase in North America every year with 14 percent of the total turnover of the company exported directly to the United States and Canada. Now we will have the ability to efficiently reach our current customers and grow our customer base. This manufacturing facility will provide new opportunities and strengthen Valmiera Glass Group’s position in the global marketplace.”

“It is no surprise that Valmiera Glass would select Georgia for its first U.S. headquarters,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “This project represents the first substantial investment from the former Soviet Union, which underscores the fact that Georgia’s thriving automotive and aerospace industries are gaining attention in the international marketplace. Valmiera Glass will set the stage for other companies in that region to locate to Georgia.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Project Manager Nico Wijnberg assisted the company on behalf of Georgia, along with GDEcD European Office Managing Director Antje Abshoff and Lonnie Smallwood, Project Manager at Electric Cities of Georgia.

"The Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority is extremely happy to have Valmiera Glass join our community,” said Scott Beasley, Chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority. “They are very strong financially and will be manufacturing products that will be used in the automotive industry. We appreciate their investment into Laurens County and the jobs that will follow."

“A highly educated workforce is critical for high-tech companies such as Valmiera Glass,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Without question, Georgia’s advanced labor pool, combined with an interconnected transportation infrastructure and one of the fastest growing container ports in North America, the Port of Savannah, will provide the support that Valmiera Glass needs in order to better reach the North American market.”

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