Oldcastle APG, a manufacturer of lawn and garden products in North America, is renovating a vacant building and will establish advanced manufacturing operations in Suffolk, Virginia. The project is expected to create 28 jobs.
This will be the company’s second Lawn & Garden operation in the state, alongside Mountain Materials in Russell County, according to state officials. Oldcastle is also committing to purchase 80 percent of all forest products from Virginia forest land owners.
“Virginia has long served as an important foothold for our business in the Commonwealth and throughout the entire mid-Atlantic region,” said Joe Ertel, President, Oldcastle Lawn & Garden, a division of Oldcastle APG. “We are so appreciative of the opportunities Oldcastle APG has with Virginia and the City of Suffolk to continue growing our business and enhance our outdoor living solutions while mutually benefiting the local community.”
The Governor’s office approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by VDACS, to win the project for the Commonwealth. The city of Suffolk’s economic development authority is matching the AFID award with local funds.
“When the nation’s leading manufacturers are choosing to locate new facilities in Virginia, it demonstrates the success we are having in reinvigorating job growth and making Virginia an attractive place to do business,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “I am thrilled this international company is choosing to grow its presence in Virginia and thank them for the new jobs and economic opportunity they are bringing to the City of Suffolk.”
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the city of Suffolk to secure the project.
“Forestry is Virginia’s third largest private industry, bringing an economic impact of more than $21 billion to the Commonwealth each year and supporting more than 108,000 jobs across the state,” added Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr. “Virginia’s loggers, mills and landowners need strong markets for every part of the tree in order to drive our forestry industry forward. That is why I am grateful to Oldcastle APG for this investment and the major new market the facility will create for bark, chips and other co-products from our lumber and paper industries.”
Oldcastle APG is the largest manufacturer of architectural building products in North America. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company’s lawn and garden division employs more than 1,100 employees across 43 manufacturing sites in the U.S.