A leading designer, marketer and producer of the world’s finest tile and natural stone, Emser Tile will invest $16.25 million to establish an East Coast distribution operation at CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Suffolk, Virginia.
“Emser Tile is thrilled to be working with the City of Suffolk and Virginia,” said Emser Vice President of Marketing Bob Baldocchi. “This new facility represents a significant milestone in our long-term expansion and growth plans.”
Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $250,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Suffolk with the project.
In addition, the company will receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, and funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The project is expected to create 98 new jobs.
Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “It is another tremendous testament to Virginia’s competitive advantages when a company like Emser Tile chooses the Commonwealth as its gateway to the East Coast market and the rest of the globe. This new distribution location in the City of Suffolk will allow strategic access to customers and unrivaled logistics efficiency through the Port of Virginia.The Commonwealth’s distribution base remains strong and continues to grow, and we are proud to add Emser Tile to the roster as we diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”
“Emser Tile’s establishment of a distribution operation in the City of Suffolk is a wonderful testament to the superior assets Hampton Roads offers U.S.-based and international companies,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “This leading distributor will benefit from Virginia’s outstanding talent, strategic location, infrastructure, attractive corporate climate and quality of life. We look forward to seeing the company’s growth in Virginia.”
Mayor Linda T. Johnson said, “Emser Tile’s investment means more new jobs, and it illustrates that the Port of Virginia and Suffolk are proven assets along the Atlantic for companies to diversify their logistics operations. We are determined to assist companies interested in growing in Suffolk and look forward to Emser Tile’s continued success.”