Scholle IPN, a leading global supplier of total flexible packaging solutions, will expand its operation in Smyth County, Virginia. The $31.1 million project is expected to create 75 jobs.
The 73,000-square-foot expansion will accommodate new manufacturing lines for film extrusion and packaging, and add over 800 feet in new rail track to support the inflow of resin, an integral raw material for production.
“Southwest Virginia has truly become an advanced manufacturing corridor and we are proud to continue to invest in the region. By committing over $30 million in the expansion of our Chilhowie, Virginia, facility, we not only better serve the needs of our customers across North America, we also ensure that Chilhowie and the State of Virginia remain at the forefront of our sustainable packaging capabilities, said Ross Bushnell, Scholle IPN President.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Smyth County, the Mount Rogers Regional Partnership, and the Town of Chilhowie to secure the project for Virginia.
Governor Youngkin approved a $600,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Smyth County with the project. Scholle IPN is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The company is also eligible to receive benefits from the Rail Industrial Access Program through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, subject to approval by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
“We are pleased that Scholle IPN has chosen to expand production in Smyth County and appreciate its demonstrated confidence in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “The company’s investment is a strong testament to Southwest Virginia’s skilled workforce and competitive business costs that attract and retain leading manufacturers. We thank Scholle for its contribution to the region’s economic revitalization, and look forward to the creation of 75 new jobs in Smyth County.”
Support for Scholle IPN‘s job creation will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, a workforce initiative created by VEDP in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System and other higher education partners,
“Mount Rogers Regional Partnership is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the outstanding plant leadership in Chilhowie to bring this opportunity to Smyth County and the greater region,” said Mount Rogers Regional Partnership (MRRP) Executive Director Josh Lewis. “Locating these technically skilled jobs into Southwest Virginia is further evidence that the region has great potential as a business location. Smyth County administration, Smyth County economic development staff, the VEDP team, and our MRRP BRE Manager should be commended for a job well done!”
Scholle IPN, now part of SIG, is a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic carton packaging. The company works in partnership with customers to bring food and beverage products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way.