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Ronald Mark Associates Plans Bluefield, Virginia, Manufacturing Plant

Ronald Mark Associates, Inc., a leader in custom resin and vinyl fabric formulations and technical services, will establish a manufacturing operation in Bluefield, Virginia. The $13.5 million project is expected to create 29 jobs.

The company will occupy the former Komatsu Mining Corp. facility.

“Ronald Mark Associates has selected the State of Virginia to expand their operations in advanced fabric coating. The progressive talent of Tazewell County is a perfect place to start, create, and produce infrastructure fabrics and technical textiles for our Ronald Mark customers,” said RMA President Michael Satz. “I thank the Virginia Economic Development Department along with the Tazewell County representatives that have worked with us on this project. We look forward to a prosperous future in the great State of Virginia.”

As an incentive the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Tazewell County and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia.

The Governor’s office approved a $116,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Tazewell County with the project. Ronald Mark Associates is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“We welcome Ronald Mark Associates to Tazewell County and the Commonwealth, and look forward to building a successful partnership,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Manufacturing is the cornerstone of a healthy economy, and Virginia’s thriving industry base, outstanding logistical advantages, and robust workforce will position RMA for success for years to come.”

Headquartered in Hillside, New Jersey, Ronald Mark Associates has been marketing, distributing, and packaging PVC resin since 1971 and manufacturing vinyl films and technical textiles since 1979.

“Jonathan Belcher, Executive Director and General Counsel, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority added. “This will add to the established base of manufacturers in Tazewell County and the region and provide good jobs for the area's citizens.”

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