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West Point Veneer Reactivates West Point, Virginia, Mill Operations

West Point Veneer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coldwater Veneer, plans to reactivate manufacturing operations in West Point, Virginia. The $2.5 million project is expected to create 92 jobs.

The mill will produce wood veneer with the capacity to ship product globally via The Port of Virginia.

“We are very pleased to announce the re-opening of our hardwood veneer mill since it was closed in December of 2017,” said Dean Calhoun, CEO of Coldwater Veneer. “The Town of West Point, the Virginia Port Authority, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership all worked together seamlessly to assist us in many ways. This veneer mill has state-of-the-art technology and equipment and will bring new jobs to the community and opportunities for employees to learn new skills and allow West Point Veneer to provide the highest quality products in the industry that are all made here in America.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the Town of West Point to secure the project and will support West Point Veneer’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities.

As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

“We celebrate West Point Veneer’s decision to reopen its wood veneer mill in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Virginia is a world-class location for wood products industry manufacturing that offers premier access to abundant natural resources and timber supply in the Mid-Atlantic. Virginia offers a world-class business climate and proximity to markets that will allow companies like West Point Veneer to grow and thrive.”

The company is also eligible to receive benefits from The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program.

“West Point Veneer’s decision to reactivate its facility in West Point is good news for the region, for job growth and for the economy,” added Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “West Point will be eligible to leverage The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant to its advantage to help this effort move forward. This company is known internationally for its high-quality veneers and The Port of Virginia is ready to help West Point Veneer reach markets around the globe.”

Coldwater Veneer’s customers include dealers and manufacturers of wood veneer faces, panels, doors, furniture, cabinets, store fixtures and other applications.

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