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Canada-Based Unilock Plans Doswell, Virginia, Manufacturing Plant

08/02/2022
Canada-based Unilock, North America's premier manufacturer of concrete interlocking paving stones and segmental wall products, will establish a manufacturing campus in Hanover County, Virginia. The $55.6 million project is expected to create 50 jobs.

The company will locate up to four new production facilities at 17000-17500 Washington Highway in Doswell to meet increased customer demand within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets.

“I can think of no better way to kick off the next 50 years for Unilock than planting our flag in Doswell, Virginia,” said Brian Kallmeyer, Unilock General Manager. “The Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets are key to our continued growth as a company and finding the right location was critical. Thankfully, Doswell checks all the boxes. Our experience with both the county and state officials has been remarkable both in professionalism and cordiality. We look forward to a long relationship as a great business and contributor to the community.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Hanover County and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Youngkin approved a $340,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Hanover County with the project. Funding and services to support Unilock’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“We are excited that Unilock has selected Hanover County for a major manufacturing operation that will increase its reach to significant markets on the East Coast,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Virginia is a world-class transportation and logistics hub with a renowned manufacturing workforce, and this new operation will greatly contribute to the company’s long-term growth.”

“With more than 30,000 manufacturing workers in the region, I’m thrilled that Unilock found Hanover County to be the perfect fit,” said Jennifer Wakefield, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP). “The strength of the workforce in the region has attracted over 1,100 manufacturing firms to the region, many of whom select Hanover.”

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Unilock is a family-owned-and-operated business that originally introduced the paving stone to North America in 1972. The company has grown to become the premier manufacturer of paving stones and retaining walls.

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