PATRICK COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – On Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam declared that Canadian-centered Prolam, LLC, a company of higher-excellent hardwood floors for professional trucks and dry van trailers, is preparing to commit $12.8 million in Patrick County to create its 1st U.S. producing operation in the previous 10 Oaks satellite facility on Dobyns Street.
The venture would build 58 new substantial-spending careers and increase 50-p.c to the company’s full production potential.
Prolam is also committing to supply at minimum 65-per cent of its timber from the Commonwealth’s robust hardwood source, supporting regional loggers and forestland entrepreneurs via the purchase of much more than $20.5 million in Virginia-grown hardwoods in excess of the upcoming three a long time.
“This project is a good gain for Virginia’s hardwood loggers and forestland owners. Forestry proceeds to be an essential pillar of communities across the Commonwealth for the reason that marketplace leaders identify the positive aspects of our abundant pure resources, comprehensive transportation network, and unparalleled workforce. We thank Prolam for locating its initial U.S. production facility in Southern Virginia and look forward to a lengthy partnership with the company.”
Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA)
Prolam is headquartered in Quebec, Canada and is a primary producer of commercial trailer flooring.
The business supplies the prime U.S. trailer manufacturers who are experiencing file development from the surge in on-line commerce and the affiliated boost in shipping.
Prolam’s new Patrick County facility will straight profit Virginia’s hardwood loggers and forestland homeowners by supplying a current market for reduced quality purple and white oak lumber not suited for residential flooring or cooperages.
The corporation employs a variety of proprietary systems that present outstanding humidity resistance, power, and longevity when not sacrificing business trailer body weight.
The Virginia Office of Agriculture and Purchaser Services (VDACS) and the Virginia Financial Advancement Partnership (VEDP) labored with Patrick County and the Patrick County Financial Growth Authority to secure this venture for the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam authorised a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Advancement (AFID) Fund, which Patrick County will match with community resources. Funding and products and services to help the company’s work creation will be offered through VEDP’s Virginia Job Investment Method.
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