Bag producer Trinity Packaging Corp. will open its third manufacturing site later this year.
The company, based in Armonk, N.Y., looked at Tennessee and other states in the region before deciding to build its new extrusion, converting and printing facility in Clarksville, Va., in an economically downtrodden section of the state.
Economic incentives offered by state officials, plus a personal telephone call from Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, helped seal the deal, said Jill Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Richmond-based Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a business-marketing group for the state.
Trinity will invest about $10 million in the new plant and hire 300 people, Lawrence said. The square footage was not disclosed, and Trinity officials would not comment much beyond what was in a news release from the governor's office.
The state of Virginia and officials in Mecklenburg County stepped in to boost employment in the far-southern section of the state where Clarksville is located. Several area textile plants had closed or laid off thousands of employees, and the area needed replacement businesses, Lawrence said.
Trinity received a $500,000 state grant - matched by the county - to improve the roads and sewer system around the site. The company also obtained $400,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity funds from the state, gained as part of the nationwide lawsuit settlement reached against tobacco companies.
The facility will be built in an enterprise zone in Clarksville, giving Trinity added tax credits, Lawrence said.
Trinity produces a variety of consumer and industrial bags and protective packaging, and supplies packaging material made from stretch and shrink film, sheet and corrugated paperboard. The company also offers packaging equipment and conducts its own flexographic printing.
The company has other plants, in Remington, Va., and Lewistown, Pa., and a warehouse in Indianapolis that it opened in 2001.
The Clarksville plant is to be finished by the end of the year, a Trinity spokesman said.