Amcor PET Packaging is spending $105 million to build a facility in Wytheville, Va., that will blow mold hot-fillable beverage bottles.
Gov. Mark Warner announced the project Jan. 10, noting the effort will create 144 jobs.
Shelley Steele, communications director for Ann Arbor-based Amcor PET, said groundbreaking is set for this spring and details will be announced later.
The company will receive $400,000 from the Governor's Opportunity Fund and $300,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. It also will receive rail and road access funding through two state funds, a community block grant for infrastructure improvement and training funds.
Frank Pellicori, vice president and general manager for Amcor PET's North American beverage division, said in a news release that the company also picked the site for the its strong business climate, infrastructure and educated workforce. According to Wythe News, the plant will supply a new PepsiCo Gatorade and Propel bottling plant that is under construction in the same industrial park.
Amcor PET has more than 80 manufacturing sites in 20 countries. Parent Amcor Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia, operates 240 plants in 39 countries. It employs more than 27,000 people and had sales of US$8.5 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30.