SANDY SPRINGS, GA. (Updated Dec. 16, 9:55 a.m. ET) — Rubbermaid Commercial Products plans to invest $67.3 million in its Winchester, Va., injection molding plant and to establish a new distribution facility, according to a news release from Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The Dec. 15 announcement stated Rubbermaid Commercial also will retrofit an existing 454,000-square-foot building in nearby FrederickCounty into a distribution center.
The company will invest in high-technology, energy-efficient injection molding machinery in Winchester. The project will add 71 jobs at the site. Rubbermaid Commercial makes commercial cleaning, materials management, washroom and foodservice products. Proximity of the two facilities to the VirginiaInlandPort gives the firm direct access to international and domestic customers.
Rubbermaid Commercial spokeswoman Jenn Schneider said the Winchester expansion is not related to a renewal project announced in late October. As part of the renewal project, the company will close its Martinsburg, W.Va., distribution center and move the operation to FrederickCounty .Another part of the renewal project was recently revealed when Rubbermaid Home Products confirmed it will close its Wooster, Ohio, distribution center and move its activities to an injection molding plant in Mogadore, Ohio.
Rubbermaid Home Products also said it will close its Greenville, Texas, injection molding site in the renewal project but it has not specified where the production will shift.
Schneider said no net job decrease is expected in the Martinsburg distribution relocation. Martinsburg employs about 120 and most are expected to take positions In Frederick County because the new distribution center there is close to Martinsburg.
Winchester's floor space will grow by 60,000 square feet when the expansion is done by late 2012. Details about the equipment to be installed were not disclosed. The new distribution center will open a few months after Winchester's expansion is done. The distribution center was a GE Lighting plant closed last year.
“Rubbermaid Commercial Products is committed to growth through innovation, which is reflected by the capital investments we are making in our business,” stated Rubbermaid Commercial Products President Neil Eibeler in a news release.
“Rubbermaid Commercial Products has been in operation in Winchester since 1968, and I am pleased that the company will now establish a distribution center in nearby FrederickCounty,” noted Governor McDonnell. “This significant investment is a logistics strategy that will streamline the manufacture and distribution of the products.”
Parent company Newell Rubbermaid Inc. of Sandy Springs, Ga., said in mid-November that it was undertaking a global business realignment that would shrink its three operating groups into two: Newell Consumer and Newell Professional. As part of its renewal strategy announced a few weeks earlier, it will close another, undisclosed production plant.
The Virginia projects qualify for a $300,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist the City of Winchester and a $600,000 performance-based grant to Rubbermaid Commercial from the Virginia Investment Partnership program. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance also will provide funding and services to support Rubbermaid Commercial's recruitment and training for the projects.