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 Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The Dec. 15 announcement stated Rubbermaid Commercial also will retrofit an existing 454,000-square-foot building in nearby Frederick County 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 Virginia Inland Port 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 Frederick County. 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.
Winchester's floor space will grow by 60,000 square feet when the expansion is done by late 2012. The new distribution center will open a few months after Winchester's expansion is done.