Fiberglass giant Jushi Group Co. Ltd. broke ground on its first plant in the United States on Dec. 8.
The first plant, which cost $300 million, will create 400 jobs and have 80,000 metric tons of annual capacity when it launches by 2018.
The project sits on a 197-acre lot and will include 861,112 square feet of building space.
State and local representatives attended the groundbreaking ceremony along with Jushi executives from the company's headquarters in China.
Zhang Yuqiang, chairman of China Fiberglass and president of the Jushi Group, said the project will employ the most cutting-edge technologies and equipment to build an “intelligent” facility. The company also strives to develop a green production process and create both economic and social benefits.
The U.S. is the largest overseas market for Jushi.