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Firm to expand operations, add 30 area jobs
Company announces plans to invest $35.2 million in Frederick County plant
By Alex Bridges - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER — A marketing and advertising firm will expand and add more jobs at its Frederick County plant.
Quebecor World Inc. plans to invest $35.2 million in its facility at 160 Century Lane in the Stonewall Industrial Park, according to a press release issued Thursday by the office of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. Quebecor will receive two new printing presses to increase production capability at the plant, the release states. The expansion will add 30 new positions to its existing 150 jobs.
“I think, clearly, that’s a stellar example of just how vibrant and resilient this economy is,” Patrick Barker, director of the Frederick County Economic Development Commission, said Thursday. “We talk it up all the time but when you see something of this magnitude occur, you know, it just kinda reinforces that whole statement.”
The pending expansion also shows the importance of high-tech manufacturing and how it serves as a foundation for the local economy, he said. The announcement also could be a sign of an improving economy.
“Anytime you can have something of a positive economic news in this type of economy, obviously it’s going to bear a lot of fruit going forward,” Barker said, adding later, “There’s been a lot of expansion that has been going on in this community kind of under the radar because there’s not governor’s funds attached to it or public announcements aren’t really desired but to see something like this happen, hopefully can give some confidence to the folks who are unemployed that this economy still is producing jobs of a very high stature and will continue to do such.”
The Virginia plant beat out company facilities in Pennsylvania and Tennessee in a competition for the project. Kaine met with senior management at Quebecor World during a marketing mission to Montreal in 2006, according to the press release. The firm is headquartered in Montreal.
“I think it’s a great compliment to just the manufacturing base here … and how Quebecor World can operate in this environment in a very productive fashion, and maybe in a better sense than their two competing facilities that we were up against,” Barker said.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Frederick County to secure the project for Virginia, the release states. Kaine approved a $300,000, performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies.
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training aid through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
Tony Ross, director of corporate communications for Quebecor World, said the expansion of Frederick County plant will be completed later this year.
Barker said the presses will give Quebecor World a “very competitive advantage in their industry” and that he and other officials “were very willing … to make sure that happened here.”
Quebecor World provides marketing and advertising to retailers, catalogers, branded-goods companies and other businesses, as well as full-service print solutions for publishers. The company runs facilities in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and has approximately 20,000 employees.
“We are very pleased to be able to partner with the state of Virginia in this endeavor,” Jacques Mallette, president and chief executive officer of Quebecor World, states in the release. “This new equipment is strategically located to serve our customers and ensure they receive the highest return on their marketing investment.”
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