Toray Plastics to expand Warren County facility

Toray Plastics (America) Inc., a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Toray Industries Inc. has announced it will invest $45 million to expand its Warren County facility.

As a result of the investment, which will be used for adding extrusion capabilities and a new production line in an effort to keep up with growing demand, 30 jobs will be created at the facility located at 500 Toray Drive.

Toray Plastics President and CEO Michael Brandmeier said the increased demand for their products is a result of the automobile industry’s recovery.

“We’ve been able to develop several new products that those companies are using in automobiles,  specifically in the SUVs,” Brandmeier said. “As the automotive business has expanded, we’ve expanded with them.”

Toray manufactures plastic automotive interior trim components are seen frequently in cars and SUVs as well as high-performance films, synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Toray’s annual sales exceed $19 billion and the company has operated in Warren County since 1997.

Brandmeier also said that all 30 of the jobs created will be full time and those interested in applying don’t need to possess any special skills or education.

“We’re looking for people with a good work ethic who want to be aligned with a good company,” he said.

He went on to explain that the tasks that new employees will be charged with involve the foam-making process, during which an extruded sheet of plastic is submerged in a molten salt bath, creating part of the materials used in the car interior panels.

The expansion project was secured for the state with the help of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Warren County according to a news release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office.

Patty Wines is the chairwoman for the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority.

“We’re happy any time we get an expansion,” she said. “We’re hoping for more.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com