Valmiera Glass to open U.S. HQ in Dublin
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Valmiera Glass, a Latvia-based manufacturer of fiberglass products, will locate to Dublin, creating 150 jobs and investing $20 million within five years into its first U.S.-based headquarters and manufacturing facility.
Valmiera Glass will locate on 40 acres in an industrial park on I-16 in Dublin, according to a recent news release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED). The approximately 80,000-square-foot facility will manufacture fiberglass products for the North American market, heavily utilizing the Port of Savannah. Because its manufacturing process is highly automated, the newly created jobs will be well paid and will require well-trained candidates. Valmiera Glass will also take advantage Georgia’s workforce training program.
“The new manufacturing facility in the United States is a customer-oriented business development step,” said Andre Heinz Schwiontek, board member and vice president of Valmiera Glass Group. “Valmiera Glass Group sales increase in North America every year with 14 percent of the total turnover of the company exported directly to the United States and Canada. Now we will have the ability to efficiently reach our current customers and grow our customer base. This manufacturing facility will provide new opportunities and strengthen Valmiera Glass Group’s position in the global marketplace.”
“It is no surprise that Valmiera Glass would select Georgia for its first U.S. headquarters,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “This project represents the first substantial investment from the former Soviet Union, which underscores the fact that Georgia’s thriving automotive and aerospace industries are gaining attention in the international marketplace. Valmiera Glass will set the stage for other companies in that region to locate to Georgia.”
As a global partner to industries such as aerospace, oil and gas, automotive and others, Valmiera Glass offers a range of products including fiber production, processing and the coating of textile fiberglass structures.
“A highly educated workforce is critical for high-tech companies such as Valmiera Glass,” said GDED Commissioner Chris Carr. “Without question, Georgia’s advanced labor pool, combined with an interconnected transportation infrastructure and one of the fastest growing container ports in North America, the Port of Savannah, will provide the support that Valmiera Glass needs in order to better reach the North American market.”