March 7, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe announces Green Applications LLC, one of the largest printers and distributors of textile merchandise and heat applied graphics on the East Coast, will invest $9.75 million to establish its first Virginia operation in the Town of Gordonsville in Orange County.
The company would bring 323 new jobs to the town of Gordonsville and would screen print, produce and distribute graphic art on clothing.
“We are thrilled,” says Bob Coiner, mayor of Gordonsville. “When this facility closed it was 120 something jobs and to replace it with 300 and something are good numbers.”
Speaking in Gordonsville at Friday’s announcement, Gov. McAuliffe said, “The investment in Gordonsville is a testament to the superior workforce in Orange County and the return of a formerly-vacant building, which used to employ more than 100 people, to productive use is a symbol of economic revitalization in the region. My top priority as governor is to grow and diversify the economy and attract innovative companies to the Commonwealth, and the creation of over 300 new jobs with this investment marks significant progress toward ensuring our economy remains competitive in the 21st Century.”
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, Green has grown to employ over 450 employees delivering creative and manufacturing artistry to the screen printing industry.
“Virginia makes so much since,” says Robert Butters, president of Green Applications. “It's beautifully located, great with labor force and this building was perfect.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Orange County, the Town of Gordonsville and the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $540,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Orange County and Gordonsville with the project.
“The idea that we could come here and have a vacant building that was closed down three years ago and 130 jobs were lost and to be here today to say that it will reopened, it's terrific,” says Gov. McAuliffe. “It shows momentum, it's what we need to be doing bringing in new diverse businesses.”
Green Applications is currently hiring for positions within the company and is expected to begin production by the end of the summer.
For more information on the company, click on the link under the picture.