29 Jul 2014
Governor Nathan Deal announced that Valmiera Glass, a Latvia-based manufacturer of fiberglass products, will locate in Dublin, creating 150 jobs and investing $20 million within five years into its first U.S.-based headquarters and manufacturing facility.
“This project represents the first substantial investment form the former Soviet Union, which underscores the fact that Georgia’s thriving automotive and aerospace industries and gaining attention in the international marketplace,” said Deal. “Valmiera Glass will set the stage for other companies in that region to locate in Georgia.”
Valmiera Glass will locate on 40 acres in an industrial park on I-16 in Dublin. 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 of QuickStart, Georgia’s top-ranked workforce training program.
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Nico Wijnberg assisted the company on behalf of Georgia, along with GDEcD European Office Managing Director Antje Abshoff and Lonnie Smallwood, project manager at Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG).