12/20/18 McAirlaid’s Inc., To Expand Manufacturing Facility In Franklin County

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

McAirlaid’s, Inc., to Expand Manufacturing Facility

Richmond, VA – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that McAirlaid’s, Inc., will expand their manufacturing facility in Franklin County. The project is expected to create 25 new jobs and $7.8 million in capital investment. McAirlaid’s currently has 128 employees at its Franklin County location. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is supporting this project with a $60,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant as well as a $60,000 loan.

Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball said, “McAirlaid’s, Inc.’s decision to expand its facility in Franklin County is a strong vote of confidence in the Commonwealth. Industry-leading manufacturers from around the world are drawn to the Roanoke Region for its low operating costs and strategic access to national and international markets. We thank McAirlaid’s for its investment and commitment to Franklin County and Virginia.”

Tobacco Commission member, Senator Bill Stanley added, “Helping existing businesses, like McAirlaid’s, expand is an important part of developing a diverse and vibrant economy in Southside Virginia. I am pleased that the Tobacco Commission chose to support this project and wish McAirlaid’s the best as it adds to its workforce here in Franklin County.”

Founded in 1997, McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe GmbH is a global producer and distributor of the world’s first nonwoven airlaid, SuperCore, which is produced without any glue, binders, recycled materials or latex. The company’s absorbent airlaid is used in a variety of food packaging, retail, medical, personal hygiene, and filtration applications. McAirlaid’s, Inc., the company’s first and only U.S. manufacturing operation, currently employs 128 workers at the Rocky Mount facility in Franklin County.

President of McAirlaid’s, Inc., Paul Maksimow said, “Since establishing our U.S. plant in 2006, we have expanded our absorbent solutions and manufacturing capabilities. Thanks to continued state and county support, we are able to expand our capacity and capabilities in Virginia for the protein and fruit packaging markets. Our newest expansion further strengthens our commitment to being a Made In The USA manufacturer while supporting local jobs in Rocky Mount.”

Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Cline Brubaker added, “Franklin County is proud to finish 2018 with its fourth major business announcement of the year. Since locating its North American headquarters in our community, McAirlaid’s has played a central role in the health of our economic base, providing high-quality jobs to Franklin County citizens. This expansion once again proves the area’s ability to foster long-term growth for outstanding industries that decide to locate here. The county is grateful to McAirlaid’s for its continued commitment to growing in our community.”

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia. Helping existing businesses, like McAirlaid’s, expand and bring new jobs to the areas we serve is an important part of this mission.



Contact: Jordan Butler
Telephone: 804-786-7692
Cell: 757-692-0878
Email: jbutler@revitalizeva.org
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