Genesis Products expands into VA, creates 150 new jobs 
 Genesis Products offers laminated, wrapped & wood
components. Photo: Genesis Products

RICHMOND, VA —

Components manufacturer Genesis Products announced it will invest $2.5 million to expand its operation into Charlotte County, VA, following its acquisition of the former Appomattox River Manufacturing Co.  

The move is said to create 150 new jobs and save 52 existing jobs in the area.

In a statement yesterday, Genesis Products CEO Jonathan Wenger said, "We're really excited to begin this expansion into Virginia and partner with Appomattox. Their team really knows what they are doing so we're eager to continue to add value to an already successful company."

Formed in 2002, Elkhart, IN-based Genesis Products produces wood, laminated and profile wrapped products, including cabinet and interior doors, cabinet parts, mouldings and wood panels primarily for use in the pre-fabricated home and RV industries. Genesis also offers the litegreen line of ecological, lightweight cabinet and door products. The company utilizes 265,000 square feet of manufacturing space at its Elkhart and Goshen, IN, plants and currently employs approximately 140 people.

According to the Virginia governor’s office, the project will receive $300,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and $250,000 from the Governor's Opportunity Fund. Genesis is also eligible for additional monies, including rail access funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) will be providing funding and services to support Genesis’ recruitment and training activities.

In a statement made yesterday, Gov. Bob McDonnell said, "I warmly welcome Genesis Products to Charlotte County and Virginia. The prior relationship between these two companies led Genesis Products to purchase Appomattox River Manufacturing Co. and expand operations. Both companies manufacture similar products, so the existing facility meets all of Genesis' infrastructure needs. Not only does the rebounding region gain 150 new jobs, 52 valuable jobs are saved. "

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