Laminating Firm To Expand Va. Operations

Commonwealth Laminating & Coating will invest $5.45 million in its second expansion in less than a year, creating 60 jobs.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) β€” Commonwealth Laminating & Coating is planning to expand its Henry County operations for the second time in less than a year, creating 60 jobs.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said Wednesday that the company that makes solar-control window films and high-performance coatings will invest $5.45 million in the expansion.

Officials say the expansion will provide warehouse and office space, establish a distribution center and create a facility for anticipated future factory expansions.

The announcement is welcome news as the region rebounds from the recent closing of the MasterBrand Cabinets plant, which put 335 people out of work.

McDonnell approved a $175,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $325,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.

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