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Genesis Products, Inc. to expand former Appomattox River Manufacturing Company


RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Genesis Products, Inc. will invest $2.5 million to expand the former Appomattox River Manufacturing Company operation in Charlotte County. The company manufactures doors, cabinet parts, moldings and wood panels for pre-fabricated home, recreational vehicle, kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturing industry. The project will save 52 jobs and create 150 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Georgia and Mississippi for the project.

“Southern Virginia continues to grow its wood products industry cluster, and Genesis Products is a great fit,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Not only will an existing facility in Charlotte County be kept in operation, the company will also expand and add new employment opportunities.”

Founded in August 2002 and headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, Genesis Products’ primary customer base is focused on the RV, Mobile Home, kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturing industries. Genesis materials ship weekly to companies throughout the United States. With 140 employees and four core product lines, Genesis operates with a single mindset to service customers and to exceed expectations.


 

Commenting on the acquisition, CEO Jonathan Wenger said, "Genesis strives to maintain a very close relationship with our customers. As we continue to evaluate additional product lines to add to our core business, we always end up asking ourselves one key question—how can we do this better 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.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Charlotte County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $250,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Charlotte County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $300,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The company is eligible for rail access funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.

Genesis Products, Inc. | Contact: Jon Wenger | Phone: (574) 266-8292 | E-mail: jonw@genesisproductsinc.com


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