Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that The WhiteWave Foods Company will invest $69.8 million to expand its operation in the town of Mount Crawford in Rockingham County.
In a press release, the Governor's office says Virginia competed against Texas for the project. They say this expansion represents another significant investment to add a new warehouse facility and machinery to expand production and meet increased market demands. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling joined business and government leaders in Mount Crawford today on the Governor's behalf to announce the project, which will create 36 new jobs. More than 400 people already work at the Mount Crawford plant
The Governor's office says the Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Rockingham County and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved an $800,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company's recruitment, training and retraining activities.
The Governor's office says WhiteWave Foods Company is a consumer packaged food and beverage company with leading brands in plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages and premium dairy products, . The plant currently manufactures Silk®, Horizon Organic®, International Delight® and LAND O LAKES® products.