Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC, a natural cosmetics company with two beauty and skincare lines located in Tazewell County, will invest more than $2 million to establish a new manufacturing operation in the Oak Park Center for Business and Industry in Washington County. Virginia successfully competed against Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee for the project, which will create 37 new jobs.
Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC is a natural cosmetics company that operates two lines under the trade names of Chris Renee Cosmetics and 40 West Naturals. Chris Renee Cosmetics offers luxury bath and body skin care products. 40 West Naturals was developed to provide a natural bath and body line-up for the whole family, including natural soaps, body balms, body butters, lip balms, sea salt, and bug repellants.
“Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC is very appreciative of the opportunity to grow our business in Washington County,” said Garry Fuller, President and CEO of Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC. “While our initial site selection process considered other states, Virginia’s strategic location to major interstate networks and proximity to customer markets made it a winning choice.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Washington County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe approved a $115,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Washington County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $80,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, administered by VEDP.
“This is a great success story about a homegrown Virginia business that has experienced amazing growth and will expand with a new manufacturing operation,” said Gov. McAuliffe. “Helping businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector grow and create jobs is a key component of my administration’s efforts to diversify Virginia’s economy. We are thrilled that Chris Renee Cosmetics will stay and grow in the Commonwealth and help build a new Virginia economy.”