Emser Tile will invest $16.25 million to establish a new East Coast distribution center in CenterPoint Intermodal Center in the City of Suffolk, VA. The Los Angeles-based designer, marketer and producer of tile and natural stone also considered South Carolina for the project, which will create 98 new jobs.
“It is another tremendous testament to Virginia’s competitive advantages when a company like Emser Tile chooses the Commonwealth as its gateway to the East Coast market and the rest of the globe,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This new distribution location in the City of Suffolk will allow strategic access to customers and unrivaled logistics efficiency through the Port of Virginia. The Commonwealth’s distribution base remains strong and continues to grow, and we are proud to add Emser Tile to the roster as we diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”
“Emser Tile’s establishment of a distribution operation in the City of Suffolk is a wonderful testament to the superior assets Hampton Roads offers U.S.-based and international companies,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “This leading distributor will benefit from Virginia’s outstanding talent, strategic location, infrastructure, attractive corporate climate and quality of life. We look forward to seeing the company’s growth in Virginia.”
Emser Tile’s interior and exterior products for both residential and commercial projects include porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, metal, glass, quarry, decorative accents and mosaics, cut-to-size stone, setting materials, and custom-manufactured products made to customer specifications.
“Emser Tile is thrilled to be working with the City of Suffolk and Virginia,” said Emser Vice President of Marketing Bob Baldocchi. “This new facility represents a significant milestone in our long-term expansion and growth plans.”
Distribution Center Incentives
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance to secure the distribution center for Virginia. Gov. McAuliffe approved a $250,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Suffolk with the project. The company will receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, and funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“We are thrilled that Emser Tile selected Suffolk’s Centerpoint Intermodal Center as the location for their new East Coast distribution center,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson. “Emser Tile’s investment means more new jobs, and it illustrates that the Port of Virginia and Suffolk are proven assets along the Atlantic for companies to diversify their logistics operations. We are determined to assist companies interested in growing in Suffolk and look forward to Emser Tile’s continued success.”
“We are honored to work with Emser Tile, and serve as their global gateway,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “This is a great example of how, working together, The Port of Virginia, the City of Suffolk and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership find and facilitate opportunities to serve businesses, create jobs, and attract investment for our region and our state.”
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