FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 1999

Lila White
www.thedigitaldominion.com
(804) 692-3110


John Willard, Chairman & CEO
Process Integration Company
(203) 630-0550 Ext. 8345
Jill Lawrence
VEDP
(804) 371-0049
Governor Gilmore Announces 50 New Jobs for Russell County
--Process Integration invests $16 million in wheel polishing plant- -


Richmond - Governor Jim Gilmore today announced that Process Integration Company will locate a new $16 million manufacturing facility in Russell County. The company, which polishes and clear coats aluminum automotive wheels, will create 50 new jobs for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) suppliers including the neighboring Reynolds Wheels International facility in the Town of Lebanon. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia, Ohio and Nebraska for the investment.

"Process Integration's decision to locate in Russell reflects my commitment to Southwest Virginia," Governor Gilmore said. "The working relationship between Process Integration, Reynolds and other OEM customers will create valuable jobs for the region and enable both companies to become more competitive in their respective markets."

Headquartered in Meriden, Connecticut, Process Integration Company will polish 700,000 wheels per year in Phase One. The manufacturing operations will be housed in a locally funded shell building in the Cumberland Plateau Regional Industrial Park in Russell County. The world class plant will be the most automated facility of its kind, capable of high-luster finishing and clear coating aluminum automotive wheels to a quality unmatched anywhere in the world.

"We are pleased with the team approach displayed by the Governor's Office, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Russell County, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and Reynolds Metals for their vision and efforts in making this project a reality," said John Willard, Chairman and CEO of Process Integration Company. "This project will be a win-win for all team members.

"Virginia has once again captured the respect of an important automotive supplier," said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Barry E. DuVal. "We are fortunate that companies in this competitive industry recognize the Commonwealth's strengths as an automotive leader."

Governor Gilmore approved a grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund in the amount of $150,000 to assist Russell County with site acquisition and preparation. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, the Russell County Industrial Development Authority and the Town of Lebanon assisted the company with its decision. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide workforce training services and the Virginia Department of Transportation will contribute road access funding.

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