November 10, 2004

Ellen Qualls
(804) 786-2211, x2379

Jim Potthast
Merillat Industries, LLC
(517) 264-9370
Jill Vaughan
(804) 371-0049
-$7.3 million investment brings 60 new jobs to Southwest Virginia by fall 2005-

RICHMOND - Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that Merillat Corporation, a subsidiary of Masco Corporation and manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinets, will invest $7.3 million to expand its Smyth County facility. The expansion will add 60 new wood finishing and shipping jobs to its payroll.

The announcement comes on the heels of a September 3rd announcement of Merillat’s expansion in Culpeper County. The company operates four manufacturing facilities in Virginia – one in Culpeper County, one in Mt. Jackson in Shenandoah County, and two in Atkins in Smyth County.

“Merillat has found Virginia is a great place to do business – and to grow a business,” said Governor Warner. “I congratulate them on their successes and their commitment to expanding in Southwest Virginia.”

Headquartered in Adrian, Mich., Merillat Industries has provided quality cabinetry since 1946. Merillat sells cabinetry for the home in a wide range of styles and design options that offer new ways to organize and store items. With features like pull-out trays and durable protective finishes, Merillat cabinets also offer outstanding value. A Masco company since 1985, Merillat distributes its cabinets throughout North America.

Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Masco Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products as well as a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products.

“This expansion is necessary to support our sales growth, and the decision to add to our Virginia facilities was an easy one,” says Keith Allman, executive vice president of Merillat. “Our great relationship with the local work force, state and local agencies and the prime location in terms of proximity to our customers, make Virginia an ideal location to support our growth.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Smyth County assisted Merillat Corporation with its decision to expand in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training through its Workforce Services Program.

"Smyth County continues to benefit from the growth of our existing industry,” said Marvin R. Perry, Chairman of the Smyth County Board of Supervisors. “The near doubling of the Merillat panel plant and the creation of 60 new jobs provides further evidence that manufacturing is not declining in Smyth County. The Board of Supervisors of Smyth County appreciates what this company has meant and continues to mean to our local economy.”


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