FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2007

Kevin Hall
www.governor.virginia.gov
(804) 225-4260


Russ Cote
The Matrixx Group
(610) 220-9757
Christie Miller
VEDP
(804) 545-5805
GOVERNOR KAINE ANNOUNCES 40 NEW JOBS FOR BEDFORD REGION
-The Matrixx Group to invest $9.85 million in first Virginia facility-


RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that The Matrixx Group, a supplier of compounded products to the plastics industry, will invest $9.85 million to open its first Virginia facility in the Bedford Center for Business, an industrial park jointly developed by Bedford County and the City of Bedford. The company, which will manufacture thermoplastic compounds, will create 40 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and West Virginia for the project.

“The Matrixx Group is an excellent addition to Virginia,” said Governor Kaine. “Matrixx’s new facility in Bedford will conveniently serve the company’s customer base, enhancing the supply chain to the plastics industry in the Commonwealth.”

Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, The Matrixx Group is a privately held company. For more than 25 years, the company has been supplying the plastics industry with high quality compounded products. Today, with five manufacturing sites and a product portfolio featuring compounded grades of nylon, ABS, polycarbonate, PBT, PET, polypropylene, and polyethylene, The Matrixx Group offers one of the broadest capabilities around.

“The Matrixx Group site selection team researched a number of locations in the tri-state area,” said Russell Cote, General Manager, The Matrixx Group. “Workforce and community factors, logistics, development cost and operating cost were important selection criteria. The Bedford Center for Business site was identified early in the process, and presented a ‘ready to build’ setting that matched well with our need to fast track this project. The teamwork between our state and local economic development contacts was excellent, and we received professional support all the way. This allowed us to make a confident choice to locate in Virginia.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Bedford City and County and Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Kaine approved $175,000 from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Bedford with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $130,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The company also qualifies for rail access funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will support the project with training assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“We are excited to welcome The Matrixx Group as Bedford’s newest corporate citizen,” said City of Bedford Mayor Skip Tharpe. “Matrixx is an excellent match for our local economy and a strong endorsement of the proactive approach Bedford City and County share in economic development. We look forward to working with The Matrixx Group to establish and expand its Virginia operations.”

“We are extremely pleased that the partnership between Bedford County and the City of Bedford at the Bedford Center for Business has resulted in a valuable new addition to the area’s economy,” said Bedford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chuck Neudorfer. “This is the first plastics company we’ve had in the area, so it will not only grow the economy and enhance employment opportunities, but add healthy diversity as well.”

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