Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. Establishes First U.S. Manufacturing Operation in Virginia

Company Announces $2 Billion Investment and 2,000 New Jobs

Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. announced plans to invest $2 billion and create 2,000 new jobs by 2020 to establish its first U.S. pulp and paper manufacturing operation, Tranlin Inc., in Chesterfield County, Va. This represents the largest Chinese economic development project in Virginia’s history and the largest Chinese greenfield economic development project in the U.S.

The project moved quickly over 11 months, which required teamwork across administrations, agencies and corporate partners. In the summer of 2013, Tranlin Chairman and CEO Jerry Peng reached out to then-Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, as both served on the board of UVA’s Darden School of Business. Although the company was initially looking at California, Secretary Cheng contacted VEDP to seize the opportunity and put together a team to market Virginia’s world-class business environment to the company.

The Virginia team approach, including the Governor and multiple state and local agenices, proved successful. The partnership was commemorated at a state level through the signing of a Memorandum of Exchanges and Co-operation between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Liaocheng City of Shandong China in the fall of 2013.

Tranlin selected an 850-acre site at the James River Industrial Center in Chesterfield County. The location matched the company’s size requirements, and offered infrastructure advantages, such as a barge dock facility onsite, close proximity to one of Dominion’s largest power-producing plants, easy access to I-95 for the transportation of raw materials and finished goods, as well as proximity to a robust advanced manufacturing workforce.

Tranlin’s environmentally-friendly, cutting-edge technology is a strong match with Virginia’s innovative business environment. The company manufactures tree-free, non-chlorine bleached paper products from 100 percent recycled materials. It uses agricultural waste products, such as the outside stalk and leaves of wheat and corn, to make tissues, napkins, toilet paper, food and medical wrapping products, and food and medical containers. Tranlin also extracts nutrients from inside the stalk, known as "black liquor," to make organic fertilizer sold to specialty and organic farmers.

The economic benefits of this project will be felt throughout Virginia's thriving agricultural industry. Tranlin will provide an opportunity for Virginia farmers to sell their agricultural residuals in a lucrative new market, and will increase demand for new equipment and jobs throughout the supply chain.

Tranlin exemplifies the growing relationship between Virginia and China. Virginia has seen a resurgence in advanced manufacturing jobs as Chinese companies have chosen the Commonwealth as their location to enter the U.S. market. China is also Virginia's second largest export destination.

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