Ariake Investing in $17 Million in Harrisonburg of the Shenandoah Valley
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Original Article can be read at augustafreepress.com
HARRISONBURG, VA | Ariake U.S.A., Inc., an international food processing leader, will invest $17 million to expand its manufacturing operation by 20,000 square feet at its headquarters in Harrisonburg, VA. The company has already expanded its facility several times over the past 27 years.
“Ariake U.S.A.’s third expansion at its Harrisonburg facility is a powerful testament to Virginia’s thriving food manufacturing industry, which has generated $2.2 billion in capital investment and more than 7,500 jobs in the past decade,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Harrisonburg to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $75,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City with the project. Virginia successfully competed against Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin for the project, which will create 22 new jobs.
“We are excited about this new plant expansion and the opportunity to strengthen and grow our partnerships with businesses and employees here in the Shenandoah Valley” said Atsushi Moribayashi, Ariake’s Director of Production.
“The Shenandoah Valley is consistently recognized as a leader in the food manufacturing industry, thanks to its outstanding workforce, business friendly climate, and accessibility to the Port of Virginia and major interstates." said Governor McAuliffe. "Ariake has demonstrated their value time and again as a contributor to this booming region and to our efforts to diversify and build the new Virginia economy.”