Industry commits $6.5M to Staunton expansion

Story by Chris Graham

Carded Graphics is investing $6.5 million in its Staunton manufacturing facility in a move that will create 35 new jobs in the Queen City.

Gov. Tim Kaine announced the news today.

“Carded Graphics has been a strong corporate citizen in Staunton for 25 years,” Kaine said. “The company manufactures folding cartons for an impressive list of nationally recognized brands and has one of the most modern facilities in the industry. I am confident this expansion will continue to bolster Carded Graphics’ success.”

Virginia competed with North Carolina for the economic-development project.

Carded Graphics converts folding cartons, paper sheets and paper rolls into packaging products – and does commercial printing for the packaging industry.

The company also handles warehousing and distribution of packaging products.

The current 50,000-square-foot Carded Graphics facility opened in Green Hills in 1996.

“Staunton was chosen as the location of our business expansion for several reasons,” said Murry Pitts, the president and CEO of Carded Graphics. “We have been very pleased with the quality of the workforce in Staunton, and it’s all about workforce these days for manufacturers. The location at I-81 and I-64 is also a plus for distribution of our product. Finally, the funding and workforce training support from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and the City of Staunton has made my job easier and convinced me that Staunton was the right choice.”

“Carded Graphics has a quarter of a century history in Staunton, and it’s always a success for the city when we can help one of our long-time businesses grow in today’s economy,” Staunton mayor Lacy King said.

“This expansion in addition to our other recent expansions proves that the manufacturing sector still has a vital role in Staunton,” King said.

Chris Graham is the executive editor of The Augusta Free Press.


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