The maker of high-performance plastic products will invest nearly $18 million in its new U.S. manufacturing operation

December 21, 2021

 RICHMOND, Va.—Starplast USA, a subsidiary of Israel-based Starplast, will invest approximately $17.7 million to develop a new manufacturing facility in Chesterfield. The company chose Virginia over Ohio and Pennsylvania for the project, which is expected to create 300 new jobs over five years, according to a release from the office of Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).

Starplast USA produces high-performance plastic products, such as plastic housewares, garden storage products, and toys.

“We are so pleased to see global manufacturers like Starplast USA planting their roots right here in Virginia,” said Governor Northam, in a statement. “Our strategic East Coast location, world-class port facilities, competitive operating costs, and robust manufacturing workforce make us a prime destination for international companies. We welcome a long partnership with Starplast USA and look forward to their future success.”

Starplast USA was founded in 2005 as a subsidiary of Starplast, a family-owned company established in 1958 and based in Israel. The company partners with customers to create  products that include drawer carts, laundry hampers and baskets, storage decorative bins and baskets, food storage containers, kitchen organization bins, garden deck boxes, and outdoor toys.

Starplast entered the global plastics market in the 1970s and, since 1976, has exported more than 90 percent of its production to Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. Starplast USA established its first manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas in 2018, allowing the company to respond optimally to the needs of major U.S. retailers.

“More than 400 advanced materials companies have chosen Virginia for its diverse ecosystem of suppliers, innovators, and customers and its business friendly climate, and we are excited to have Starplast USA join us here in the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, in a statement. “Starplast has a strong history in developing quality plastics products, and we thank the company for creating 300 new jobs in Chesterfield County.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Chesterfield County and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia, and will support Starplast USA’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The state-funded program supports employee recruitment and training activities by providing consultative services and funding to companies that are creating new jobs. It also supports economic development by reducing the human resource costs of new and expanding companies.

“Starplast chose Chesterfield County for its new manufacturing operation because the geographic location is very attractive, especially given its proximity to the East Coast and the Port of Virginia,” said Starplast Chief Executive Officer Danny Schwartz, in a statement. “Additionally, Virginia—and, in particular, the Richmond area—has a strong workforce with readily-available talent.”

“Greater Richmond welcomes Starplast to the region’s international business community of more than 220 facilities,” said Greater Richmond Partnership President and Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Wakefield, in a statement. “The company’s facility in Chesterfield—and first in Virginia—will help Starplast reach 45 percent of the U.S. population within one-day’s delivery.”

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