Latvia-based Valmiera Glass cuts ribbon on Dublin facility

Latvia-based Valmiera Glass Group cut the ribbon on its North American headquarters in Dublin on Thursday.

The new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will bring 150 new jobs to Laurens County and a capital investment of $20 million over the next five years, officials have said. Valmiera will make fiberglass parts used in the oil and auto industries.

Latvian ambassador Andris Razans and Janis Baiks, the mayor of Valmiera, Latvia, joined elected leaders and members of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority at the ribbon cutting and dedication, according to a news release.

“Valmiera Glass Group sales increase in North America every year with 14 percent of the total turnover of the company exported directly to the United States and Canada,” Andre Heinz Schwiontek, of Valmiera Glass Group, said.

“Now we will have the ability to efficiently reach our current customers and grow our customer base. This manufacturing facility will provide new opportunities and strengthen Valmiera Glass Group’s position in the global marketplace.”

Evans Construction served as the company’s general contractor along with Laurens County, which contributed the site work. The factory is on 40 acres in the industrial park at Interstate 16’s exit 49, the junction with Ga. 257.

“Today was a wonderful day for this community,” Fred Williams, chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, said. “Valmiera has made good on all of their commitments to this community, and they have already proven to be a great corporate citizen.”

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.