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Ronald Mark Associates will invest $13.5 million and create 29 jobs in Tazewell County

RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that Ronald Mark Associates, Inc. (RMA), a leader in custom resin and vinyl fabric formulations and technical services, will invest $13.5 million to establish a manufacturing in Tazewell County. The company will occupy the former facilities of Komatsu Mining Corp. at 1081 Hockman Pike in Bluefield. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 29 new jobs.

“Ronald Mark Associates’ decision to establish a manufacturing facility in Tazewell County is a testament to the many advantages of Southwest Virginia, including competitive operating costs and a skilled workforce,” said Governor Youngkin. “We are thrilled that the company is revitalizing a vacant facility and creating 29 new jobs for the hardworking citizens of this region. It’s an honor to add another manufacturer to the extensive Commonwealth roster, and we look forward to RMA’s future success.

“We welcome Ronald Mark Associates to Tazewell County and the Commonwealth, and look forward to building a successful partnership,” said Secretary of Commerce and Commerce Caren Merrick. “Manufacturing is the cornerstone of a healthy economy, and Virginia’s thriving industrial base, exceptional logistics advantages, and strong workforce will position RMA for success in the years to come.”

“Ronald Mark Associates has chosen the state of Virginia to expand its advanced fabric coating business. Tazewell County’s progressive talent is a great place to start, design and produce infrastructure fabrics and technical textiles for our customers Ronald Mark,” said RMA President Michael Satz. “I thank the Virginia Department of Economic Development as well as the Tazewell County officials who worked with us on this project. We look forward to a prosperous future in the great state of Virginia.

“We, the people of the Eastern District, are pleased to welcome Ronald Mark Associates to the former Komatsu building in Bluefield, Virginia,” said Charlie Stacy, Board of Supervisors for Tazewell County, Eastern District. “Tazewell County’s first meeting with these individuals was exciting and we appreciate that they view Tazewell County as the location of their most recent business expansion. We are excited to add these job prospects to the list of high paying jobs available to people living in both Bluefields and Tazewell and Mercer counties. Any time one of our vacant “coal related” buildings is reallocated to another industry not directly related to the coal industry, it’s a good day for our community. I personally want to thank the owners, Leslie and Michael Satz, for their willingness to settle here in Tazewell County. I also want to thank Governor Youngkin and all of the state agencies involved who helped the Satz make this project possible.

“On behalf of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, I would like to congratulate Ronald Mark Associates and Tazewell County on the company’s selection of the building formerly occupied by Komatsu in Bluefield for this project. said Jonathan Belcher, executive director and general counsel, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. “This will add to the established base of manufacturers in Tazewell County and area and provide good jobs for area citizens.”

“Tazewell County, with the partnership of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, continues to attract well-paying manufacturing jobs,” said Senator Travis Hackworth. “It reminds us how important it is to diversify our economy. I have spoken with the management team at Ronald Mark Associates, and I know they will be a great fit for our community. I applaud everyone involved in this excellent investment in our region.

“This is great news for Tazewell County and Southwestern Virginia. We are grateful to RMA for committing to establishing operations at the former Kamatsu facility,” said delegate James W. “Will” Morefield. “Tazewell County and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority have worked diligently to secure a new tenant since the official closure of the Komatsu operation in Bluefield. Today’s announcement is another example of how local and state officials can work together and ensure our region has every opportunity to grow and prosper.

Based in Hillside, New Jersey, Ronald Mark Associates has been marketing, distributing and packaging PVC resin since 1971 and manufacturing vinyl films and technical textiles since 1979. RMA has also positioned itself as an innovative and streamlined manufacturer in the market for membranes for flat roofs. as infrastructure-critical proprietary fabrics.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Tazewell County and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Youngkin approved a $116,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Tazewell County with the project. Ronald Mark Associates is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

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