RICHMOND, Va., June 18 China's Shandong Tranlin
Paper Co Ltd will invest $2 billion in a paper and fertilizer
plant in Virginia that will be China's largest greenfield
project in the United States, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
said on Wednesday.
Shandong Tranlin will make the investment over five years in
Chesterfield County, near Richmond. The project will create
2,000 new jobs by 2020, McAuliffe said in a statement.
"Advanced manufacturing jobs are the heart of a strong and
growing 21st century economy, and this investment symbolizes the
economic recovery taking place across the nation," McAuliffe, a
Democrat, said in a statement.
The Virginia plant will use straw and corn stalks and other
fibers to produce paper and fertilizers, and will be the
company's first advanced manufacturing operation in the United
Shandong Tranlin is based in Liaocheng, China, and is
centered on the pulp and paper industry. It produces annually
400,000 tons of refined pulp, 700,000 tons of machine-made
paper, 400,000 tons of organic fertilizers and 2.4 billion food
and medical packaging boxes, the statement said.
Virginia beat out several states for the project, it said.
(Reporting by Gary Robertson; Editing by Ian Simpson and Jim