Manufacturing company expanding in Chatham: investing $1 million, adding 15 new jobs


PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. (WSET) -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that a local company is investing $1 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County.

Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc. (EPM), a custom plywood manufacturer, will move to a 55,000 square foot facility in the Chatham Industrial Park to accommodate future growth and create 15 new jobs.

“The manufacturing industry is booming across the Commonwealth and in Southern Virginia, and it is exciting to see this growth positively impacting businesses of all sizes,” said Governor Northam. “Manufacturers like Eastern Panel that continue to invest in Virginia demonstrate the advantages of our favorable operating costs, strategic location, a superior transportation network, and strong talent pool. We congratulate EPM on its success in Pittsylvania County and are proud to have the company on the Commonwealth’s corporate roster as we continue to diversify Virginia’s economy.”

EPM laminates and machines decorative wood veneers and high-pressure laminates to a wide variety of core materials.

They also specialize in supplying office, residential, and contract furniture manufacturers with quality cut-to-size or sheet stock plywood to clients' specifications and services the architectural millwork industry, along with cabinetmaking clients.

“Eastern Panel is an important employer and corporate partner in Pittsylvania County, and this new investment and expansion are testaments to the company’s commitment to the region and the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Esther Lee. “Virginia’s skilled manufacturing workforce has grown to nearly a quarter of a million employees, and this quality talent ensures that advanced manufacturing companies continue to thrive and contribute to the growth of this important sector.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Pittsylvania County to secure the project for Virginia.

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $30,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.

“Eastern Panel Manufacturing Inc. has enjoyed the advantage of operating in Chatham for well over 20 years,” said Keith Van Asch, President, Eastern Panel Manufacturing. “During those years, Chatham has proven to be an excellent place to conduct business and offers us all the support we need to operate efficiently. The combination of our experienced local workforce, along with being centrally located to our customer base and vendors, produce a natural fit to remain in Pittsylvania County. As our company’s offerings continue to transform and broaden, the acquisition of this facility provides us with greater flexibility to expand on future opportunities.”

“Pittsylvania County has been very fortunate to have Eastern Panel Manufacturing as an integral member of our thriving business community, and we are so pleased that they have chosen to expand their operations here,” said Robert “Bob” Warren III, Chairman, Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. “We are thankful for their continued commitment to the county and to the economic growth of our region, and we are proud to have them in our growing business family. The Board offers our warm congratulations to Eastern Panel on the acquisition of their new building in the Chatham Industrial Park, and we wish them great success as they move into this new and exciting phase of the company’s future. We very much look forward to continuing our partnership with them as they grow and prosper here in Pittsylvania County.”


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