Chi­nese pa­per mill project ad­vances in Va.

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By PAUL WELITZKIN in New York paulwelitzkin@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

A Chi­nese com­pany’s planned $2 bil­lion, 850-acre pa­per mill in Vir­ginia took an­other step for­ward when a con­tract for de­sign ser­vices and per­mit ac­qui­si­tion was awarded.

The con­tract signed on Wednes­day with Ja­cobs En­gi­neer­ing Group Inc is for sup­port­ing per­mit ac­qui­si­tion and de­vel­op­ing the over­all site de­sign, which in­cludes pulp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, tis­sue mak­ing and fer­til­izer pro­duc­tion us­ing the pro­pri­etary tech­nol­ogy of Vastly, also known as Tran­lin Inc, the US sub­sidiary of Shan­dong Tran­lin Pa­per Co Ltd.

“It’s a com­plex project and as Ja­cobs lays out the de­sign for the site a ma­jor part of the work will in­volve all the en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits that will be re­quired,” John Stacey, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment at Vastly said.

In 2014, Shan­dong Tran­lin Pa­per said it would in­vest $2 bil­lion over five years to build its first US man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tion in Ch­ester­field County, which is about 20 miles from Rich­mond, the state cap­i­tal. The plant is ex­pected to gen­er­ate 2,000 new jobs by 2020. It is the largest Chi­nese in­vest­ment and job-cre­ation project in Vir­ginia. The com­pany broke ground on the plant’s site along the James River in 2015.

“We are within the sched­ule to be­gin full op­er­a­tions by 2020,” said Stacey.

The plant is ex­pected to be­gin lim­ited pro­duc­tion of bath­room tis­sues, pa­per tow­els and nap­kins in 2018 by im­port­ing rolls of pa­per from China. “In 2020 ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing the rolls of pa­per will be made in Amer­ica with Amer­i­can ma­te­ri­als,” Stacey said.

“This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for our global con­sumer prod­ucts busi­ness. We have a long his­tory of as­sist­ing our clients in growth and ex­pan­sion in global man­u­fac­tur­ing. We look for­ward to forg­ing a strong, on­go­ing part­ner­ship with Vastly as we work to­gether to de­velop this state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity,” Bob Pra­gada, pres­i­dent of Ja­cobs In­dus­trial Line of Busi­ness, said in a state­ment.

Stacey said Tran­lin has de­cided to use the Vastly name to rep­re­sent the brand in the US.

“The se­lec­tion of Vastly was made af­ter de­tailed mar­ket re­search and col­lab­o­ra­tion with a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized brand­ing firm,” con­tin­ued Stacey. “The re­search in­di­cated that of­ten Amer­i­cans as­so­ci­ated the name, Tran­lin, with a trans­porta­tion or lan­guage trans­la­tion com­pany. Given the mas­sive scale and many facets of the man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions, mul­ti­ple prod­uct lines and our earth restora­tion ef­forts we wanted a big name with vir­tu­ally end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

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