(WJHL) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday morning that a natural cosmetics company will invest more than $2 million to build a new manufacturing operation in the Oak Park Center in Washington County, VA.
Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC, currently has two beauty and skincare lines in Tazewell County, VA. under two trade names. Chris Reee offers luxury bath and body skincare products while 40 West Naturals offers a natural bath and body line-up for the whole family, including natural soaps, body balms, body butters, lip balms, sea salt, and bug repellants.
“This is a great success story about a homegrown Virginia business that has experienced amazing growth and will expand with a new manufacturing operation. Helping businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector grow and create jobs is a key component of my administration’s efforts to diversify Virginia’s economy,” Governor McAuliffe said.
Washington County, according to a release, competed against Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee for the project.
“Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC is very appreciative of the opportunity to grow our business in Washington County,” said Garry Fuller, President and CEO of Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC. “While our initial site selection process considered other states, Virginia’s strategic location to major interstate networks and proximity to customer markets made it a winning choice.”
The new venture will create 37 jobs in Washington County.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Washington County to secure the project for Virginia.
Senator Bill Carrico, a member of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission said, “The Tobacco Commission’s $80,000 investment in this project helps bring 37 new jobs and more than $2 million in capital investment to Southwest Virginia. This is yet another example of the private and public sectors working together to give Virginians more opportunities to thrive in all corners of the Commonwealth.”
Governor McAuliffe approved a $115,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Washington County with the project.