HENRICO, VIRGINIA – Polykon Manufacturing, LLC – a joint venture between international firms Seppic, Inc., and Schülke, Inc. – broke ground Wednesday on a new $60 million manufacturing facility in Henrico County. The 55,000-square-foot facility is expected to bring approximately 50 new jobs to the area. Construction is slated to be complete in mid 2018.
Seppic and Schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare.
Polykon will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries at the new facility in Henrico‘s White Oak Technology Park.
Approximately 45 individuals attended the groundbreaking event, including Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas and Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore, both of whom made formal remarks during the ceremony.
“About 80 percent of our customers are located in the Northeast, so it helps us to have a manufacturing plant in Virginia,” said Bertrand Masselot, Managing Director of Schülke, noting that the quality of roads and the proximity of the site to the airport, state highways and the company’s business entities make the site irresistible.
During his opening remarks, Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas said, “This effort would not be possible without the good work of our Economic Authority and the Virginia Commonwealth Development Partnership. These advanced manufacturing projects are important … because they create opportunities for construction, for engineers, for vendors, for suppliers and other supporting services in Virginia. The economic investment and jobs created will continue to advance the White Oak Technology Park as a Class A business environment for the Commonwealth and the County.”
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Polykon is a joint venture between Seppic, Inc., and Schülke, Inc. – entities of Air Liquide Healthcare. Seppic designs and supplies a wide range of specialty ingredients for the health care and beauty industries. Present in more than 100 countries, the company employs over 600 people worldwide. Schülke, Inc., designs and supplies antiseptics and disinfectants for medical environments and preservatives for the personal care industry. The firm employs over 900 people worldwide.
About Air Liquide
A world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries, with more than 50,000 employees, and serves more than two million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.
About the Henrico County Economic Development Authority
The Henrico County Economic Development Authority (EDA) was created in 1968 and is the business ambassador to Henrico County. Working closely with the Henrico Board of Supervisors and administration, the EDA focuses its efforts on attracting capital investment and well-paying jobs to the county so that the tax revenues generated will provide area citizens with superior government services and infrastructure. Through its constant efforts, the organization seeks to improve Henrico's well-being and the community's quality of life.