IR Engraving to expand operations in Henrico

IR Engraving, a leader in designing and building engraved rolls and plates, gravure rolls and custom machinery, will invest $850,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Henrico County to meet increased demand, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the company announced May 10. The project also will create 22 new jobs.

“We are excited at the opportunities available since we acquired the business from Standex last summer, returning the company to its privately-held roots,” said IR Engraving President Matthew Pursel. "Now, as an entrepreneurial business with 100 employees (and over 1,100 years of combined engraving experience), we are once again poised to aggressively grow with our customers. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Commonwealth of Virginia and County of Henrico to expand our operations and add job opportunities for the surrounding community."

In addition to its strong presence in the engraved and gravure roll markets, IR Engraving also is considered a leader in digital engraving technology, providing customized texturing solutions for every application by shortening the supply chain for global original equipment manufacturers as a single-source texturing supplier. With the right surface finish, the company provides consumer products a competitive advantage. IR Engravings’ established manufacturing operations and design studios provide uniform engravings for countless applications.

“IR Engraving is just the latest manufacturing operation that is benefiting from Virginia’s strong workforce and thriving business climate,” McAuliffe said. “This expansion will create jobs and opportunity for hard working Virginians and enhance our Commonwealth’s global reputation as a great home for manufacturing operations like this one. We celebrate IR Engraving’s success and look forward to working with this great company as we build a new Virginia economy.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support IR Engraving’s new job creation through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program. VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities.

As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies.

“IR Engraving’s 70 years in Henrico County is a testament to the type of pro-business climate that we have created in Henrico,” said Pat O’Bannon, chairman of the Henrico Board of Supervisors. “IR Engraving’s global reach and many different industry applications has allowed them to continue to grow and expand their presence. We look forward to their continued success in the county.”

Said Delegate Lamont Bagby (D-74th Virginia House District): "I am extremely pleased that IR Engraving chose Henrico County and the 74th House district for its planned expansion. Henrico County is rapidly becoming a top destination for the manufacturing industry. IR Engraving’s decision to invest and expand its operating capacity in our county speaks volumes to the support Henrico County and the Commonwealth provides in our efforts to strengthen Virginia’s economy.”
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September 2017

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