FRANKLIN, Va. — Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam on Tuesday announced that Traditional Medicinals, the leading seller of wellness tea in the United States, will invest $29.7 million to establish an East Coast herbal tea manufacturing and processing operation in Franklin County.
The facility will be added to the Summit View Business Park. Virginia competed with North Carolina for the project.
The company will build a state-of-the-art, 125,000-square-foot facility to increase production and market share.
“Traditional Medicinals is committed to strengthening rural communities and being good for the planet, and I welcome them to our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “Traditional Medicinals’ decision to locate its East Coast operation in Virginia is a strong reflection of our business-friendly environment, our infrastructure, and our work to support emerging food and beverage processing markets.”
The project was made possible through the partnership between the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Franklin County and the Roanoke Regional Partnership.
Governor Northam said he approved a $350,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Franklin County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission also approved a grant for $245,000 from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund for the project.
The company is also eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program.
The new 56 jobs the facility will create will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program.
“Traditional Medicinals is a world-class company, and Franklin County is extremely excited for them to join our business community and the growing list of firms that call the Summit View Business Park home,” said Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Leland Mitchell.