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MeadWestvaco opens Va. research facility

Thursday - 3/15/2012, 7:32am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Packaging company MeadWestvaco is celebrating the official opening of its pilot plant in suburban Richmond.

The Richmond-based company says the 48,000-square-foot facility will serve as the MeadWestvaco's home for packaging materials and technologies research and development.

Over the last year MeadWestvaco moved its Center for Packaging Innovation from Raleigh, N.C., to Virginia. The company says it has invested more than $13 million in infrastructure and equipment to establish the pilot plant in eastern Henrico County. The move also has resulted in about 115 jobs over two years.

The company operates in 30 countries and has customers in more than 100 nations. It has gone through a deliberate transformation over the last several years from a mill-centric paper supplier to global partner for brands like Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Walmart.

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