Two companies adding 100+ new jobs to Dover
DOVER, Del. – More than one hundred new jobs are coming to the Dover area thanks to two new businesses that are moving into the city. A 173,000 square foot building, at 1886 Lynnbury Woods Road, is now the home to the companies National Vinyl Products and USA Fulfillment Services.
Officials say National Vinyl Products, which makes PVC fence as well as rail products, will take up the majority of the building. They will be hiring 80 workers as equipment operators, quality control and plant / equipment maintenance personnel.
USA Fulfillment Services, a Chestertown, Maryland-based logistics company, is leasing space at the building and will use it for warehousing. They will employ an additional 30 to 40 workers.
Officials with the Kent Economic Partnership say they’re excited to add these companies to the city’s other manufacturers. “There aren’t that many vacant industrial buildings with rail access in the Northeast. So we were really happy that we could repurpose that building,” says Linda Parkowski, the Kent Economic Partnership Executive Director.
Parkowski says the companies should start hiring this fall and they should be up and running fully by January.
The building, which was formerly occupied by PPG, has been vacant since 2019 when the company closed its paint factory there.
“NVP considered several other locations, including one in Maryland,” says Parkowski. “It was all-hands on deck and everyone we turned to for help in making this project happen was there when we needed them. From the Governor, who reached out to National Vinyl Products, to the Division of Small Business who found USA Fulfillment as a tenant, to the Council on Development Finance which approved a bond and grants and Kent County Levy Court which provided additional funding, it was a team effort.”
At its meeting in June, the Council on Development Finance recommended the issuance of a bond of up to $10 million to help finance the cost of acquiring the building and purchasing manufacturing equipment. CDF also recommended $268,823 in grants for the project. Kent County Levy Court will provide a $75,000 grant and a 10-year tax abatement for the project.
“This project will return key manufacturing jobs to the area,” says Kent County Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta. “Kent County is already home to a strong manufacturing base with a skilled workforce and companies such as Procter & Gamble, Kraft Heinz and Edgewell Personal Care, so we feel confident Duratech, Shoreline and USA Fulfillment will find this new location a great place to do business.”
“Kent County was well positioned to compete for and win this opportunity,” says Damian DeStefano, chair of the Delaware Economic Development Authority. “The Kent Economic Partnership has done a great job of effectively framing the benefits the county offers to a diverse array of businesses. The team at the Division of Small Business looks forward to helping attract more projects in the future.”
“We feel we made the right choice in selecting Kent County for our new location,” said Zack Clark, NVP’s chief operating officer. “We were looking for a community with an experienced manufacturing workforce and we found that in Kent County.”
“This location works well for us, too,” says Jay Stamerro, USA Fulfillment general manager. “Kent County is close to many of the markets we serve so it’s a great place for a warehouse and fulfillment center.”