(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
March 11, 2013 
Governor McDonnell Announces $96.2 Million Investment in City of
Unilever to expand and upgrade its Lipton Tea manufacturing
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Unilever,
one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, will invest
$96.2 million to expand and upgrade its Lipton Tea manufacturing
plant in the City of Suffolk. This investment enables facility
upgrades and the purchase of new production machinery for the
largest tea processing facility in the United States. Virginia
successfully competed against Kentucky, North Carolina and South
Carolina for the project. 
Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor
McDonnell said, “An investment of this caliber secures the
future viability of Unilever’s Lipton plant in Suffolk, which
has been in operation since 1955 and produces nearly all of the
Lipton tea bags sold throughout North America. As the largest
tea production facility in the U.S., this operation is crucial
to the prosperity of the company and employs nearly 300 in
Hampton Roads. This expansion and machinery upgrade ensures the
continued success of the Lipton plant for years to come, and is
a major win for Virginia and Suffolk.” 
“Lipton has thrived in Suffolk for nearly 60 years,
enjoying a business climate, workforce and infrastructure second
to none,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and
Trade. “The Suffolk plant’s proximity to the Port of Virginia
influenced the location decision for this investment, as the
company imports loose tea through the port from various
countries. We are proud that nearly all of Lipton teas are
produced from the Commonwealth, and this equipment upgrade will
allow the company to increase production and stay competitive.” 
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the
City of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads Economic Development
Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell
approved a $1 million performance-based grant from the Virginia
Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to
existing Virginia companies. 
“Lipton has been a part of Suffolk for 58 years, and
I am absolutely thrilled and overflowing with pride that
Unilever and Lipton will reinvest in Suffolk and remain a vital
member of our community,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson.
“Unilever is a global leader in the food, home and personal care
products industry with facilities and resources all over the
world.  Their decision to stay and reinvest in this facility is
a testament to our commitment to keep Virginia and Suffolk an
inviting location for business investment and expansion.” 
“Unilever is enormously proud of the heritage of
Lipton, its employees in Suffolk and the wide range of quality
teas we produce at this historic factory,” said Kees Kruythoff,
President of Unilever North America.  “We are grateful for the
support of Governor McDonnell, Mayor Johnson, Secretary Cheng
and the 300 employees who work tirelessly to produce the world’s
largest tea brand for the North American market.  Unilever is
investing more than $96 million to upgrade the plant with modern
equipment and state-of-the-art technology to continue producing
the high quality tea for our millions of tea-loving consumers.” 
The Suffolk plant was one of Unilever’s first
factories to achieve zero-to-landfill in the USA and was a pilot
site to implement LED lighting, which significantly reduces
electricity consumption.  It has an active team that continues
to drive the company’s initiatives under the Unilever
Sustainable Living Plan. 
About Lipton 
With more than 100 years of experience, Lipton is one of the
world’s great refreshment brands, with tea-based drinks
including leaf tea, infusions, and ready-to-drink iced tea. For
more information on Lipton, please visit Facebook.com/Lipton,
Facebook.com/LiptonIcedTea or LiptonT.com. 
About Unilever North America 
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home
and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries.
Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are
used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis.  In the United
States and Canada the portfolio includes brand icons such as:
Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear
Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree,
Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t
Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever
2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s,
Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragu, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft &
Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and
Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or
registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. 
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst
reducing our overall environmental footprint (including
sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive
social impact.  We are committed to helping more than a billion
people take action to improve their health and well-being,
sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020,
and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact.
Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based
targets.  See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at
http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/ or
Unilever employs more than 12,000 people across North America -
generating over $10 billion in sales in 2012. For more
information, visit www.unileverusa.com or www.unilever.ca. 
Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov 
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne West
Phone: (804) 545-5806
E-mail: swest@yesvirginia.org 
Contact: Anita Larsen
Phone: (201) 894-7760
Email: anita.larsen@unilever.com 
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