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Friendship Industries / Able Solutions Launch $3,000,000 Expansion
32,000 square ft. of Warehouse and Production Space Operational 2nd Quarter of 2018
Expected to Create 50 new jobs
Harrisonburg, VA, October 10, 2017: Friendship Industries, Inc. and sister company, Able Solutions Inc. are set to nearly double their square footage at their company headquarters at 801 Friendship Drive. A social enterprise with a mission to provide employment and training opportunities for persons who may have barriers to employment, Friendship Industries has been collaborating with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency to secure financing for this project.
Friendship Industries and Able Solutions provide consumer products packaging for a number of Fortune 500 Companies across the United States. major big box store chains. Their core business caters to the many configurations of club packs found in the
George Homan, President and CEO, states, “With this expansion we will ensure our continued growth in the consumer products packaging business for decades to come. The added high bay warehouse space will increase our ability to cater to the ever expanding e-commerce business. Most importantly, we will increase our ability to serve those who need employment the most – those with barriers to employment, with the possibility of 50 new jobs being created and sustained.”
Valley Engineering is serving as the project manager for this expansion with Lantz Construction being selected as the contractor. Interim financing is being provided by Union Bank and Trust.
Friendship Industries, established in 1964, is a not-for-profit business with a mission to serve our community by developing and maintaining employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in integrated work environments. Friendship Industries has three commercial divisions: government contracting, secure document destruction, and contract packaging. Able Solutions, Inc., an affiliate of Friendship Industries, was founded in 2012, and provides on-the-job training for people with barriers to employment. Together, the companies’ missions serve Harrisonburg and Rockingham by providing employment to over 150 people.