Friant to celebrate new office furniture manufacturing facility in Suffolk on Thursday
Officials from Friant and Associates, an Oakland, Calif.-based office-furniture maker, and the city of Suffolk will gather Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Friant’s first Virginia manufacturing operation at the city’s Center Point Intermodal facility. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and is not open to the public.
The new 357,000-square-foot facility is expected to create 166 jobs.
Paul Friant, the company’s founder and CEO, is expected to announce a donation to the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Logistics Scholarship Fund as part of the ceremony.
Friant has invested $17.4 million in the facility. Ace Hardware and Nexcom also have large distribution centers at Center Point, which is located off U.S. 58 near the Port of Virginia.