Va. Beach PPE manufacturer will create 180 jobs with $5.3M expansion
Premium-PPE can manufacture 20M masks per month
Premium-PPE, a manufacturer of AmeriShield branded masks and personal protective equipment, will invest $5.3 million to expand its Virginia Beach operations, creating 180 jobs, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.
Premium-PPE is a subsidiary of Premium Estore LLC (doing business as PremiumEcigarettes), an e-cigarette product manufacturer that in March began operating as Premium-PPE to focus solely on on PPE equipment. It now produces only disposable face and surgical masks. The company can manufacture more than 20 million masks each month at its Virginia Beach facility.
“Throughout the course of this public health crisis, we have seen Virginia manufacturers like Premium-PPE adapt their business models to stay viable and help keep people safe,” Northam said in a statement. “As we saw at the beginning of this global pandemic, without a dedicated supply chain for manufacturing masks and other personal protective equipment in the United States, we would be forced to rely on overseas shipments that are often hard to get and come with exorbitant prices. By growing its manufacturing capabilities, Premium-PPE will help support our present and future needs and continue to play a vital role in producing critical health care supplies for the commonwealth and states across our country.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the city of Virginia Beach to secure the project for Virginia and will support Premium-PPE’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program’s services and funding.
“Virginia Beach and the commonwealth of Virginia were very welcoming to a leading PPE manufacturer planting roots in their city and state,” Premium-PPE CEO Vitali Servutas said in a statement. “This partnership will help enable Premium-PPE to supply citizens through this challenging period, and for many years to come as we begin to supply hospitals and health care providers.”