Furniture manufacturer to bring 166 jobs to Suffolk
A California-based maker of custom office furniture plans to create 166 jobs in Suffolk, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Thursday. Friant and Associates will invest $17.4 million for its first Virginia manufacturing operation at the CenterPoint Intermodal Center.
Friant and Associates was founded in 1990. The Oakland, Calif.-based company designs and makes high-end office furniture.
“With a new manufacturing point in Virginia, we can better serve our customers and partners on the East Coast,” Paul Friant, Friant and Associates’ founder and CEO, said in a statement.
McAuliffe approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund for the project. The company also will receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. The Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide funding and services to support Friant and Associates’ employee training.
Virginia competed against Maryland for the project.