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Chris Renee Cosmetics expands to Washington County, Va.

September 9th, 2015 7:30 pm by Southwest Virginia Bureau

Chris Renee Cosmetics expands to Washington County, Va.

ABINGDON -- New jobs are nothing to blush about, especially now in Washington County.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced that Chris Renee Cosmetics LLC, a natural cosmetics company with two beauty and skin care lines in Tazewell County, will invest more than $2 million to establish a new manufacturing operation in the Oak Park Center for Business and Industry in Washington County.

The governor said Virginia successfully competed against Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee for the expansion, touted to create 37 jobs.

McAuliffe said Chris Renee Cosmetics is a Virginia success story that continues to add chapters.

"This is a great success story about a homegrown Virginia business that has experienced amazing growth and will expand with a new manufacturing operation," he said.

"Helping businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector grow and create jobs is a key component of my administration's efforts to diversify Virginia's economy. We are thrilled that Chris Renee Cosmetics will tay and grow in the commonwealth and help build a new Virginia economy."

Virginia Secretary of Commerce & Trade Maurice Jones said expansion of any existing Virginia business "is a great testament to the commonwealth's tremendous assets," and the homegrown cosmetics company is but one example.

"Chris Renee Cosmetics has benefited from our world class infrastructure, exceptional talent and business friendly environment, and has chosen to expand in Washington County. We welcome this new manufacturing operation and congratulate the company on its continued growth," Jones said.

Chris Renee Cosmetics operates two product lines udner the trade names Chris Renee Cosmetics and 40 West Naturals. Chris Renee Cosmetics offers luxury bath and body skin care products, and 40 West Naturals was developed to provide a natural batsh and body lineup for the whole family including natural soaps, body balms, body butters, lip balms, sea salt, and insect repellants.

Chris Renee Cosmetics President and CEO Garry Fuller said his company looks forward to the Washington County expansion.

"While our initial site selection process considered other states, Virginia's strategic location to major interstate networks and proximity to customer markets made (Washington County) a winning choice," he said.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Washington County to secure the project. McAuliffe approved a $115,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund to assist Washington County, and the Virginia Tobacco Commission approved $80,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.

"Chris Renee Cosmetics has a promising future, and we are excited they have chosen to locate in the Oak Park Center for Business and Industry," said Henry Snodgrass, chairman of Washington County's Industrial Development Authority.

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