GROUNDBREAKING FOR NBR PLANT/GLOVE FACILITY
(DECEMBER 2021) - U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, local officials, and leaders from Blue Star were among the dignitaries on hand at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $714M manufacturing facility to be built outside Wytheville, Virginia. Hailed as the world’s first vertically integrated nitrile glove manufacturing operation, the facility includes a nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant and high-tech glove manufacturing complex.
M&H Consulting has been contracted by Blue Star to provide overall project development, engineering, design, procurement assistance, onsite construction management, and operational readiness support.
Nitrile gloves are made from nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR), an oil-resistant, synthetic rubber. These gloves are essential PPE for medical, laboratory, and examination personnel, but have been scarce since global supply chains were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new facility provides a more reliable, entirely domestic production source that will eventually manufacture up to 60 billion gloves annually.
In addressing attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony, Scott Maier, CEO of Blue Star NBR and Blue Star Manufacturing, said, “We’re going to have a lot of help from everyone in this community to build this company up to be the world-class manufacturing facility that it’s going to be.” He added that the NBR plant should be operational by August 2022, with glove manufacturing beginning by February 2023.
For more details, see local media coverage of the event: WDBJ TV , WFXR TV, and SWVA Today