- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Korean manufacturer of water heaters plans to build its first U.S. facility in Virginia.

Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that Navien, Inc. plans to spend near $80 million to build a manufacturing and assembly operation in James City County.

The new project will be built in an old Lumber Liquidators facility and create up to 180 jobs.

Northam approved a $850,000 grant for the company. He said Virginia beat out Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania to win the project.

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