Ramen soup factory spilling over with expansion in Chesterfield

Maruchan Virginia Inc., a maker of ramen noodle packs, wants to expand its factory.
(Photos: Michael Schwartz)

A well-known ramen noodle soup brand is looking to beef up its already-massive local manufacturing facility.

Maruchan Virginia Inc., which makes Maruchan ramen noodle packs, last week submitted an application to expand its factory at 8101 Whitepine Road in the county’s Airport Industrial Park by about 30,000 square feet to increase its spice manufacturing operations.

The company wants to build a new two-story building on about 2.5 acres at the rear of its existing 600,000-square-foot building, according to the submitted site plans. The company’s campus in the park spans 54 acres.

No new jobs will be created by the expansion, the plans stated.

Maruchan Virginia Inc. seeks to add about 30,000 square feet in order to increase its spice manufacturing.

Charlotte-based Gray Construction is listed as the project’s developer. Kentucky-based Gray Architects & Engineers will oversee the design.

An overall cost estimate and construction timeline for the project was not disclosed.

Maruchan did not return multiple calls for comment.

The expansion site is already zoned light industrial, meaning Maruchan does not have to undergo a public hearing or receive any approval from the Board of Supervisors to proceed with the project.

The pending expansion is not being fast-tracked through planning or the county’s economic development authority, but will receive a standard site review by the county.

Owned by Japanese-based Toyo Suisan Kaisha Ltd., Maruchan established its Virginia operation in the county in 1989. Around 420 employees manufacture the company’s various ramen soup flavors and noodles. It’s the firm’s largest manufacturing operation on the East Coast.

Maruchan also operates plants in San Antonio, Texas, and Irvine, California, and has operations throughout Brazil, Mexico and Japan.

The firm’s Chesterfield location has undergone several expansions since its inception at the business park, including an $18 million, 50-job addition in 2009 that added several new manufacturing lines to the plant.

The ramen giant’s expansion adds to the county’s growing tide of industrial projects and expansions.

Hummus maker Sabra Dipping Co. recently broke ground on a 38,000-square-foot expansion of its 220,000-square-foot plant at 15900 Sabra Way.

Michigan-based vacuum cleaner maker Bissell acquired about 40 acres at 1200 Battery Brooke Parkway in the James River Industrial Center, a parcel that once was slated to be part of the planned 650-acre Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. factory. Bissell is planning a 611,500-square-foot industrial complex to be built in phases.

Work is well underway on PepsiCo’s new 220,000-square-foot facility 1608 Willis Road, where Virginia Beach-based developer Armada Hoffler is set to sell the building for about $26 million upon its completion during the fourth quarter.

Devon USA has broken ground on a $20 million, 321,000-square-foot spec warehouse property on a 44-acre plot in the James River Logistics Center at 1601 Bellwood Drive.

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Garry Marshall
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Wait a minute, so those indigestible noodles that I thought came from China actually come from Chesterfield?

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