Fact Sheets:


Virginia is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 17,310 people. Nationally, Virginia is ranked 21st in plastics industry employment. It is also home to a number of plastics dependent industries that use plastics to make products or provide services. Plastics and dependent industries combined employ 1 million people in Virginia.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 1,006,500 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Virginia, including captive plastic products, is $910 million. Plastics dependent industries add another $43.2 billion to the state’s payroll.

Although some of the dependent payroll would exist without plastics, there would be less of it, because cost effective replacements for plastics are not available in many applications.


Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $11.81 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $5.52 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Virginia totaled nearly $6.863433629 billion in 2016 and comprised 0.016972631 of national shipments ($404.4 billion). Nationally, Virginia is ranked 21st in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

National Shipments