Ramen maker Maruchan Virginia, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Toyo Suisan Kaisha Ltd., has broken ground on a manufacturing expansion on its Chesterfield, Va. campus.

The "Soup Room Expansion" will be a highly automated, 60,000-square-foot facility with two-story mezzanine floors. The new facility will be used for production of packaging of flavor packets for the company's ramen noodles projects.

Gray Construction, an engineering, architecture and construction firm based in Lexington, Ky., will be performing design-build services on the project. The project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2019.

“Part of Gray’s purpose is to ‘make a difference,’” says Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. “Knowing this project will allow Maruchan to bring more of its well-known products to its customers allows us to fulfill our purpose.”

The Virginia campus is one of four U.S. production facilities for Maruchan Virginia. The company also has a production facility in Texas and two in California.