Belgian Katoen Natie  nv expands in Norfolk, Virginia its freight and distribution center

April 2021: Governor Ralph Northam announced that Katoen Natie Norfolk Inc., a plastics and polymers warehousing and distribution company and subsidiary of Katoen Natie nv, will invest $61 million to expand its freight distribution center in the City of Norfolk.
The company will add a 243,000-square-foot warehouse and rail facility to its existing operation and create 35 new jobs.

“Katoen Natie Norfolk is a key contributor to Virginia’s position as a world-class transportation and logistics hub, and we are pleased to see the company increase its capabilities to meet increased demand in Hampton Roads,” said Governor Northam. “The supply chain industry in our Commonwealth continues to gain momentum, in large part due to The Port of Virginia’s unparalleled infrastructure. With a significant investment that spans multiple sectors of our economy, this expansion will help fuel our ongoing recovery efforts as well as the company’s continued growth.”

April 2021: STS Group AG, a leading German global system supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial vehicles, will invest $39 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Wythe County’s Progress Park. The new facility, operating as subsidiary STS Group North America, will supply Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County and other truck and automotive facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. markets, creating 120 new jobs. 
“The presence of STS Group North America in Wythe County will go a long way toward strengthening Virginia’s growing automotive manufacturing sector,” said Governor Northam. “This is just the latest example of an international company selecting our Commonwealth as the ideal location to do business, thanks to our competitive operating costs, world-class workforce, and outstanding quality of life. We thank STS for creating new jobs and investing in Southwest Virginia and look forward to building a strong partnership in the years to come.”

Satair, an Airbus company  inks deal for more space in Northern Virginia

Airbus Americas Inc. has inked a deal for expansion space in Loudoun County after outgrowing a smaller distribution and spare parts facility it upgraded for its Satair Group subsidiary in 2016.

The company has signed a design-build lease for about 250,000 square feet at the Northwoods Industrial Park, according to three sources familiar with the deal. The 2.1 million-square-foot business park, developed by Northwestern Mutual, Broad Street Equities and The Ardent Co., is located off Old Ox Road near Dulles International Airport.

One of the world’s largest truck manufacturers has made a growing Virginia firm its co-pilot on its journey to commercialize automated trucks.

An agreement has been signed for Daimler Trucks and Buses Holding Inc. to acquire a majority stake in Blacksburg-based Torc Robotics for an undisclosed sum, the two companies announced Friday. Finalization of the deal is subject to approval from U.S. regulators.

~ Company to create more than 90 new jobs ~

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented IdentityTM for an increasingly digital world, will relocate its North American Identity & Security headquarters from Billerica, Massachusetts to Reston, Virginia in Fairfax County. Virginia successfully competed with Washington, D.C. and Maryland for this project, which will create more than 90 new jobs.


~ Company to increase production at manufacturing facility, create 25 new jobs ~

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that McAirlaid’s, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe GmbH, will invest $7.8 million to increase production at its manufacturing facility in Franklin County. Virginia successfully competed with Germany for this project, which will create 25 new jobs.

“Since the construction of its first and only U.S. manufacturing facility more than a decade ago, McAirlaid’s has flourished in Franklin County, and we are thrilled that this global manufacturer has chosen to reinvest in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “With over 10,000 people entering the Roanoke Region’s workforce each year from higher education institutions such as Virginia Tech, Roanoke College, and Virginia Western Community College, McAirlaid’s will continue to benefit from the steady pipeline of manufacturing talent available in Franklin County.”

~ Press Glass to invest $43.55 million to establish first Virginia manufacturing operation ~

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Press Glass, the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County. Press Glass represents the first company to locate in the county’s Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 212 new jobs.

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