Region a Mix of IT, Advanced Manufacturing
Companies engaged in everything from software development to manufacturing high-tech Pedic™ mattresses are operating successfully and cost effectively in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region.
Adding to the mix are new target industries of unmanned autonomous systems and cyber security which add to the region’s growing reputation as an excellent eastern U.S. location for information technology businesses and advanced manufacturing.
Soon after the country’s first FAA-approved rural drone delivery took place in the e-Region in July 2015 – our ‘Kitty Hawk’ moment – classes in drone technology and certified pilot training were created, and testing and studies for use of unmanned aerial vehicles are under way.
The e-Region attracts industry leaders and entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of the low cost of doing business, ever-expanding high-speed broadband and 4G wireless networks, tailored training and Centers of Excellence of modern manufacturing education, available workforce, incentives and an exceptional quality of life experience for employers and employees alike.
Leading IT companies operating here include Northrop Grumman and CGI, with key technology centers of their global footprints located in one of the region’s technology parks. Among other information technology businesses operating in the region are Serco, OnePartner, DP Facilities, Inc., AT&T Wireless, Sykes Enterprises, Sykes Wise-Intuit, Crutchfield Corporation and Verizon.
Manufacturers located in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region include Tempur Production, which produces Pedic™ mattresses and pillows in a half-million-square-foot facility; Tadano Mantis, manufacturer of telescopic-boom crawler cranes; SteelFab, a division of Samuel Pressure Group that manufactures pressurized containers; Mullican Flooring, leading manufacturer of hardwood flooring; VFP, Inc., which manufactures and ships telecommunications structures all over the world; PBE a global heavy industries technology company for manufactured safety, communications and productivity systems; Komatsu which manufactures and services underground mining equipment; and Pemco Corporation, manufacturer and distributor of electrical power centers and generators..
When a company locates in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region, we want to make certain their business is as successful as possible. With frequent contact and interaction with existing industry, Southwest Virginia’s e-Region is committed to keeping in touch and keeping an eye on the pulse of regional businesses to educate them about the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority’s (VCEDA) financing and other programs available to assist with potential expansion and business growth.
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Next meeting of the VCEDA Board is scheduled for 3 p.m. August 15, 2019 at the VCEDA Office, 527 East Main Street, Lebanon, Va.
Committee Meetings: Executive - Noon; Business Development - 1 p.m.; Finance - 1:30 p.m.; Project Review - 2 p.m.; Full Board - 3 p.m.
Southwest Virginia's e-Region is marketed by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority - VCEDA - a regional economic development organization created by Virginia's General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the economic base of the seven-county, one-city, coal-producing region in southwestern Virginia. Since its creation, VCEDA has helped create more than 20,000 jobs.