After a 14-month competitive site selection process during which Amazon received 238 proposals from communities across North America, the tech giant announced plans in 2018 to invest approximately $2.5 billion to establish a major new headquarters (HQ2) in Virginia, creating more than 25,000 high-paying jobs. Virginia successfully secured the historic project through unprecedented state, regional, and local partnerships. The foundation of the cooperative pitch for Amazon HQ2 was centered on Virginia’s thriving tech sector and talent—including a commitment to a pipeline for the future.
Nearly 20 years after the company’s first investment in the Commonwealth and with thriving operations in both Northern and Southern Virginia, Microsoft continues to evolve its technology to meet customer needs. As a publicly held corporation with revenues surpassing $125 billion and nearly 156,000 employees worldwide, Microsoft is actively answering the call for increased cloud services, requiring a new operation with strategic access to its customer base and a reliable pool of tech talent.
WillowTree’s footprint in Charlottesville is an intentional and strategic choice to locate in smaller and rural areas rather than urban tech centers. The company’s success is a true testament to small Virginia metros’ ability to attract and retain top-tier IT companies. WillowTree began exploring possible corporate headquarters sites that could consolidate its rapidly expanding Virginia team in one location
Hershey currently employs more than 1,000 people in the Commonwealth, with the majority located at its Stuarts Draft manufacturing facility. The plant plays a critical role in the company’s growth and the production and delivery of its products to global consumers, so when Hershey began its site selection process, of course Virginia was in the running.
The Stihl family decided to open a manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach in 1974. For over 45 years, STIHL has been an invaluable corporate partner in the Commonwealth.
Micron has manufactured semiconductors at its operation in the City of Manassas since 2002. The Commonwealth was in the running for Micron’s major project, but winning would require an extremely competitive proposal.
The success of the company’s business model, ranging from urban Northern Virginia to the New River Valley and rural Southwest Virginia, demonstrates the assets, infrastructure, and talent that can be found across the Commonwealth’s diverse regions.
Less than 10 years ago, Morgan Olson’s Michigan facility was manufacturing 100% of the company’s step van orders. As the preferred walk-in step van body company with plants at full capacity, Morgan Olson needed to grow to meet customers’ needs.
Just two years after the decision to open its first U.S. stave mill operation in Bath County, Speyside Bourbon Cooperage announced a $26 million investment in 2018 to establish a new cooperage in Smyth County and invested $9 million in a new stave mill facility in Washington County.
Grupo Phoenix first established its North American headquarters in Pulaski County in 2010. By 2017, the company had expanded three times at the manufacturing operation, for a total of $106.2 million in capital investment and 585 new jobs.
Carry-On Trailer's manufacturing operation in Westmoreland County had experienced a steady increase in demand since its establishment in 2004, and the next phase of the company's growth entailed extending its market reach into the Northeast and Canada.
England Furniture’s employees had been working overtime at its headquarters in Tennessee, and the management team sought a new, strategically located facility with the space and dedicated workforce to accommodate continued growth.
JM Conveyors began its search in 2017 for the perfect site to house a new product line. After exploring real estate across the East Coast, Virginia stood out for its business-friendly environment and portfolio of ready-made sites.
When faced with the pressures of sequestration in 2012, MAG Aerospace turned to the global marketplace for new contracts with support from VEDP’s flagship Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program.
Massimo Zanetti Beverage, the largest privately held and family owned coffee company in the world, set out in 2012 to navigate new international markets with support from VEDP’s experienced International Trade division.
Demand for New Ravenna’s luxury mosaic tile products began to skyrocket in 2016, and the company sought to discover if its home in Northampton County could accommodate the rapid growth.
Upon landing additional customer business in 2014, Monogram needed to select one of its existing facilities to add capacity rapidly.
Facebook needed to invest in a new data center to increase capacity while also keeping its energy footprint low and set out to find the location of its eighth U.S. data center.
Since its founding in 1972 in Italy, Eldor Corporation has grown to be a leading global supplier to the world’s premier automotive manufacturers and was interested in expanding its manufacturing division into the United States market.
Navy Federal Credit Union needed to increase its workforce to meet current and future demand in a location that could accommodate major growth.
In need of two sites and two workforces, Virginia presented Lidl with the best business case to successfully compete.
Ferguson had grown from a local distributor to the nation's leading distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies, and still needed to grow its team by hundreds of employees to keep up with its growth.
The largest real estate data firm in the U.S. wanted a home that will attract new college graduates – the majority of its workforce – and be affordable enough to retain talent.
In June 2017, Amazon Web Services announced plans to establish its East Coast corporate campus at One Dulles Tower in Fairfax County, creating up to 1,500 new jobs.
The global provider of cloud-based human capital management solutions wanted an urban space that could accommodate its needs and attract a strong pipeline of talent.
After an arduous selection process that spanned 20 cities, Nestlé USA announced it would establish its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, creating 748 new jobs.