VMR is the prime location for advanced manufacturing.

Whether it is Chemicals and Plastics, Food and Beverage, Automobiles, or Research and Development, VMR has vast resources and a talented workforce to get your business up and running smoothly.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Inc.
Amazon
Amcor Pharmaceutical Packaging
AMG, Inc.
Bausch & Lomb, Division of Bausch Health Companies
Boar’s Head
Boars Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Boxley – Block
BWX Technologies
Campofrio Food Group
Creative Playthings, Ltd.
Delta Star
DuPont
Fleet Laboratories

Food Lion
Franklin Braid Manufacturing Co.
Genesis Products, Inc.
Georgia Pacific Wood Products
Geradau Ameristeel
Global Safety Textiles LLC
Goya Foods
Hanwha Azdel
HillPhoenix
Honeywell
KDC/ONE Lynchburg
L&R Precision Tooling, Inc.
LSI
Morgan Lumber Company, Inc.

NanoTouch Materials, LLC
Paper manufacturing for corrugated and other packaging solutions
Perdue
Reiss Manufacturing Inc.
Rolls Royce
Sabra
Service Center Metals
Standards Motor Products
SteelFab Inc.
Toll Integrated Systems
U.S. Pipe
Virginia Marble Manufacturers, Inc.
Walmart

Assets

  • Abundant water/wastewater/electric/fiber optic infrastructure capacity for resource-intensive users at low rates.
  • Skill development via local university degrees in Manufacturing Engineering, Precision Machining, etc.

  • Manufacturing heritage embedded in local history and the labor force’s work ethic (according to area employers).

  • Existing industry investment in precision metals, advanced materials, chemicals and more.

  • Manufacturing Technician certification training originated in the area.

  • Customize your workforce training program with the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA).

  • Public-private research partnership (Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing) makes the region a focal point for the manufacturing research expertise of Virginia’s top universities and the top corporate innovators.

  • These partners can work together to improve production while maintaining intellectual property rights.

Chemicals & Plastics

Leading companies like AdvanSix and Dupont call VMR home due to its versatility of assets that allow them to be efficient and productive.

Food & Beverage

The region boasts signifcant assets that contribute to a large presence of food and natural products manufacturing, packaging and distribution operations. Concentration of food and natural products growth and production employers and expertise, including facility investments totaling over $120 million in the past five years.

  • Custom workforce training available with successful case studies with local food manufacturing employers like Kraft, Sabra, and more

  • Research and development center and attached agriculture extension maximizes access to local farmers and crop development for local sourcing

  • Local military training facility produces top-notch chefs, logisticians, and equipment operators for the U.S. Army

  • Grant for food & natural product manufacturers sourcing 30 percent of materials from Virginia
  • Multi-modal connections to suppliers, distributors, retailers and 41 percent of U.S. consumers in one day via numerous national freight carriers, shipping hubs and intermodal facilities

  • Available cold storage buildings and shovel-ready build-to-suit opportunities

  • Abundant water supply and wastewater treatment capacity for food and beverage production

  • Customize and implement your workforce training program with the Community College Workforce Alliance

  • Public-private research partnership (Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing) makes the region a focal point for the manufacturing research expertise of Virginia’s top universities and the top corporate innovators

Logistics & Distribution

A strategic location, advanced transportation networks, and a strong workforce draw logistics companies worldwide to VMR, from major e-commerce distributors to medical devices, groceries and all industries in between.

  • Seaports, airports, railroads, and a population of 1.3 million are all inside the workforce area
  • Proximity to all Virginia ports for international shipping

  • 41 percent of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive
  • Shovel-ready sites and existing high-bay distribution space with direct interstate access and rail siding are available
  • There are over 100 trucking companies with more than 21,000 trucks based in the metropolitan area
  • Norfolk Southern and CSX operate intersecting Class 1 rail services locally, with half of Virginia’s total truck-railcar intermodal facilities
  • UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service operate major hubs in the area and provide third-party logistics (3PL) services, along with expertise concentrated at the UPS Freight national headquarters
  • U.S. military logistics training and operations cluster includes Army Logistics University at Fort Lee and the Defense Supply Center Richmond, concentrating much of the Army’s logistics and contracting personnel and expertise in the area
  • Foreign trade zone status in many parts of the region lowers import/export cost
  • Customize your workforce training program with the Community College Workforce Alliance
  • Public-private research partnership (Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing) makes the region a focal point for the manufacturing research expertise of Virginia’s top universities and the top corporate innovators