YakAttack, LLC to expand manufacturing facility 

Gov. Northam announces Yak Attack expansionGovernor Ralph Northam today announced that YakAttack, LLC, a leading manufacturer of kayak fishing gear and rigging, will relocate and expand its production facility in Prince Edward County. The company recently acquired technology that will allow for more control over its supply chain and requires additional square footage to house the new processes. YakAttack will move from its existing facility in Nottoway County to a 66,000-square-foot space in Prince Edward County. The project includes an investment of $3.4 million. Virginia successfully competed with South Carolina for this project, which will create 34 new jobs. 

“Virginia’s kayak fishing community has become hooked on YakAttack, a beloved member and integral part of the region’s emerging adventure tourism industry since they arrived in 2009,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “We thank YakAttack for creating 34 new jobs in our Commonwealth and are confident the company will continue to grow and thrive as they chart a new course in Prince Edward County.” 

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Memorandum of Understanding establishes formal relationship between USAV and CIT to jointly foster the development of unmanned systems in Virginia

The Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV), a non-profit coalition of leading companies in the unmanned systems industry, announced today that the organization has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a formal partnership with the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT), a technology-based economic development non-profit that houses the Virginia Center for Unmanned Systems.  The MOU states that USAV and CIT will jointly pursue mutually beneficial opportunities to foster the development of unmanned systems throughout Virginia.

Specifically, USAV and CIT will work together on the following:

DRS working to significantly increase number of full-time, sustainable jobs in southern Virginia.

DRS Imaging Services, LLC today announced that it will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 7th to celebrate The HiGro Group LLC’s recent investment in DRS. DRS anticipates it will double the number of local families supported by the company’s Clarksville facility via 100 sustainable, full-time jobs over the next 12-24 months. The partnership of local and state business and community leaders will be a critical aspect of the strategy to make Clarksville – and the greater Mecklenberg County – a hub for DRS. This is the first step in growing DRS’ workforce, with plans for additional locations across the country.

  • Natural gas-fueled station provides power for 400,000 homes
  • Greensville County to receive $7 million a year in taxes
  • One of the largest and environmentally cleanest stations in the country

Greensville County Power Station has officially joined Dominion Energy Virginia's fleet of clean, safe and efficient natural gas-fueled electric generating units.

The station, located a few miles west of Emporia, completed testing and began generating electricity for the company's 2.6 million customers Saturday, Dec. 8. The station can generate 1,588 megawatts of electricity, producing enough power to light, heat and cool nearly 400,000 homes.

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More than 10,000 Virginians have earned workforce credentials to help them attain in-demand jobs and big wage increases, thanks to a state grant program that covers two-thirds of the cost of community college training programs.

Under Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program, one-third of the tuition for eligible non-credit certification programs is paid by the student, one-third is paid by the state when the student completes the training, and one-third is paid by the state when the student earns an industry-recognized credential.

New Jobs Coming to Brunswick County

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Brunswick County, VA - The Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority, the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors, and the Town of Lawrenceville announced today KASS Foods, a healthy snack food manufacturer, will invest to establish an operation in Brunswick County, Town of Lawrenceville. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Maryland for the project, which will bring eight new jobs to the region.

Mike Dotti, Chair of Brunswick County IDA Board said, “It is an easy thing to say Brunswick County is open for business. To create an environment where new business is possible takes the work of a lot of people. We could not have done this without our team. The Board of Supervisors, Carthan Currin, Economic Development Director, C. J. Dean and the Town of Lawrenceville, the Tobacco Commission, the amazing IDA board all moving forward under the proactive leadership of our County Administrator, Dr. Woolridge. A special thanks to Ajay and the fine people of KASS for their investment in our County.”

“We are extremely pleased that KASS Foods chose to locate their company in Brunswick County,” said Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, Brunswick County Administrator. “President Sujanani’s business investment results in the restoration of the former Southern States facility, the creation of employment opportunities for Brunswick residents, increased tax revenues, and even more benefits.” Dr. Woolridge also thanked the partners who helped to make this project possible. “I am very appreciative of the collaborative partnership between KASS, the Board of Supervisors and staff, Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority Board, Town of Lawrenceville, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia’s Growth Alliance and Southside Planning District Commission who were instrumental in making this project a reality.”

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