Companies large and small have chosen Greater Richmond for North American operations. Overall, the Richmond Region is host to more than 200 internationally-owned facilities in the area that employ over 21,000 workers. The products and services provided by these firms range from industrial machinery to specialty foods and from transportation to consulting services.

Greater Richmond has seen significant interest from two specific industry clusters: Advanced Manufacturing and Food & Beverage makers.

Advanced Manufacturing:

  • A locally-based Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility helped lure two suppliers, Erodex and Pryor Technology. The two UK-headquartered companies were seeking to improve existing customer relations while expanding its offerings.
  • German company iMPREG Group is expanding into manufacturing after a successful phase I. Their product, a fiberglass pipe liner, was first imported for distribution.
  • Polykon Manufacturing, a joint venture between two Air Liquide entities, is completing its facility to produce consumer cosmetics.

Food & Beverage

  • Sabra Dipping Company operates the world’s largest hummus factory in the region.
  • Brazil-based Mavalerio produces sugar confectionery toppings for North American distribution. The company chose the Richmond Region “because we can reach 55 percent of the U.S. population within 750 miles.”

Two-thirds of the Greater Richmond Partnership’s prospect pipeline is internationally-owned – meaning that more foreign companies are on the way to the Richmond Region. The Partnership has helped locate more than 100 international businesses since its inception, so is well equipped to guide your business through the steps necessary to establish your U.S. presence in the Richmond Region.

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The Greater Richmond Partnership is continually on the road, visiting with prospects and attending industry-specific conferences and tradeshows to bring new capital investment and jobs to the region. In the last few weeks, the team partnered with local economic development offices on two marketing missions: Hannover Messe and BrewExpo.

Olga Molnar and Micah Kemp
GRP’s Olga Molnar and Henrico County’s Micah Kemp at the Hannover Messe tradeshow.

Last month, Vice President of Global Investment Olga Molnar attended the Hannover Messe/CeMAT tradeshow with Henrico County Economic Development Authority’s Micah Kemp. Hannover Messe is one of the largest tradeshows in the world, with a total of 5,800 exhibitors and 210,000 attendees from 75 countries.

The 4th industrial revolution (artificial intelligence, machine learning, e-mobility, etc.) was on full display. As the Chairman of the German Engineering Federation Thilo Brodtmann said, “Hannover Messe is where the future of industry is discussed and presented…” For those who would like to have a glimpse into the future, there is no better tradeshow than this.

The team met with many of our existing companies as well as potential investors. The team also attended SelectUSA’s reception which drew a number of international advisors and consultants.

The Hannover Messe was followed by a two-day marketing mission. The team met with several companies that are considering opening a facility in the U.S., including the Richmond Region. We also spoke with industry leaders and consultants who shared their insights into what drives German companies to expand to foreign markets.

On this side of the pond, GRP’s Rowena Fratarcangelo and Hanover County Economic Development’s Susan Deusebio attended BrewExpo, the trade show connected to the annual Craft Brewers Conference, in Nashville, Tenn.

GRP’s Rowena Fratarcangelo and Hanover County’s Susan Deusebio at the BrewExpo.

More than 700 companies from 13 countries and 44 states exhibited at the trade show. Products ranged from Adhesives to Yeast Supply. The Richmond Region’s purpose in attending was to connect with vendors and suppliers that would be interested in having a location in Greater Richmond to serve the growing craft beverage industry in the region, state, and along the East Coast. Educating potential prospects about the many business advantages of Greater Richmond – as well as educating ourselves on industry trends – can prove invaluable.

Rowena and Susan also visited with numerous Richmond-area companies that were exhibiting, giving them the chance to say hello, express appreciation for their presence in the region, and get updates on how things are going with their business and customers.

At the annual International Economic Development Council’s conference, Richmond, Va., was ranked as one of the winners of the fDi Intelligence’s American Cities of the Future 2017/18 rankings. The publication, owned by the Financial Times, focuses on foreign direct investment — or FDI — into American communities.

“More than two-thirds of our projects are foreign direct investment,” said Barry Matherly, president and CEO of the Partnership. “This accolade solidifies the Richmond Region’s strength when it comes to international investment and will hopefully convince global companies to consider joining our region’s community of more than 200 internationally-owned businesses who are experiencing success.”

Richmond was named in the top three overall as a ‘Mid-Sized American City of the Future,’ and the highest ranked region in the United States. Among cities of its size, Richmond also ranked third in Economic Potential and seventh in Business Friendliness.

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It’s not the first time fDi has shined a spotlight on RVA’s international program. We’ve been rewarded with similar rankings from the publication for the last 10 years.

“These type of rankings have piqued the interest of international firms that choose the region for U.S. operations — sometimes the company’s first office outside of their home country,” explained Matherly. “Companies such as Mavalerio, BGB Technologies and ProSeal America opened small facilities that have expanded after success stateside and we’re happy that the region’s attractive FDI offerings helped their decision.”

The region was shortlisted after data was collected analyzing 421 locations under five categories: Economic Potential, Business Friendliness, Human Capital and Lifestyle, Cost Effectiveness and Connectivity. Locations scored up to a maximum of 10 points for each data point, which were weighted by importance to the FDI decision-making process in order to compile both the subcategory rankings as well as the overall American Cities of the Future 2017/18 ranking.

‘Mid-sized’ locations had an immediate city population more than 200,000 and a wider Larger Urban Zone of more than 750,000 people, or an immediate city population of more than 350,000 people.

FDI Rankings 2017