Alchemco moves global headquarters to new facility in Henrico

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Alchemco, a Brazilian-based firm specializing in the moisture and surface protection market, has chosen Henrico County for its global headquarters. The company plans to hire 15-20 new employees within the next three years for its $5 million expansion.

“Our company has been in the Richmond area since 2016. With the growth of our business, we decided to stay in the Greater Richmond area, that is very business friendly and a great place to live and to raise a family,” said Mario Baggio, CEO of Alchemco.

Over the last 30 years Alchemco has used many products and services to solve the problems associated with moisture protection. With the recent addition of technology and manufacturing capabilities, Alchemco evolved into becoming a world leader in the moisture and surface protection market, with 4,000 projects completed, product sold to 75 countries, and 4 product divisions including TechCrete, CretePro, GraffitiBlok, and ChoiceCote.

“Our ideal East Coast location and access to the Richmond International Airport make Henrico the perfect place for international companies to thrive,” said Thomas Branin, Vice Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “We thank Alchemco for choosing Henrico as its home and look forward to the company adding new jobs to our community.”

In 2016, the Greater Richmond Partnership was introduced to Baggio after the company established its North American facility in Henrico, Va. Three years later, Baggio reached out with plans to expand. The Henrico County Economic Development Authority and GRP’s Vice President of Global Investment, Olga Molnar, assisted with the real estate search, securing visa documentation, and connecting the company to local networking opportunities. The Richmond Region successfully competed against Atlanta, Ga., Washington, D.C., Miami, Fla., and Boston, Mass.

“The region’s economic development partners had a crucial role since day one,” said Baggio. “They helped us in networking and connected us with important entities in Greater Richmond, helping our business to expedite the process.”

“Alchemco helps further strengthen the international business community, which represents more than 220 firms throughout the region,” said Lara Fritts, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership. “Alchemco is yet another international firm that we have assisted that started small but expanded aggressively.”

For its headquarters, the company leased 2,800 square feet at 3532 Mayland Ct., in Henrico. The property was represented by Chris Avellana and Danny Holly of JLL. Baggio was assisted by JLL for its first facility and consulted with them again for the Alchemco expansion.

About the Henrico EDA

The Henrico Economic Development Authority’s mission is to increase county revenues through the attraction and retention of high-quality jobs and capital investment from domestic and international companies. The EDA attracts new businesses to Henrico, as well as encourages growth of existing businesses, resulting in continued improvement of the county’s well-being and quality of life for Henrico citizens. Visit Henrico.com to learn more.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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UK-based Alphasonics opens North American office in Henrico

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Alphasonics USA, a UK-based firm specializing in ultrasonic cleaning systems for the print and medical industries, has located a sales office in Henrico County. The Richmond Region successfully competed against locations in North Carolina and Wisconsin.

“We looked into the viability of each location in line with our growth strategy and we decided that Greater Richmond was the place for us,” said Christopher Jones, Vice President of Alphasonics. “The Richmond International Airport has great links to all major territories that we want to do business with, no shortage of companies in the state and surrounding states that we want to work with and of course, some pretty nice weather when compared to Liverpool!”

Formed in 1993, Alphasonics has gained a worldwide reputation for technical excellence and unrivalled service in the field of ultrasonic cleaning systems. Currently, the company has more than 1,700 clients worldwide. The company has developed an array of Alphasound products that can be tailored to suit almost any cleaning requirement. The company’s North American target market is the medical and flexographic printing industry. Flexography utilizes a relief plate for printing on almost any type of substrate, including plastic, metallic films and paper.

Alphasonics plans to sell equipment from its new Henrico office but has already begun looking at ways to manufacture its products locally for this market after just one year.

“We are delighted to welcome Alphasonics to Henrico County’s growing international community,” says Tyrone Nelson, Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “Their success in the UK and expansion into the United States is proof of their strong leadership. We look forward to helping Alphasonics grow and prosper in Henrico County.”

After consulting with the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) agency, Alphasonics was recommended to explore Virginia among other states. The Greater Richmond Partnership has worked with UKTI on several UK-to-USA expansion projects. A current total of 45 UK companies have expanded to Richmond, composing 20.3% of the 222 international firms in the region. A few include WDM, Erodex Ltd., Admiral Group PLC., Rolls Royce, and Essentra.

The project originated at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership before GRP and Henrico Economic Development Authority became involved. GRP’s Bethany Miller and Toney Hall, Deputy Director of Henrico Economic Development Authority, helped the company with visa, accounting and living arrangements.

“The entire economic development team couldn’t have done more for us,” said Jones. “Beginning with a visit to our facility in the UK and accompanying us on fact-finding missions to Richmond, they provided some great options and ideas. We can’t thank them enough for all they did in assisting us with our U.S. expansion.”

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Digital agency Zoocha opens office in City of Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Zoocha, a UK-based digital agency providing user experience strategy, website design and development, along with web hosting and support services, has located an office in the City of Richmond, Va. Using open-source technologies like Drupal, Zoocha works with governments, charities, and international consumer brands to build digital services that are engaging, high performance, and secure.

“We opened the office to focus on new business development, but also to ultimately grow a team to service U.S.-based clients,” said Will Huggins, Zoocha’s CEO and Co-Founder. “Several factors allowed us to decide to open an office in Richmond. In addition to the local attractive tax regime, the area’s great track record of ‘start up’ success, close proximity to local universities for recruiting graduates, and lower costs than other locations we had considered.”

The company first contacted the GRP during an exploratory process, visiting the region in August 2018. With Zoocha’s existing customers based in New York, the company considered New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore for its location. However, the company — headquartered north of London in Hertford, UK — signed a lease with Novel Coworking in the Shockoe Slip area of downtown.

“The City of Richmond welcomes Zoocha, another creative company to our region’s business community,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “News about the city’s talented workforce, low cost of business and thriving start-up ecosystem is spreading around the world.”

“GRP were instrumental in helping Zoocha select Richmond as the base for our U.S. venture and in providing assistance to set the business up,” Huggins explained. “Without their advice, support and introduction to other businesses in Richmond, I am sure we would not have been able to make the progress we have.”

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Kumbaya coworking space to open in Henrico County

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that the Quiah Group will invest $1.5 million to upfit 10,590 square feet in Rocketts Landing for Kumbaya Space, a coworking and shared services office. The Quiah Group, a woman-owned company, identified the Richmond Region’s growing entrepreneurial community in need of one-stop services, including accounting, human resources, marketing, legal, IT, etc.

“Greater Richmond’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing — showing up on the radar of a lot of startups and investors, especially given its quality of life and strategic location,” said Rosetta Quiah, CEO of the Quiah Group. “Supported by an excellent source of talent from area schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, Greater Richmond is poised to become a major contender in the next several years.”

Kumbaya Space will employ 5 full-time professionals when completed in March 2020. The company is developing a software app to reserve offices, loaner devices and support services.

“Henrico County welcomes more shared services space to the region’s entrepreneurial community,” said Mr. Tyrone Nelson, Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “More and more innovative and creative individuals are realizing their potential and Kumbaya Space will allow a one-stop shop for their business needs.”

“We know and understand all the issues that small businesses face in growing their work space,” said Tafadzwa Matinenga, COO of The Quiah Group. “This makes us unique from other work spaces and we want to make sure that our space and services cater and are customized for both small and growing business and larger companies, as well.”

Matinenga originally contacted GRP in November 2017 after searching properties on the GRPVA.com website. After providing regional data and touring available real estate in the area, The Quiah Group selected 5151 Old Main St. in Henrico County.

“GRP was instrumental in helping us identify which areas had the most potential in establishing a key location. We were looking for a strategic key location that is flexible, close to amenities, and good public transportation access,” Matinenga explained.

GRP’s Business Development Manager Grace Festa managed the project in partnership with the business attraction team at the Henrico County Economic Development Authority. Stephanie Felice Carter with Tristar Realty negotiated the 10-year lease on behalf of The Quiah Group with Amy Broderick and Jeff Cooke of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer representing the building owner.

 

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

About the Henrico EDA

The Henrico Economic Development Authority’s mission is to increase county revenues through the attraction of high-quality jobs and new capital investment with domestic and international companies, as well as the retention and growth of existing businesses, resulting in continued improvement of the county’s well-being and the quality of life for Henrico citizens. Visit Henrico.com to learn more.

About Quiah Group

The Quiah Group is a consulting firm that delivers expert, objective insights, with a tailored approach to help leaders. Its goal is to improve business processes, strengthen relationships, and boost relationships by providing culturally-diverse environments which foster creativity and collaboration with all the added value support needed to take businesses to the next level. Visit www.kumbayaspace.com to learn more.

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Company’s American headquarters will create more than 105 jobs

RICHMOND, VA – ERNI Electronics, Inc., a Swiss-based manufacturer of electrical connectors for the automotive, medical, and communications fields, will invest $25 million to establish a new 80,000-square-foot facility in Chesterfield County. The new state-of-the-art production and distribution facility – which is also the company’s U.S. headquarters – will create more than 105 jobs over the next five years for the Richmond Region.

“We’re very proud of the growth we’ve been able to achieve in recent years and we’ve simply outgrown the space we are in today,” said Bill Knable, ERNI Electronics, Inc., Managing Director and President. “ERNI has been a staple in the Virginia economy for some time now and after much deliberation, we’re proud to announce our decision to expand the American manufacturing and distribution footprint for ERNI right here in Chesterfield County.”

In a significant upgrade compared to its current 25-employee facility, ERNI will break ground in April and install machinery and equipment in the first quarter of 2020. The new location will incorporate manufacturing, workforce training and office functions on a new 11-acre campus in the Waterford Business Park near the interchange at Route 288 and the Powhite Parkway. The international company, which supplies the automotive and industrial automation industry of high-performance electrical connectors, has locations in more than 40 countries.

“I am thrilled that ERNI has chosen to locate their U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility expansion in Chesterfield County,” said Chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, and Vice Chair of the GRP Board of Directors, Leslie Haley. “The new, skilled jobs that ERNI plans to create will continue to help make Chesterfield a great community to live and work.”

GRP was originally contacted in July 2018 by a local real estate broker who had been contacted by site location consultant Ray Meyers of Meyers Consulting Group (MCG) for regional overview information. It was soon discovered that ERNI Electronics was preparing to build a new plant in the U.S. for a greenfield project. The company also considered South Carolina and Alabama in its expansion search.

GRP Vice President of Domestic Investment Bethany Miller worked in partnership with Matt McLaren, Senior Project Manager of Chesterfield Economic Development, on the project.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that HalioDx, an immuno-oncology cancer diagnostic company, opened its first North American facility at the Virginia Bio+Tech Park in the City of Richmond. HalioDx leased 9,000 square feet in the BioTech 8 building and plans to invest $1 million and create 20 jobs.

“After developing our international commercial network via distributors covering year-to-date 19 countries, we have now, with the opening of our Richmond lab, the capacity to offer directly Immunoscore to U.S. and Latin America patients,” said Stephane Debono, EVP of the Diagnostics Business Unit at HalioDx and CEO of HalioDx Inc.

With its headquarters in Marseille, France, HalioDx is pioneering the immunological diagnosis of cancers and improves the management of localized colon cancer. The Richmond facility received CLIA certification and is now ready to receive and run samples using its revolutionary Immunoscore technology. HalioDx has recruited a seasoned sales force and started the implementation of its reimbursement roadmap. The company plans to hire more than 20 employees over the next three years.

“I am delighted HalioDx has chosen to locate its U.S. headquarters in the heart of Richmond’s downtown VA Bio+Tech Park,” said City of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “We were recently named a ‘best location for biosciences in Virginia’ as well as a ‘top mid-sized city for foreign direct investment,’ which is why Richmond is where a foreign biotechnology firm like HalioDx will excel in the United States.”

Regional representatives originally met with HalioDx officials as part of a French marketing mission in January 2018. The firm was eager to visit the region and traveled stateside within the month to explore the region, possible clients and tour real estate. The company also considered North Carolina.

“The Greater Richmond Partnership has been instrumental in helping our company assess the pros and cons of setting our site in the area and in connecting with the BioScience ecosystem in the region,” added Vincent Fert, President and CEO of HalioDx. “We are grateful to the GRP staff for supporting our corporate French team in all administrative tasks we had to manage for setting our branch.”

Partners at the City of Richmond’s Economic Development Department Jane Ferrara and Justine Mulholland assisted the project, as well as Tracy Tynan and Jackie Hudson at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Justin Parker, Senior Director, Development at Wexford Science & Technology, and Joy Edgett, Director of Business Development and Administration at the Virginia Bio+Tech Park, negotiated the lease agreement for BioTech 8 with HalioDx.

 

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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HalioDX announcement

Anord Mardix to open second power management facility in Henrico

RICHMOND, VA – Anord Mardix, a leading provider of critical power infrastructure to the global data center industry, will invest $907,500 to establish its second U.S. operation in Henrico County in Greater Richmond, Virginia. The new facility will create more than 50 jobs.

“Just five years ago, the Henrico EDA and the Greater Richmond Partnership successfully recruited Anord from Ireland to start a new U.S. operation in Eastern Henrico; today we celebrate Anord Mardix, a result of the 2018 merger with Mardix, on their continued expansion here,” said Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors Tyrone Nelson. “Anord Mardix’s success supports Henrico’s growing data center cluster as they supply critical power infrastructure to data centers and mission-critical facilities across the globe. This U.S. headquarters and manufacturing expansion demonstrate how Henrico truly is a great place to grow your business.”

On a marketing mission to Ireland in August 2017, representatives from the Greater Richmond Partnership and Henrico Economic Development Authority met with from Kevin Finegan, CEO of Anord Mardix, as part of their continued interest and support of the company.

With one of the most comprehensive product ranges in the market, Anord Mardix (USA), Inc. manufactures and distributes low- and middle-voltage electrical switchgear and is the vendor of choice to the global data center and cloud computing industries. Products are integrated with Anord Mardix power management systems, allowing for unique service capability and customization. The company is headquartered in Co Louth, Ireland, and operates facilities in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

The Henrico Economic Development Authority identified this opportunity through their business retention and expansion efforts and led the expansion project in collaboration with regional and state partners.

About the Henrico EDA

The Henrico Economic Development Authority’s mission is to increase county revenues through the attraction of high-quality jobs and new capital investment with domestic and international companies, as well as the retention and growth of existing businesses, resulting in continued improvement of the county’s well-being and the quality of life for Henrico citizens. Visit Henrico.com to learn more.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Dutch machinery firm opens sales office in Chesterfield County

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP) announces that JASA Packaging Solutions, Inc., a food machinery automation firm, will open a sales office in the Chesterfield County Airpark on Whitepine Road. The company successfully chose the Richmond Region over Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Raleigh, N.C.

“Currently, there is a big growth in the U.S. going on in the healthy convenience market,” Sandra Somford-Pannekeet, Owner/President of JASA, explains. “Everybody wants to eat healthy, and still wants the convenience of ‘ready to eat.’ This is JASA’s sweet spot, since we already pack healthy convenience for more than 33 years. JASA is now fully ready to bring the machines to the U.S. and serve the clients directly from our own U.S. office.”

The Netherlands-based company has done business in the U.S. for the last 20 years and has existing dealers for their vertical packaging machines used by supermarkets and wholesalers. The company’s facility will include a sales office, service location and warehouse for machines and parts, with future plans for light assembly.

“At the moment a lot is happening in America when it comes to automation,” said Somford-Pannekeet. “There’s a lot of innovation and modernization happening, so this was the perfect time for us to go to America.”

JASA contacted GRP as a result of meeting ProSeal America CEO Gari Wyatt at a German trade show earlier this year. At the time, JASA was looking to expand to the U.S. and Wyatt offered his experience of machine manufacturing in the Richmond Region over the last decade. Coincidentally, JASA will start in a space once occupied by ProSeal.

“It’s an honor for previous clients to speak so highly of the region and be able to recruit other international firms,” said Olga Molnar, GRP’s Vice President of Global Investment. The Partnership recently created an International Advisory Committee to leverage existing international firms and their connections in attracting firms. “Gari’s a member of GRP’s International Advisory Committee which has already paid dividends.”

“Chesterfield County is proud to welcome JASA Packaging Solutions to a community that embraces international business,” said James M. Holland of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “We look forward to following JASA’s success as they join over 40 county-wide internationally based companies that call Chesterfield home. For over 45 years the Chesterfield Airpark Business Community has attracted high caliber companies and JASA will continue to build on that solid foundation.”

Matt McLaren, Senior Project Manager at Chesterfield County Economic Development, connected JASA representatives with Matt Anderson, Senior Vice President at CBRE | Richmond, who brokered the lease.

JASA, founded in 1985 under the name Pannekeet Machine Techniek, operates as an international specialist in the field of weighing and packaging. The JASA machines are being used worldwide from Denmark to England and from Italy to New Zealand. JASA is a fast-growing family business with an enthusiastic team of more than 75 employees.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Facebook center data project grows from two buildings to five

HENRICO — Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Facebook will invest an additional $750 million to expand its data center in Henrico County. This investment is in addition to the $1 billion investment in Henrico County that Facebook announced last year. The company will construct three new 500,000 square-foot buildings, bringing the planned total square footage to over 2.4 million square feet.

Facebook anticipates that the expanded site will support over 200 jobs once operational and will represent more than 1,500 construction jobs at peak. In addition, this phase will be supported by 100 percent renewable energy through the renewable energy tariff offered by Dominion Energy.

“The Commonwealth’s data center industry is one of the strongest in the nation, and Facebook’s decision to make a second substantial investment in Henrico County less than a year after its first announcement speaks volumes about the quality of our workforce, IT infrastructure, and business climate,” said Gov. Northam. “We are honored to have Facebook on our corporate roster, and we look forward to building on our partnership. Virginia is committed to providing the framework, tech talent, and training programs for industries of the future, and today is another milestone in our efforts to win major projects for the Commonwealth.”

“Virginia and Henrico County have been great partners from the beginning, and we are thrilled to be building on the partnership that we established nearly one year ago,” said Matt VanderZanden, Director of Site Selection at Facebook. “We are committed to investing in the economic vitality of the communities that host us. This expansion will bring additional investment, jobs and renewable energy resources to the area, and we expect will keep construction crews busy through at least 2020.”

“With data centers located around the globe, Facebook had many options when deciding where to expand, and we are thrilled the social media giant is reinvesting in its Henrico data center,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The Commonwealth will continue to ensure Virginia is the best home for tech and data center companies. We thank Facebook for its significant investment in Henrico County and Virginia.”

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, discover what’s going on in the world, and share and express what matters to them.

“Henrico County is thrilled to share the news that our friends at Facebook continue to see value and opportunity in our community,” said Tyrone E. Nelson, Varina District Supervisor and Vice Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “This additional investment is affirmation that the company made the right choice last year when it selected Henrico’s White Oak Technology Park as the site for its new data center. The infrastructure is here, and so is the talent to support it. The first phase of the project is well underway, and Henrico County is excited for the additional jobs and investment that this significant expansion will bring.”

“Facebook’s decision to expand in Henrico County is a win-win situation both for Facebook, and most importantly, my constituents,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Virginia is a critical technology hub—this data center will bring good-paying jobs to the highly trained workers here. I will continue to support legislation in Congress that will advance successful private-public partnerships like the one announced today. Thank you, Governor Northam.”

“Facebook’s additional investment is a recognition that Virginia is an attractive place for technology businesses,” said Sen. Jennifer McClellan. “I am pleased that the new expansion will be powered by renewables, ensuring returns for today’s workers and future generations.”

“It’s very exciting to be celebrating one of Henrico County’s newest corporate partners again so soon with a significant reinvestment,” said Del. Lamont Bagby. “Facebook announced an ambitious build-out for its Henrico data center, and they have been working aggressively to meet that timeline. I commend them on their commitment to the County and Virginia, and am proud to have Facebook call the 74th District home.”

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Highway asset management company opens operation in City of Richmond

WDM specializes in improving road safety for American drivers

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that WDM USA, a subsidiary of W.D.M. Ltd, a leading global manufacturer of road surveying equipment and provider of survey services and asset management software solutions, has established its first U.S. operation in the City of Richmond, Va. The Bristol, UK-based company plans to invest $1 million to start U.S. operations.

“I would like to welcome WDM USA to the City of Richmond and our tech community,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “Making our roads safer will save lives, and we’re thankful to be the first U.S. home of a technology company dedicated to achieving that outcome.”

“More than 40,000 people are killed on U.S. roads annually – another 4.6 million seriously injured. The U.S. Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) has identified that continuous measurement of road surface friction could contribute considerably towards reducing those numbers,” said Chris Gardiner, President of WDM USA. “Our office in Richmond will be a strategic partner to highway authorities at federal, state, and local levels looking to reduce injuries and save lives.”

WDM produces the SCRIM road survey vehicle, which has helped deliver safer roads and save lives worldwide for more than 50 years. The SCRIM survey vehicle complements existing road survey methods with its unique ability to continuously measure surface friction, including at intersections and on horizontal curves. Greater surface friction reduces both the likelihood and severity of roadway departure crashes, a key focus of many states’ strategic roadway safety plans. By linking SCRIM survey data with a skid policy, the number of skid-related fatalities in other countries using SCRIM technology have been reduced by as much as 40 percent.

FHWA commissioned a purpose-built SCRIM survey vehicle in 2014, which has been used to evaluate roads in six states. WDM USA will begin offering SCRIM surveys in all states in 2019.

“The Richmond Region has a wonderful bond with UK-based companies, providing a soft landing for international firms,” said Barry I. Matherly, CEcD, President and CEO of the GRP. “WDM marks our 42nd British company in Greater Richmond.”

WDM USA has employed a Director of Business Development to build links within the transportation sector and generate survey and consultative service opportunities. The company anticipates adding employees in 2019 to operate the SCRIM road survey vehicles and building towards a possible U.S. manufacturing operation in the years ahead.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) introduced GRP to the project. WDM USA’s new Director of Business Development, Ryland Potter, spent the previous five years as a managing director with VEDP, encouraging new companies to invest in the state.

About the GRP

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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