• Total employment of nearly 660,000 in the Richmond metro area includes nearly 33,000 in manufacturing.
  • A proven, productive, and skilled labor force is comfortable with 24/7 operations and advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical, chemical and life science, electrical and computer, mechanical, and nuclear engineering and in computer science.
  • At VCU’s da Vinci Center for Innovation students from the engineering, business and art schools collaborate to solve research problems for corporate clients.
  • Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College offer certifications for Manufacturing Technician and Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant Level 1 positions in partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) and Seimens.
  • Virginia is a right-to-work state with low levels of unionization and union election activity.
  • Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Compensation costs are among the lowest in the nation.
  • The region is strategically located at the mid-point of the East Coast with Interstates I-64, I-95, I-85, and I-295 converging in the metro area.
  • There are more than 100 motor freight companies and brokers.
  • The Richmond Marine Terminal is served by 64 Express barge service and connects to the Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads via the James River. The Port of Virginia, third largest container port on the U.S. East Coast, is only 100 miles away.
  • CSX and Norfolk Southern provide rail service.
  • Foreign Trade Zone 207 at Richmond International Airport allows companies to defer paying customs duties on goods until they leave the zone for domestic consumption.
  • Building costs are 13 percent below the national average.
  • Ready-to-go sites with zoning, water and sewer, transportation access, and competitive incentives are available throughout the region.