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Greater Richmond has a long list of successful manufacturing companies in the business community including DuPont’s largest Kevlar facility in the U.S. and Cascades’ $300 million paperboard facility. Manufacturing and R&D facilities thrive here with an abundance of workforce talent from the corporate suite to the assembly line.

Advanced manufacturing technologies, including computer-aided engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, robotics and automated materials handling, are applied across the manufacturing sector to improve efficiency and productivity. Subcategories of this cluster include:

  • Machinery
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Fine Chemicals

Richmond’s Advantages

Reach 45 percent of the U.S. population within a one-day delivery drive

Manufacturing-specific educational programs include VCU’s School of Engineering, VCU’s da Vinci Center for Innovation and community colleges offering certifications in partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI).

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.

Ready-to-go sites with zoning, water and sewer, transportation access and competitive incentives are available throughout the region.

Greater Richmond 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.

Representative Companies

After looking back after a year – 18 months of this project – we absolutely wouldn’t do anything different at all. Ian HemstockGroup Operations Director, BGB

33,000

local manufacturing workers

660,000

total workforce in the Richmond MSA

13%

building costs below the national average

Local Resources + Support

Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Founded under a public-private partnership, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is an applied research center and not-for-profit collaborative that delivers solutions for complex advanced manufacturing challenges.

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Available as a pdf, this helpful two-page flyer provides a brief summary and assets of the Advanced Manufacturing industry in Greater Richmond, Va.

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Mitchel Allen

Mitchel Allen

Executive Vice President of Business Development