Taylor Thornley Keeney
Suzanne West Clark
Governor McDonnell Announces 50 New Jobs in Scott County
-VFP, Inc. to invest $3.5 million to expand manufacturing operation-
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that VFP, Inc., a producer of quality prefabricated structures to the telecommunications, power, and modular building industries, will invest $3.5 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Scott County. Virginia successfully competed against Tennessee for the project, which will create 50 new jobs.
Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “VFP, Inc. is a strong Virginia company that has thrived here since its founding in 1965. Its shelters protect critical equipment in all 50 states and around the world on all seven continents, and are produced in Scott County. VFP's manufacturing facilities on its campus in Duffield allow all construction and equipment integration to be performed under one roof, providing timely completion and consistent quality. With this expansion, the company will continue to grow its operation and create 50 new job opportunities. We commend VFP’s success in the Commonwealth over the last 48 years, and look forward to the decades to come.”
“VFP, Inc. has maintained a reputation for quality products and experienced phenomenal growth over nearly five decades,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Across the globe VFP buildings have withstood hurricanes, earthquakes and the full spectrum of environmental extremes, and we are proud that the company’s products are manufactured in Scott County. This expansion project is a great testament to the skilled workforce and opportunity for long-term success in the Commonwealth.”
Headquartered in Salem, Virginia, VFP has provided quality prefabricated structures to the telecommunications, power, and modular building industries since 1965. Design flexibility, a diverse product line, unmatched quality, and superior customer service are trademarks of the company. A commitment to excellence in engineering, manufacturing, integration and on-site installation has earned VFP a worldwide reputation for quality workmanship and superior customer service.
"VFP has over 48 years of excellence in shelter design and manufacturing, providing quality prefabricated structures to the telecommunications, power, and modular building industries,” said Jerry Arnold, CEO, VFP, Inc. “Since moving our manufacturing to Scott County in the 1990s, we have continued to grow. This is largely due to the support we have received from our valued employees. VFP is grateful to be located in Scott County with an available workforce and local talent that can meet our vast manufacturing needs. We also owe special thanks for the continued support and assistance we have received over the years from our local, regional, and state agencies. They have played an integral role in our ability to continue to grow in Scott County.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Scott County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Scott County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $160,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority also assisted with the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.
“On behalf of the county, we congratulate the company for their new investment and jobs for our residents and the region as a whole,” said Danny Mann, Chairman, Scott County Board of Supervisors. “We appreciate the coordinated efforts of the state and regional agencies for their work on the project.”
"I am pleased that my colleagues and I on the Tobacco Commission were able to approve substantial Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds in support of such an important project for Scott County," said Senator Charles W. Carrico, member, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. "In difficult economic times, when every job matters, adding 50 new jobs in our region with a company like VFP, Inc. is very exciting."