Amazon Web Services Announces 500 New Jobs in Virginia

Amazon Web Services, a business unit within, recently announced plans to establish a new office in Fairfax County and create 500 new jobs.

The multi-million-dollar investment is driven by increased demand for the company’s cloud services business. Amazon Web Services provides a low-cost technology infrastructure platform in the cloud for business, government and start-up customers in more than 190 countries across the globe.

The location in Fairfax County provides Amazon Web Services with close proximity to its government customers, as well as an extremely advanced IT workforce. Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers, according to Cyberstates 2013. already has a strong presence in the Commonwealth. In 2011, the company announced it would establish two fulfillment centers in Central Virginia for a total investment of $135 million, creating more than 1,350 new jobs.

The company’s focus on providing cutting-edge services for its customers is closely aligned with the innovative, pro-business environment in the Commonwealth. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising States 2013, Virginia is the No. 1 state in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) job concentration and has the No. 1 share of high-tech businesses. In addition, up to 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic flows through the Commonwealth each day.

To learn why technology leaders like Accenture, CSC, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Oracle and SAIC have all established operations in Virginia, click here.


Indian Global Solutions Company Selects the Commonwealth

Within a few months of its March announcement, Aditya Birla Minacs celebrated the opening of its call-center operation in Henrico County. This project is being driven by the company’s growing technology client base, and is expected to bring 250 new high-tech jobs to the greater Richmond region.

Aditya Birla Minacs is a leading business solutions company, providing a broad range of outsourced services to corporations across the globe. It is a member of the Aditya Birla Group, a $40 billion company in the league of the Fortune 500.

Having gained a reputation for its high-tech capabilities, the company’s call-center operation in Henrico County is expected to focus its support on mobile applications. One reason Virginia was chosen for this project is due to its strong talent in the IT and professional services sectors.

The professional services industry was once again Virginia's top sector by employment in 2012, generating nearly 5,000 new jobs. With the highest concentration of high-tech workers, according to Cyberstates 2013, and the No. 1 share of high-tech businesses, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Virginia has become a world-class center for technology companies. To learn more, click here.

Virginia’s F&B Industry Scores Another Win with HP Hood's Expansion

HP Hood recently announced plans to expand its facility in Frederick County through an $84.6 million investment that will create 75 new jobs.

This project represents the biggest investment in 30 years by an expanding company in Frederick County. It will allow the company to increase its ultra-high-temperature production capacity. This method of pasteurizing milk products allows a longer shelf life, and the Frederick County plant is the largest facility of its type in the U.S.

HP Hood is one of the primary dairy producers in the country, with nearly $2 billion in sales and 15 plants across the U.S. The company’s well-known brands include Hood®, Crowley, Simply Smart® milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® coffee creamers, HERSHEY’S® milk and milkshakes, and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® almond milk.

The company has successfully operated the Frederick County plant since 2001, growing to 500 employees with the help of this expansion.

Virginia’s food and beverage industry is expanding at a rapid pace. So far in 2013, Virginia food and beverage companies have announced 18 projects, creating 1,100 jobs and bringing almost $510 million of investment into the Commonwealth.

Food and beverage companies love Virginia because the Commonwealth provides a strategic East Coast location, premier transportation network, highly-productive advanced manufacturing workforce, favorably priced utility rates and a corporate tax rate of six percent that remains unchanged since 1972.

To learn why leading food and beverage companies like Hershey Foods, McKee Foods, Nestlé Prepared Foods, Kraft Foods and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters have all established operations in Virginia, click here.

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