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Niagara Bottling establishing $95 million manufacturing operation in Meadowvile

New Mid-Atlantic operation will create 76 new jobs in Chesterfield

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CHESTERFIELDGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Niagara Bottling LLC, a family-owned and operated bottled beverage supplier, will invest $95 million to establish a manufacturing and bottling operation at Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. The company utilizes state-of-the-art filtration to produce its Niagara brand and private label bottled water. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland for the project, which will create 76 new jobs.

 

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“Recruiting companies such as Niagara Bottling is at the heart of our efforts to create jobs, diversify and build a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Niagara is a leading bottled water supplier in the United States and has been family owned and operated since 1963. We are pleased Niagara chose Chesterfield County for this significant expansion, and are confident the company will thrive in the Commonwealth, thanks to our strategic location and motivated workforce.”

 

“I welcome Niagara Bottling to the Commonwealth. Chesterfield will be a strategic location for its new manufacturing and bottling center,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I am pleased we were able to assist the company in their east coast expansion and efforts to reach a growing customer base. The Commonwealth offers the best overall business environment for a company to grow, and I am confident Niagara Bottling will benefit from our world-class assets. Congratulations to Niagara Bottling and Chesterfield County!”

 

Niagara Bottling is the largest private label bottled water supplier in the U.S., supplying major retailers across the nation. Headquartered in Ontario, California, the company began as a family business in 1963 by offering five-gallon containers for home and office delivery. Niagara expanded in the early 1990s to offer single-serve private label bottle water for grocery, club, convenience and wholesale customers and has established itself as a national leader in high quality, affordable bottled water.

 

“Niagara Bottling, LLC is committed to providing a high-quality product with unmatched quality service to its customers,” said Brian Hess, Executive Vice President of Operation for Niagara. “The Chesterfield, VA location allows the company to fulfill that commitment by providing an optimal location that is close to both its existing and growing customer market.”

 

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Chesterfield County Economic Development worked with The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Greater Richmond Partnership and Thomas W. Turner, SIOR, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Hart Industrial Group to secure this project for Chesterfield.

 

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling, LLC to Chesterfield,” said Steve Elswick, Chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “Niagara falls within two of the county’s target clusters, food and beverage and advanced manufacturing. Niagara’s manufacturing and filling facility will be the most efficient and sustainable in the world. The 76 manufacturing jobs are just the type of employment opportunities we want for our Chesterfield residents.

 

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“Niagara is the largest private-label beverage supplier in the country, and bottled water is the number one bottled beverage in the nation,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, Bermuda District Supervisor. “We are extremely pleased that such an outstanding brand has joined the list of leading brands that continue to choose Meadowville. I am particularly impressed with Niagara’s commitment to their employees and to the communities in which they have located.”

 

“It is great to have Niagara Bottling coming to Chesterfield County,” said Delegate Riley Ingram. “Meadowville is an excellent location and the jobs are very much appreciated and needed in this area.”

 

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“I am extremely grateful that Niagara Bottling LLC has decided to invest $95 million in Virginia, particularly Chesterfield County,” said Senator Rosalyn Dance. “This creation of jobs and the business investment will further diversify Virginia’s economy. An investment of this magnitude doesn’t happen without a tremendous amount of hard work and coordination between the Administration and all of the involved stakeholders. On behalf of the region I am extremely grateful.”

 

Choate Construction, who has partnered with Niagara on their last seven facilities, will be constructing the new facility.

 

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Meadowville is a village built at the intersection of roads and rivers, information and infrastructure, power and people. At Meadowville, tomorrow’s businesses are connecting today. Niagara Bottling joins Northrup Grumman, Amazon, Capital One and Medline in this premiere location in Chesterfield County. Meadowville is one of Virginia’s largest, most innovative, and most connected employment centers. Its 900 acres are connected to world markets by the James River, the Richmond International Airport, Interstates 64, 95, and 85 and the tree lined Meadowville Technology Parkway.

 

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Contact: Derieth Sutton, Niagara Bottling LLC, (949) 910-3950, dsutton@niagarawater.com Garrett Hart, Director, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550, ghart@chesterfieldbusines.com

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Chesterfield Ranks As Top Spot for Logistics Businesses

The Richmond.com has posted an article by Times-Dispatch staff writer John Reid Blackwell about a recent study of locations for logistics-related businesses where Chesterfield came out as top ranked.

Chesterfield County has been ranked as the top location on the East Coast, and one of the best places in the nation, for logistics-related businesses.

A study by The Boyd Co., a Princeton, N.J.-based corporate site-selection consulting firm, said Chesterfield has the lowest annual operating costs for distribution warehouses among the top 25 areas in the nation for logistics businesses.

Read the entire story on Richmond.com.

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Medline Nearing Completion of Distribution Center in Meadowville

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Medline Industries has nearly completed construction on its 400,000 square-foot distribution center in Meadowville Technology Park. The project is located on a 63-acre site across from Amazon’s 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center.

The facility incorporates the latest in sustainable building techniques. The building will have an 8,000-square-foot main office space with an 8,000-square-foot mezzanine for future office needs. There will be a 1,500-square-foot shipping and receiving office along with 52 dock doors, two drive-in doors and a 750 kilowatt backup generator.

Warehouse space will be equipped with T-5 lighting with motion sensors and daylight harvesters. A building management system will monitor electrical and mechanical systems. In addition, the building will have 400 skylights and LED lighting for energy savings.

The company expects to be operational at the facility in October.

Capital One Officially Opens New Data Center in Chesterfield

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Governor Terry McAuliffe and Chesterfield Supervisors Holland and Jaeckle joined Virginia-based Capital One Financial Corporation to celebrate the official grand opening of its new data center in Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. This Virginia data center is part of Capital One’s core IT infrastructure that incorporates new technologies to better meet customer needs now and in the future. Capital One expects to create more than 100 new technology and IT support roles in 2014 in Central Virginia.

Speaking at the event, Governor McAuliffe said, “Virginia has been home to Capital One for more than two decades, and the company continues to illustrate its commitment to the Commonwealth through major investments in our communities. The creation of 100 new technology jobs is a testament to Virginia’s strong workforce and is in line with my top priority of growing and diversifying our economy and making Virginia a leader in 21st Century industries. ”

Founded and headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One is the country’s 7th largest bank based on deposits, and is now the largest direct bank in the country. The company employs more than 15,000 associates in Virginia and more than 43,000 globally. Capital One Bank has approximately 900 retail branches, including 85 in the Commonwealth.

“We recognize the need to continually adapt and innovate to enrich the quality of our customer experience,” said Rob Alexander, Chief Information Officer of Capital One. “This new data center is a bold example of the value we place on having the best technology to deliver on our customer mission, and we are proud to continue our strong relationship with Virginia and expand our workforce here.”

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Built in just 14 months, Capital One employed innovative technology and green practices throughout its 242,000 square foot facility.  Designed to be scalable to match future growth, the data center is built to stringent standards, including redundant power supply and significant backup systems to ensure uninterrupted critical services.  Additionally, the design and construction of the facility incorporated environmentally sensitive elements to minimize environmental impact and increase efficiency. Its ongoing operations also employ many green practices to meet or exceed stringent environmental standards. As a result of these efforts, the site has achieved LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.   LEED is the most widely recognized and used green building certification program, with 56,000 LEED projects worldwide, representing nearly 9 billion square feet of building space.

InformationWeek named Capital One as one the top innovators in the U.S for 2013, recognizing the company as a leader in leveraging technology to drive innovation and digital banking capabilities to enable a digital-first customer experience.  Capital One was recently recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and named one of the “Top 50 Organizations for Diversity” by Diversity Businessmagazine. Fortune names Capital One as a “Best Company for Leaders,” and Working Mother calls Capital One, one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” as well as “Best Companies for Hourly Workers.”

Capital One is committed to advancing economic development, affordable housing, financial literacy and education to help individuals, families, and small business owners achieve their financial goals. In partnership with Junior Achievement of the Greater Washington and Fairfax County Public Schools, Capital One maintains a state-of-the-art financial literacy center on the campus of Frost Middle School in Fairfax that provides more than 14,000 middle school students a year with hands-on experience in budgeting, saving and smart spending.

Medline Industries to Locate New Distribution Center In Chesterfield

Medline287Medline Industries, Inc. headquartered in Mundelein, Illinois, is expanding its distribution presence in Chesterfield County, Virginia, by building a new 400,000 square-foot facility in Meadowville Technology Park. Medline currently operates a distribution center in southern Chesterfield County. The company currently has 25 employees in the county, and will invest $21 million and create 25 additional positions with this project.

Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the United States, providing more than 350,000 products that serve the entire continuum of care. Their innovative products and programs can be found in most hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, physicians’ offices, homecare dealers, home health agencies and retail outlets. Their customers depend upon Medline to provide support during times of need. When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, Medline provided vital medical supplies. When earthquakes ravaged Haiti and Japan, Medline responded with materials and logistical support.

“We are very excited that Medline has selected Chesterfield County for their new distribution center,” said Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dorothy Jaeckle. “The fact that they are one of our existing businesses and again chose Chesterfield makes it all the better. The company will benefit from the outstanding location that Meadowville offers for all of their logistical operations.”

“Medline Industries is a valued member of our corporate family,” said Jay Stegmaier, county administrator for Chesterfield County. “To have an international corporate leader in the healthcare industry continue to commit to Chesterfield County is quite a testament. We are proud to have them in Chesterfield County and look forward to their continued success.” Chesterfield County worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Chesterfield.

Medline’s history dates back more than a century to when A.L. Mills started the Northwestern Garment Factory in 1910, manufacturing aprons for the Chicago stockyards. Today, Medline is a $5 billion dollar global company grown from humble beginnings that continues to be successful because of its entrepreneurial spirit and small-business values. Medline has 37 distribution centers in North America and 47 throughout the world. They employ more than 9,000 worldwide with operations in more than 25 countries.

Tina Shreve, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550, shrevet@chesterfieldbusiness.com

Amazon Making Investments at Its Chesterfield Fulfillment Center

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The Richmond-Times Dispatch is reporting Amazon is making new investments at its Chesterfield Fulfillment Center.

Online retailer Amazon.com is completing work this year at its Chesterfield County distribution center that will increase the plant’s inventory capacity, a regional director for the company said Tuesday.

The Seattle-based retailer, which opened two large distribution sites in the Richmond area in the fall, also is moving some of the part-time employees it hired during the holiday season into full-time work, said Tim Coates, regional director for Amazon’s fulfillment services.

By summer, “we will have doubled our ability to put inventory in” at the Chesterfield site, Coates told members of the Richmond Association for Business Economics. “We are also putting in more equipment. A lot of investments are happening in that building in Chesterfield.”

The work now occurring at the site includes adding equipment such as an inventory management system that was part of the original plan for the site but was not completed before the holiday shopping season rush, Coates said.

Amazon completed most of the work on the centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties last year, and the first products were shipped to customers by October.

Each centers is 1 million square feet — or each nearly as big as Short Pump Town Center — but they handle different types of products.

The Chesterfield warehouse ships high volumes of small items such as books and DVDs, Coates said, while the Dinwiddie facility handles larger items such as golf bags, stereos and kayaks.

The two centers employ more than 2,000 people, a spokeswoman said.

Amazon has been expanding its network of fulfillment centers nationwide to get products to its customers “as quickly as possible at the lowest possible price,” said Coates, who also manages Amazon’s Indianapolis fulfillment centers.

“We’re in the Richmond area because it is the best place to be for our customers,” said Coates, whose talk drew a sold-out crowd of 65 for the association’s monthly meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Richmond Times-Dispatch – March 6, 2013

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Amazon’s Chesterfield Site Now Shipping Products

The Richmond-Times Dispatch is reporting Amazon shipped it’s first products from the Chesterfield Fulfillment Center.

Online retailer Amazon.com said Thursday that its fulfillment center in Chesterfield County shipped its first package late Wednesday.

The shipment, a pair of over-prescription shooting glasses for $8.10, went to a customer in Virginia, the company said.

The startup of the Chesterfield plant comes just a week after another new Amazon distribution center in Dinwiddie County shipped its first product — a Crock-Pot slow cooker for $19.99 — to a customer in Michigan.

Amazon said about 750 people have started work at the Chesterfield fulfillment center in Meadowville Technology Park, while about 250 are working at the plant in Dinwiddie Commerce Park.

The company said it expects to hire more people for seasonal jobs at both sites to help fill orders during the holiday season.

Amazon has been taking job applications at the website www.workatamazonfulfillment.com. On Thursday, the site did not list any open jobs in Virginia, but a company spokeswoman said the site will be updated as openings become available.

The Meadowville fulfillment center has 1.1 million square feet of space and ships packages that range from auto parts and consumer electronics to office supplies and books, the company said.

The Dinwiddie plant is 1 million square feet and ships larger items.

Amazon announced plans to open both plants in December. The $135 million investment is expected to create 1,350 jobs.

Richmond Times-Dispatch – October 5, 2012

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Capital One Investing $150M+ in Chesterfield Data Center

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Virginia-based Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) will invest more than $150 million to establish a new data center in Chesterfield County. This Virginia data center is part of Capital One’s core IT infrastructure that incorporates new technologies to better meet customer needs. Capital One recently completed the acquisitions of ING Direct and HSBC’s US credit card portfolio. The project will create at least 50 new jobs.  Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas for the project.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Virginia has been home to Capital One for more than two decades, and the company continues to grow its foundation. As our 9th largest private sector employer, Capital One is a major corporate partner to the Commonwealth. We are proud that the company will make this tremendous investment to enhance its IT infrastructure and establish a new data center in Chesterfield County.

“Cutting-edge information technology is now a priority for all companies in the domestic and global marketplace,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Capital One’s new data center in Chesterfield County will give the company a competitive edge as it continues to expand. Winning this project was a priority, and we are thrilled to gain an investment of this magnitude and 50 new jobs.”

“This project is another great example of how the IT industry helps fuel Virginia’s economic engine, and we warmly welcome Capital One to Chesterfield County,” said Jim Duffey, Virginia Secretary of Technology.

Founded and headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One is the country’s 6th largest bank based on deposits, and with the acquisition of ING Direct, is now the largest direct bank in the country. Capital One employs over 14,000 associates in Virginia. Capital One Bank has approximately 1,000 retail branches, including 88 in the Commonwealth.

“In today’s environment, information technology is a competitive advantage,” said Rob Alexander, Chief Information Officer of Capital One Financial Corporation. “With the new Chesterfield data center as a key element of the company’s simplified and automated infrastructure, we are proud to continue our strong relationship with Virginia and expand our workforce here.”

“Capital One is a national giant in both banking and technology,” said Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chairman Daniel Gecker. “The location of their state-of- the-art data center in Chesterfield County will result in a great partnership for years to come. On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I am pleased to welcome Capital One’s new and continued investment.”

“Capital One is an outstanding company and an outstanding corporate citizen,” said Jay Stegmaier, County Administrator for Chesterfield County. “The opportunities that they provide enhance the economy as well as our entire regional community.”

Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Chesterfield. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.  “Dominion Power was a valuable ally and team member during this entire project” said Will Davis, Chesterfield County’s Director of Economic Development. “Their economic development department was critical to our success.”

Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) added, “I am excited Capital One has chosen to expand its operations in the Fourth Congressional district and bring more jobs to the people of Virginia. Capital One is the largest bank headquartered in Virginia and we are proud they are making this information technology investment domestically at home in the Commonwealth.”

Capital One was recently recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and named one of the “Top 50 Organizations for Diversity” by Diversity Business magazine. In 2011, Fortune lauded Capital One as a “Best Company for Leaders,” and Working Mother called Capital One, one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” as well as “Best Companies for Hourly Workers.”

Contact:
Julie Rakes, Capital One,  (804) 284-5800,  julie.rakes@capitalone.com
Garrett Hart, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550, ghart@chesterfieldbusiness.com

Amazon to Invest $85 million in Chesterfield Fulfillment Center

Governor McDonnell, Amazon.com Announce Company’s Plans to Open Two Fulfillment Centers in Virginia, Creating More than 1,350 New Jobs

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Amazon.com.kydc LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc., will invest a total of $135 million to establish two fulfillment centers in Virginia. The company will invest $85 million and create 1,000 jobs in Chesterfield County, and invest $50 million in Dinwiddie County, creating 350 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “This project that includes a $135 million investment and more than 1,350 new jobs is a tremendous win for the greater Richmond region. Amazon is a billion dollar company that is known all over the world, and the new centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties will fulfill orders from placement to delivery within their target customer range in just one to two days. Amazon operates data centers in three other locations in Virginia, and the establishment of these new operations is testament to the positive business climate and success the company has experienced in the Commonwealth.”

“We are so pleased that international Internet giant Amazon has selected Chesterfield County for its new one million square foot fulfillment center,” said Art Warren, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “It is exciting that this outstanding announcement coincides with the opening of the new Meadowville interchange which will benefit everyone, present and future. And, the infrastructure surrounding this announcement further positions the Meadowville Technology Park as a key destination for business. Welcome Amazon as the newest member of our corporate family!”

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business.

“We look forward to opening two new Amazon facilities in the Richmond area next year, bringing tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of new jobs to the state,” said Dave Clark, vice-president, Amazon North American Operations. “We’re grateful to Governor McDonnell and other state, county and local officials for their commitment to our investment in Virginia.”

As a new member of the Chesterfield and Dinwiddie County communities, Amazon also announced that it is donating $10,000 to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which will be allocated to food banks in these counties.

“Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties were chosen for this significant project due to the ease and speed with which the facilities can be built and become operational,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “In addition, the skill and availability of the region’s workforce were key factors. We are thrilled that Amazon recognized the assets and solid infrastructure in place in the greater Richmond region and will make a great investment to establish its newest fulfillment centers in Virginia.”

“We are extremely proud to have Amazon locate in Chesterfield County. Their name is certainly known worldwide and we are pleased to be a part of their dynamic growth. We are very fortunate that a strong cooperative spirit, even in tight economic times, has generated positive results,” said Jay Stegmaier, County Administrator for Chesterfield County.

Both the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and the Chesterfield Business Council expressed their excitement and support for Amazon’s announcement. “This major economic development announcement further identifies Chesterfield County has a premier location for business and a place to live, work, and play. Congratulations Amazon and welcome to the community,” said Brennan Keene, Chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Mary Ellin Arch, Chair of the Chesterfield Business Council, said, “On behalf of the Chesterfield Business Council, we welcome Amazon to the region and especially to Chesterfield County. We look forward to working with you.”

In addition to Chesterfield Economic Development, Amazon was assisted in their site selection process by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Greater Richmond Partnership, and Virginia’s Gateway Region. Governor McDonnell approved a total of $3.5 million in grants from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist both Chesterfield County and Dinwiddie County with the project. The company is eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. 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.

“The location decision by Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer is a true testimony of the tremendous business climate companies enjoy in our region” said Renee Chapline, Virginia’s Gateway Region Executive Director.

“The news that Amazon has made two significant investments in our metropolitan area reinforces our strategy of targeting logistics companies to Greater Richmond. Chesterfield County’s Meadowville site with its newly opened interchange at I-295 is well positioned to be very attractive to other companies in this industry cluster well into the future,” said Gregory H. Wingfield, President, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.

Chesterfield Economic Development
Contact: Will Davis
Phone: (804) 318-8550
E-mail: wdavis@chesterfieldbusiness.com

Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne West
Phone: (804) 545-5806
E-mail: Swest@yesvirginia.org

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