Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials

With enhanced research and automation, companies flourish in high quality production of wood products, food processing, energy, and bio-based product companies who call Southern Virginia home.

Ready for Advanced Materials Facilities

Availability of class-one rail-served sites and buildings (Norfolk Southern Railway)

Abundance of excess water and sewer capacities throughout the region

Access to Mid-Atlantic Gateway at Port of Virginia and International Airports

Natural gas extended to majority of sites and buildings

Robust fiber with speeds to 1.3 terabytes per second

Abundant electric capacity with competitive rates

Mile per minute transportation ratio

Available sites and infrastructure from incubation to megasites with available pads, shell buildings and existing facilities

Air attainment zone with low risk of natural disaster

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Existing Industry | *FDI, **DoD Supplier

A Growing International Community

Southern Virginia has a growing international community. The below flags signify the countries that already call Southern Virginia home.

Reasons to Be Here

  • Certified Defense Manufacturing Community
  • Available Clean Room Facilities & Launch Spaces
  • ChemQuest Technologies Institute
  • Analytical Characterization and Processing Labs
  • Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing
  • UVA Corrosion and Electrochemistry Center
  • Centered Between NC State University & VA Tech with Major Access to Engineers
  • VA Tech Affliated Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS)
  • Center for Manufacturing Advancement Launch Bays & Optimization Center
  • U.S. Navy Center for Excellence in Additive Manufacturers
  • DoD Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM)
  • VA Tech Materials and Metrology Department

Industry Recognized Workforce Partners & Credentials

  • Paulson Polymer Processing
  • Mitutoyo CMM Training Parternship
  • Sandvik Coromant Tooling Certification
  • HAAS National Training Partnership
  • NIMS Precision Machining Certification
  • FANUC Factory Automation & Robotics
  • Siemens Certified Mechatronics Systems
  • MSSC Manufacturing Production
  • Advanced Film Certification
  • NCCER and AWS Welding Certifications
  • Council for Six Sigma Certification
  • ASQ Certification
  • AMTEK Fluid Power Certification
  • DOL OSHA 10 – General & Construction
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Jurisdictions in Southern Virginia are ACT Certified Work Ready Communities (Virginia’s Original Pilot Program).

Training Resources

IALR’s Advanced Materials Labs with Industry Access

IALR’s Center for Manufacturing Advancement & Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining

Old Dominion University at IALR Four-Year Manufacturing Engineering Technology major

Danville Community College Programs of Study: Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Custom Workforce Training

G3: Financial Assistance for Qualified Applicants in Manufacturing and Skilled Trades

Patrick & Henry Community College: Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Film Technology, Industrial Controls, Industrial Maintenance, Robotics, Machining Technician

Virginia Tech Programs of Study: Chemical Engineering, Packaging Systems, General Engineering, and Industrial & Systems Engineering