Advanced Manufacturing

ESS Technologies is located in Blacksburg and

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Manufacturing has been thriving in Montgomery County for decades. We are strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region along I-81, utility costs are below national averages, and our blue collar workforce is among the most innovative and cost-effective in the world.

REGIONAL CLUSTER (2011)

  • Employment -4,338
  • Average Annual Wage - $57,518

Source: Innovation in American Regions

AREA COMPANIES

  • Aegisound* (Christiansburg, VA) - Delivers the industry's strongest and safest protection, noise suppression and communications solutions for continuous noise environments over 105 to 150 db(A)
  • Aeroprobe Corp.* (Christiansburg, VA) - Aeroprobe provides air data measurement systems to aerospace, automotive, turbomachinery, wind turbine, and wind tunnel testing industries around the world
  • BAE SYSTEMS (Radford, VA) - A Global defense, aerospace and security company that manages the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Montgomery/Pulaski counties.  The plant is the sole supplier of TNT to the US Department of Defense.
  • Celanese (Pearisburg, VA) - A global technology and specialty materials company that engineers and manufactures a wide variety of products essential to everyday living
  • Corning, Inc. (Blacksburg, VA) - A the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics
  • Federal Mogul (Blacksburg, VA) - World leader in the manufacturing of bearings, bushings and thrust washers for the automotive industry
  • Eaglepicher Wolverine, LLC (Blacksburg, VA) - Produces and sells performance-critical, specialty elastomer coated metals used in gaskets for automotive & industrial applications; automotive brake noise insulators and NVH (noise, vibration & harshness) damping solutions for automotive and NSV (noise, shock & vibration) for consumer electronics application
  • ESS Technologies* (Blacksburg, VA) — Designs, manufactures, and integrates packaging machinery and robotics for the primary and secondary packaging of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutraceuticals, consumer products, and cosmetics
  • Hubbell Lighting (Christiansburg, VA) - Manufactures a comprehensive range of indoor and outdoor lighting products to industrial, commercial and institutional applications and is the largest manufacturer of residential lighting fixtures in North America
  • Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) - a leading provider of motion systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the globe
  • Luna Innovations, Inc (Blacksburg, VA) - Luna Innovations develops and manufactures new-generation products for the healthcare, telecommunications, energy and defense markets
  • Moog Components Group* (Blacksburg, VA) - Manufacturer of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high performance actuation products control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, and automated industrial machinery
  • Pheniox Packaging (Pulaski) - Develops and manufactures unique packaging for the food, wine, spirits, beer, pharmaceutical, fragrance, cosmetic, and personal care industries
  • Prestar Packaging* (Christiansburg, VA)- A family owned box manufacturing company that produces paper board set-up boxes and trays for many applications, such as game and candy boxes, and boxes for anything from pharmaceuticals to engine bearings
  • Prime Photonics* (Blacksburg, VA) - Develops and markets fiber optic sensors, wireless sensors, energy harvesting and metamaterials with an emphasis on extreme environment sensor applications.
  • Rowe Furniture, INC (Elliston, VA) - Manufacturer of upholstered and wood household furniture
  • Techsburg (Christiansburg, VA) - A machine shop for turnkey engineering solutions, engineering design and consulting
  • TORC Robotics* (Blacksburg, VA) - A leader in robotic autonomous vehicle solutions by providing Unmanned Vehicle Kits and proven modular Robotic Building Blocks
  • VPT, Inc.* (Blacksburg, VA) - A global provider of power conversion solutions for the rapid development of critical power systems in avionics, military, and space applications
  • Volvo Trucks North America* (Dublin, VA) - A leading heavy truck and engine manufacturers in the world

*Company headquartered locally

AREA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Virginia Tech

At Virginia Tech, research on business and manufacturing processes involves faculty members and students in the Pamplin College of Business, College of Engineering, and College of Natural Resources working on issues ranging from marketing to moving goods.  READ MORE

New River Community College

  • Computer Aided Design - Takes students from an entry level CAD class their first semester, to highly-productive and highly-recruited graduates in two years
  • Instrumentation and Control Automation - Provides "hands-on" training and education in required skills along with the theory to master the responsibilities of an instrument and controls technician

OTHER RESOURCES:

Sites & Buildings - Montgomery County has a number of existing buildings and greenfield sites that are ideal for manufacturing

Virginia Trade Port & Foreign Trade Zone - Located at the New River Valley Airport in nearby Dublin, VA, the Virginia Trade Port and Foreign Trade Zone enable companies to import and export directly from Montgomery County

Contact the Economic Development Department

Address:
755 Roanoke St., Suite 2H
Christiansburg, VA.  24073
Directions

Phone Numbers:
(540) 382-5732 - Local
(866) 270-9185 - Toll Free

E-Mail:
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Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

2012 Annual Report


2011 Annual Report - Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department
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