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Auxiliary Systems Expands Norfolk, Virginia, Operations Complex

07/10/2018
Auxiliary Systems Inc., an auxiliary system manufacturer for commercial and government clients in the marine industry, will invest $220,000 to upgrade its water jet cutting machine in Norfolk, Virginia.

According to Governor Ralph Northam’s Office, sixty-five of the company’s existing employees will be retrained to operate the new machinery with support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. Auxiliary Systems was recently one of nine ship repair firms in the Hampton Roads region to be awarded a share in a U.S. Navy maintenance contract worth $119 million over one year and potentially up to $644 million over five years.

“Virginia houses the largest shipbuilding market in the United States and is the ideal location for our current expansion,” said John Moore, Human Resources Director, Auxiliary Systems. “Further, we believe that we have positioned ourselves strategically to support the future growth of off-shore wind, oil, and gas off the coast of Virginia.”

“Job retraining is critical to stay competitive in the 21st-century economy, and we thank Auxiliary Systems for reinvesting in its workforce,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “With its strategic east coast location, favorable operating costs, and a workforce that welcomes exiting members of the military annually, Hampton Roads will continue to be an ideal home for this impressive company.”

“Auxiliary Systems is a longtime contributor to the City of Norfolk and the Hampton Roads’ economy, providing critical ship repair services to the U.S. Military,” said Governor Northam. “The company continues to thrive in the region, aided by close proximity to The Port of Virginia and the U.S. Navy, as well as its ability to recruit top talent. We are proud to support this important retraining project, and look forward to Auxiliary Systems’ continued smooth sailing in the Commonwealth.”

“We are extremely grateful that Auxiliary Systems chose Norfolk for this critical capital investment. Support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program helps emerging local businesses to train high-skilled workers for jobs that pay great wages and expand our economy. The City of Norfolk thanks everyone involved as we continue to provide a vibrant manufacturing sector that supports our navy and maritime industries,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander.

“As we continue to work to grow the new Virginia economy, job retraining and utilization of unique regional resources, like the skill sets present in a large community of Naval workers, are critical for success,” said Senator Lynwood Lewis. “The partnership between Auxiliary Systems and the Virginia Jobs Investment Program showcases how investment in human capital will both open doors for valued employers in the Commonwealth and help us to retain and grow the state’s workforce.”

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