TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million to expand its production center in Culpeper, Virginia
. The plant designs and manufactures undersea fiber optic telecommunication cables, electro-optical-mechanical cables, and steel wire. The project is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs in the region.
"TE is pleased to make this investment within our Culpeper manufacturing site, as the facility expansion and the newly created positions will play an important part in the growth of our business," stated Kevin Rock, President - Aerospace, Defense and Marine, a Global Business Unit of TE Connectivity. "Virginia has always had a talented and skilled workforce, which has allowed us to hire highly capable people to support our technical business."
Gov. Bob McDonnell
said, "TE Connectivity has been a strong employer in Culpeper since the 1930s, and this major investment and expansion exemplifies the success companies experience in the Commonwealth. This operation is significant, as it will be the only TE Connectivity manufacturing site to produce wire and cables for the marine industry, servicing domestic and international markets. Access to key clients, a trained and available workforce and the cost of doing business are key factors that gave Virginia the advantage. We look forward to TE's success for the next 80 years."
"TE Connectivity is a global company that does important work for a major industry to keep us connected," said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "This tremendous investment to expand in Culpeper County and create new high-tech jobs enables the company to add capacity and build on its long-term success and growth in Virginia."
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Town of Culpeper, Culpeper County, and the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development
to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist Culpeper County with the project.
Culpeper Mayor Chip Coleman stated, "The expansion and prospect of additional jobs is great news on so many fronts. It shows that our economy is slowly recovering and that a major corporation sees that we have a high quality workforce in a community with a quality of life that is attractive. We are indeed fortunate to have this major expansion and the new jobs it brings to our community. Economic development is the cornerstone of a prosperous community."