Modine Manufacturing Company, a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, will invest $7 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The project is expected to create 60 new jobs after full ramp-up.
The company will convert its former warehouse located at 360 Collierstown Road into an operation producing highly engineered data center cooling solutions.
“For 58 years, we have partnered with Rockbridge County to become a leading supplier of HVAC solutions for a variety of markets and end users, and this investment signals a continued commitment to that mission,” said Neil Brinker, CEO of Modine Manufacturing Company. “This site was selected as a result of the capabilities of the workforce, both hourly and salaried, and our confidence in their ability to quickly and safely begin producing high-quality HVAC solutions for our data center customers. We are excited to work with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Rockbridge County to begin hiring and equipping these new employees to meet the needs of our customers.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Rockbridge County, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, and The Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $194,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Rockbridge County with the project.
Support for Modine Manufacturing Company’s job creation will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, a workforce initiative created by VEDP in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System and other higher education partners, with funding support from the Northam Administration and the Virginia General Assembly.
“A global company of Modine’s caliber expanding its manufacturing operations in Virginia is a testament to our business-friendly environment and our skilled workforce, and it reinforces our commitment to creating high-quality manufacturing jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The Shenandoah Valley will provide a sustainable talent pipeline to support the company’s growth and development and we look forward to its continued success in the Commonwealth.”
Virginia successfully competed with several other states for the project.
“The Port of Virginia applauds Modine Manufacturing’s decision to build its production facility in Virginia,” said Virginia Port Authority CEO and Executive Director Stephen A. Edwards. “Modine is an innovator and its products are in demand worldwide, so quick access to world markets and consistency in its logistics supply chain are critical to the company’s future. The investments we’ve made in our terminals will help provide the international access Modine needs for success. We look forward to a long, collaborative partnership with Modine.”
Founded in 1916 and headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, Modine Manufacturing Company specializes in thermal management systems and components, bringing highly engineered heating and cooling components and original equipment products and systems to diversified global markets. With 2020 revenues of $2 billion, Modine has operations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The company has operated a manufacturing facility in Buena Vista, Virginia since 1963, employing more than 260 people.
“It is extremely gratifying when an existing company chooses to expand locally,” said Jay A. Langston, PhD, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. “We strive to provide the best work climate, necessary workforce skills training, and business infrastructure possible in the Shenandoah Valley to help our business community thrive and flourish. Our gratitude goes out to Modine for the continued investment and jobs.”