Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. will invest $10 million to expand its Virginia operations at a new manufacturing facility in the former Merillat plant in Atkins, Virginia. The company already operates a successful manufacturing facility with 83 employees in nearby Wytheville. The Smyth County project will create 160 new jobs in the Smyth County area.
“We’re excited to expand our operations in Virginia, and this new facility in Atkins will allow us to continue to grow with our customers,” said Robert Kamphuis, Chairman/President/CEO of MEC. “We’ve been very successful in Virginia, and that’s a credit to the dedicated group of employee shareholders at our plant in Wytheville. We were thrilled to find a facility in the neighboring county that met our needs for this expansion. The available facility and the support we’ve received from the community and the state made this a win-win decision.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “It is a great testament to Virginia’s business climate when a valued corporate partner like MEC continues to expand its footprint in the Commonwealth. The company will make a significant investment to establish another manufacturing operation in Southwest Virginia, creating 160 new jobs and revitalizing a vacant property in Smyth County. This tremendous project is a win-win, as MEC is able to expand in a facility that allows quick start-up to production, and a community struggling with the loss of a former employer will gain new job opportunities.”
“An investment of $10 million and the creation of 160 new jobs is significant news for Atkins and Smyth County,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “We are pleased that MEC is able to meet its expansion needs in a neighboring county while continuing to thrive in Wytheville. We look forward to the company’s continued success in Virginia for years to come.”
Founded in 1945, MEC is one of the nation’s leading supply chain partners for blue chip original equipment manufacturers. The company serves the agricultural, commercial vehicle, construction, forestry, on/off road power sports, energy, military and industrial markets. MEC’s processes include complete metal fabrication, tube forming and coatings.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Smyth County and Virginia’s aCorridor to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $300,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Smyth County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $505,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.