Germany-Based Zollner Elektronik AG Expands Danville-Loudoun County, Virginia, Manufacturing Centers
The company will invest $14 million to expand its manufacturing operations in the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority-owned Cyber Park to develop custom electronic products for clients using proprietary technology, which will create 80 new jobs. Zollner will also expand its U.S. headquarters facility in Loudoun County through an additional $4 million investment, creating 20 new jobs.
“Since EIT was founded in 1977, we have had a great deal of support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and local government agencies in helping us grow and prosper. The acquisition by Zollner AG will give us the advantages of a global company while being able to maintain our Virginia presence. Our locations in Leesburg and Danville have workforce availability and are supported by complete transportation systems, so we look forward to continued growth through the acquisition by Zollner,” said David Faliskie, President and CEO of EIT-Zollner.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, and Loudoun County to secure the project.
“This great expansion is a win for two regions of the Commonwealth as well as our corporate services and manufacturing sectors,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “We are excited to support Zollner Elektronik’s overall growth in Virginia as the company increases production in the City of Danville and expands its U.S. headquarters in Loudoun, creating a total of 100 new jobs for hardworking Virginians.
Governor Youngkin approved a $360,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City of Danville with the project. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
“Zollner’s investment in EIT is an example of two dynamic electronic manufacturing and service companies linking the excellence of strong manufacturing and R&D operations in Virginia with world-renowned capabilities of an international company who is known for high-quality components sold around the world,” added Linda Green, Executive Director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. “EIT has been a strong player in Virginia’s electronics industry with research and innovation that led to breakthrough technologies for a quarter of a century.”
Support for the expansions 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 Governor’s administration and the Virginia General Assembly. Launched in 2019, the program accelerates new facility start-ups through the direct delivery of recruitment and training services that are fully customized to a company’s unique products, processes, equipment, standards, and culture. All program services are provided at no cost to qualified new and expanding companies as an incentive for job creation.
“I am beyond pleased to have Zollner Elektronic in our region. Their investment and expansion, to include 80 new jobs, will make a great economic fixture in our community even greater,” said Lee Vogler, Chairman of the Danville Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority (RIFA). “Over the last few years, a great comeback has been happening in Danville-Pittsylvania County. Today is another chapter in that comeback story. Danville-Pittsylvania County is blessed to have companies from across the globe represented in our region, and I am thrilled that we can add Germany to that growing list.”
With more than 55 years of experience in electronics manufacturing services, as well as an international network of excellence with 24 locations across the globe, Zollner is able to develop cross-sector system solutions and technological innovations in a fast, flexible, and reliable manner, all delivered with top-rate, one-on-one support. The company is Europe's EMS market leader and is among the top 15 EMS service providers around the world.
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