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Virginia Diodes Expands Charlottesville, Virginia, Operations

Virginia Diodes, Inc., a company that designs and produces millimeter wave and Terahertz devices, components and systems, plans to expand capacity at its operation in Charlottesville, Virginia. The $2.5 million project is expected to create 24 jobs.

“VDI continues to work hard to expand millimeter-wave and terahertz technology for applications like 6G communications, automotive radar, weather sensing, and radio astronomy. We have been manufacturing and packaging electronic components and creating systems from those components in Charlottesville for nearly 27 years. We are proud to invest in Central Virginia’s workforce and very excited about the assistance we receive from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. VDI relies on highly skilled engineers and technicians to produce its leading-edge terahertz products, and Charlottesville has proven to be an ideal location to recruit and maintain excellent technical staff,” said Thomas W. Crowe, CEO and founder of VDI.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Charlottesville to secure the project for Virginia and will support Virginia Diodes’ job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP).

As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies and provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

“When a high-tech company like Virginia Diodes is founded here and continues to reinvest, it reinforces that the Commonwealth is the right location to reach suppliers and customers. Virginia has the technical and skilled talent pipeline that the test and measurement industry needs to succeed,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Virginia has a strong value proposition for this growing sector in the U.S., and we are pleased that the Virginia Jobs Investment Program will support Virginia Diodes’ expansion and job creation in Charlottesville.”

Virginia Diodes Inc.’s test and measurement products include Vector Network Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer, and Signal Generator Extension Modules that extend the capability of high-performance microwave measurement tools to higher frequencies. The company’s component products include detectors, mixers, frequency multipliers and custom systems for reliable operation at frequencies between 50 GHz and 2 THz.

“We are delighted to see their continued growth in Charlottesville. The Partnership is excited to see Virginia Diodes grow their component manufacturing operations locally,” added Helen Cauthen, President, Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development. “Charlottesville—and Central Virginia—is a hub for technological innovation with an ideal ecosystem to nurture UVA-founded startups.”

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