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Electric Motor & Contracting Expands Manufacturing in Chesapeake, Virginia

Electric Motor & Contracting will invest $3 million to expand its manufacturing operation in the City of Chesapeake, Virginia.

The company has constructed a state-of-the-art, 22,500-square-foot expansion to its existing nuclear services building, which is used for servicing highly engineered critical rotating equipment for the commercial nuclear power industry. “EMC is proud to maintain its roots in Chesapeake, where we have had the opportunity to expand both our business offerings and campus,” said EMC’s Vice President Don Vivier. “The number one asset and leading source for our growth has been our people. Knowing this, EMC is motivated to support its people by investing in workforce development.”

“We have recently worked with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry on establishing a registered apprenticeship, which is being rolled out in Q1 of 2018. For this we worked with Tidewater Community College on developing related instruction curriculum. Building a pipeline of workforce talent and enhancing a proven incumbent workforce is paramount to EMC’s continued growth and success. EMC is excited that there are programs like the Virginia Jobs Incentive Program that supplements funding to support this critical workforce development initiative,” he added.

Established in 1960, Electric Motor & Contracting remains one of the largest independently owned full-service electric motor and pump repair/remanufacture facilities in the United States. EMC’s main campus in Chesapeake acts as headquarters operating full service motor, pump, and switchgear repair divisions.

“The Virginia Jobs Investment Program allows companies to adapt to ever-evolving industries, which will help ensure Electric Motor & Contracting’s continued success in Chesapeake and the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Virginia is home to more than 5,900 advanced manufacturing companies, and it is a priority to continue to support this key industry and the workforce that helps it thrive. With a nearly 60-year history in the Commonwealth, EMC is a great example of the success manufacturers can achieve in Virginia, and we look forward to a continued partnership as the company expands in Chesapeake.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Electric Motor & Contracting’s job retraining through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Electric Motor & Contracting’s commitment to grow its Chesapeake corporate headquarters by investing in its facilities and employees will increase our industrial base and percentage of skilled, high-wage jobs,” said Mayor Rick West, City of Chesapeake. “We are a pro-business City and forward-thinking companies like Electric Motor & Contracting will continue to flourish in this environment. Chesapeake is proud of EMC’s leadership and longevity in our business community.”

Its Chesapeake and Courtland, Virginia locations have maintained an ISO 9001-certified program since 1999. EMC’s Chesapeake facility also maintains a NUPIC audited 10CFR50 Appendix B program for safety-related repairs for the commercial nuclear power industry. In addition, EMC Chesapeake continues to hold the necessary qualifications for the overhaul of critical equipment for U.S. Navy ships and submarines.


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