Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 29, 2014
Office of the Governor
Contact: Rachel Thomas
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne Clark
Phone: (804) 545-5806
The Corsi Group
Contact: Pat Corsi
Phone: (317) 786-1434
Governor McAuliffe Announces 110 New Jobs for Charlotte County
~The Corsi Group to invest approximately $5 million in first Virginia manufacturing operation~
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that The Corsi Group, a leading manufacturer of custom and semi-custom cabinetry, will invest approximately $5 million to establish its first Virginia manufacturing operation in Charlotte County. Virginia successfully competed against Kentucky for the project, which will create 110 new jobs.
Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Speaking about today’s announcement in Keysville, Governor McAuliffe said, “The addition of more than 100 new jobs is significant news for Charlotte County as it continues to rebound economically. As The Corsi Group expands its footprint and establishes its first East Coast manufacturing operation in Virginia, we celebrate a new corporate partner in a region that offers a robust, skilled workforce and improved cost competitiveness to the company’s expanding customer base. This new manufacturing operation will complement the existing industry base in Southern Virginia well, and we look forward to the mutual benefit and success for Charlotte County and Corsi.”
“We welcome The Corsi Group to Virginia and Charlotte County,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Advanced manufacturing is a thriving industry in the Commonwealth, and Corsi joins an impressive roster of manufacturers that have invested more than $13.7 billion in Virginia over the last 10 years. We are confident that the company will benefit from the business friendly environment in Charlotte County and the Southern Virginia region.”
Headquartered in Indianapolis, The Corsi Group was founded in 1973 as a designer and manufacturer of custom cabinetry, and today has completed more than 50,000 projects.
“We are confident in our choice of Charlotte County as our best for quality labor, a business-friendly governmental environment, and area supporting companies with whom we will work,” said Pat Corsi, Founder and Chairman and CEO of The Corsi Group. “We plan to continue our past practices of community involvement to add local value beyond the jobs we will be creating.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Charlotte County and Virginia’s Growth Alliance to help secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Charlotte County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $375,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The company may be eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity will provide funding and services to support the company’s training activities.
“The Corsi Group’s reputation precedes itself, and Charlotte County and its Industrial Development Authority are extremely appreciative of their decision to locate the company’s third U.S. manufacturing facility to our County,” said Dr. Nancy Carwile, Chairman, Charlotte County Board of Supervisors. “We are excited and pleased with the faith they have shown in Charlotte County’s workforce and the employment opportunities that Corsi will provide for our citizens. We look forward to working with the company.”
“The Virginia Tobacco Commission is extremely proud to welcome the Corsi Group to Charlotte County, and we look forward to the many benefits that Corsi will provide the citizens through good jobs and their community involvement,” said Gary D. Walker, Commissioner, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “This announcement could not come at a better time for our people and the future of our county.”
Charlotte County is one of nine jurisdictions that make-up Virginia’s Growth Alliance, a regional economic development agency.
South Boston, VA – April 21, 2014 – This March, the five MBC-sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams took to the arena to show off their robots at regional FRC tournaments. The Chatham High RoboCavs, G.W. High Team Talon, Martinsville High MADawgs, and Piedmont Governor’s School STAGS competed at the Virginia Regional held March 20th-22nd at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center in Richmond, VA against a field of 65 teams. Skrappy’s Zoo, the Bluestone High team, competed in Raleigh, NC at the Dorton Arena where 54 teams vied for the title at the North Carolina Regional, held March 13th-15th.
The teams had just a six week period to construct their robots, which was made even shorter this year due to school closings resulting from this year’s abundance of wintery weather. This year’s challenge was AERIAL ASSISTSM, where the teams have two and a half minutes to score as many balls in the goals as possible. Points could be scored by pushing the ball into goals on the ground, shooting the ball into a high goal above the operators’ stations, or shooting the ball over a trestle located above the middle line on the playing field. Teamwork was paramount in this game, as the alliances made up of three teams could score bonus points by assisting the other teams in the alliance score a goal.
Skrappy’s Zoo, the STAGS, and Team Talon all achieved quarterfinalist status, making it to the elimination rounds of their respective tournaments. Pictures from these two events can be seen on the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Facebook page.
MBC commends all five of these teams – students, coaches, and volunteers – for the ample hours of hard work and dedication that it takes to transform diverse components into a robot that performs in the arena. MBC sponsors the FIRST FRC teams in the MBC footprint as a way to support workforce preparation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, which is a vital component of economic revitalization.
South Boston, VA., – April 9, 2014 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a successful wholesale fiber-optic open-access network transport provider, completed a trial last week delivering multi-terabit capacity on its existing network across southern Virginia.
The trial demonstrated MBC’s ability to deliver multi-terabit capacity providing more bandwidth for data center operators, cloud providers, research and technology companies looking to expand into southern Virginia. The demonstration was conducted with Infinera’s DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform, featuring 500 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) super-channels. This trial proved MBC’s network’s ability to easily transition to supporting next generation terabit transport capability based on its existing Infinera DTN network.
“This trial underscores MBC’s ability to rapidly deliver terabit capacity on our existing network,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of MBC. “As we look toward expanding and enhancing MBC’s network infrastructure to accommodate 100Gb/s transport circuits throughout the region, this successful trial is validation that MBC will be able to continually deliver high capacity, scalable bandwidth to our carrier customers.”
MBC recently launched GoSOVA, an economic development initiative designed to attract growing, global companies to expand and locate in Southern Virginia (SOVA). Working in partnership with local and regional economic development groups, GoSOVA helps create and coordinate outreach programs that raise awareness of the region’s talented workforce, pro-business environment and connected infrastructure via Southern Virginia’s advanced open-access telecom network built and operated by MBC. For more information, visit www.gosova.com
Anna Vue, Solsken PR