Governor McAuliffe Announces 30 New Jobs in Lunenburg County


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Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  June 23, 2014

Office of the Governor
Contact: Rachel Thomas
Email: Rachel.Thomas@governor.virginia.gov

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Alex Henley
Phone: (804) 545-5805
Email: Ahenley@yesvirginia.org

Global Refining Group, Inc.
Contact: Robert Szafranski
Phone: (434) 676-9222

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces 30 New Jobs in Lunenburg County

~ Global Refining Group to invest $4.2 million in catalytic convertor recycling operation ~

 

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Global Refining Group, Inc., a sister company of ABC Recycling, will invest $4.2 million to establish a catalytic convertor recycling operation in Lunenburg County. Virginia successfully competed against Connecticut and New York for the project, which will create 30 new jobs. ABC Recycling, one of the fastest growing companies in South Central Virginia, recycles vehicles, scrap metals and catalytic converters.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “This project is a great example of a spinoff company resulting from business success that will bring new jobs and investment to Lunenburg County. The rapid growth of ABC Recycling created the demand for the establishment of Global Refining Group, which will take the recycling process to the next step and become the premier East Coast location for catalytic convertor recycling. We welcome our newest corporate partner to Virginia, and celebrate 30 new jobs in a region that continues to recover economically.”

“Lunenburg County is a great fit for Global Refining Group’s new catalytic convertor recycling operation,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “In addition to its close proximity to sister company ABC Recycling, the county also offered an industrial building that has been recently retrofitted, allowing Global Refining Group to make some modifications and become operational in a shorter timeframe. We look forward to the company’s future success in Virginia.”

ABC Recycling in Kenbridge, VA opened its doors for business in 2006 with three employees, growing quickly to become North America’s largest processor of catalytic converters. With such rapidly expanding business the company was in dire need of opening a facility that would take converter recycling to the next level. Global Refining Group will revolutionize the way converters are processed. The goals for the new company will include a fast expansion plan, with the hopes that yet another company will develop as rapidly as ABC Recycling.

“Global Refining Group has chosen Kenbridge VA as its new home,” said Robert Szafranski, Chief Executive Officer, Global Refining Group. “Though other locations were considered, it was the hard work and diligence of Lunenburg County, the Town of Kenbridge, the Tobacco Commission, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, and the Governor that made this decision possible. The support that these offices have offered our company shows their interest lies not only in the growth of our company but the community as a whole. For this we thank them and look forward to a successful start in Lunenburg County.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Lunenburg County, the Town of Kenbridge, and Virginia’s Growth Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Lunenburg County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $145,000 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 employee training activities.

“The Town of Kenbridge is proud,” said Emory Hodges, Mayor, “that Global Refining Group, Inc. has chosen our town as the location of its facility.  In joining with Lunenburg County, the Town Council feels that we have worked together to bring another business to our area that will benefit all of our community and its citizens. We have watched ABC Recycling, sister company to Global, grow and become a vibrant part of our business community and we look forward to the same success for this new company.”

“Our Board of Supervisors has enjoyed working with ABC Recycling since they opened in Kenbridge in 2006,” said Edward Pennington, Chairman of the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors. “As successful businessmen, we are delighted that Mr. Szafranski and his partners have chosen our community to continue their expanding operations.  We foresee the addition of other associated companies and more job creation as a result of Global Refining Group, Inc. locating in Lunenburg. Our community appreciates the efforts of the state agencies, the VGA, the Tobacco Commission and the Governor’s office to make this announcement possible.”

“I am very pleased that the Tobacco Commission was able to provide a performance incentive to help Global Refining Group, Inc. make the decision to locate in Lunenburg County”, said Delegate Tommy Wright, member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “Their investment of $4.2 million and the creation of 30 good-paying jobs is a very important boost to this rural community’s economy. I wish them great success.”

“I commend ABC Recycling and now Global Refining Group, Inc. for seeing an opportunity to not only create jobs, but also to reclaim from our waste stream valuable metals that in the past have been lost into landfills,” said Senator Frank Ruff, member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

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Asif Bhavnagri
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Special Assistant
804.971.8513
asif.bhavnagri@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Microsoft Expansion in Mecklenburg County


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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  June 11, 2014

Office of the Governor
Contact: Rachel Thomas
Email: Rachel.Thomas@governor.virginia.gov

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne Clark
Phone: (804) 545-5806
Email: Sclark@yesvirginia.org

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Microsoft Expansion in Mecklenburg County

~ Company to invest $346.7 million and create 90 new jobs~

 

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Microsoft Corp. will invest $346.7 million to expand its data center site in Mecklenburg County and increase capacity to serve its growing customer base. Virginia successfully competed against other sites in the U.S. for the project, which will create 90 new jobs. Microsoft’s original project in 2010 involved an investment of up to $499 million and 50 new jobs. In 2011 the company invested an additional $150 million to expand the site, and in 2013 announced a $348 million expansion.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Microsoft’s data center campus in Mecklenburg County continues to represent transformational growth, opportunity, and investment for the region and for Virginia. The third expansion project brings the company’s total capital investment to more than $1.3 billion since 2010. Microsoft’s success and continued investment is a powerful testament to the benefits of doing business in Virginia and the thriving data center industry in the Commonwealth.”

“Microsoft has played an important role in the success of Mecklenburg County and Southern Virginia since the establishment of its data center site in 2010,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The company continues to grow its operation, and this significant expansion is another example of state partners working together to meet a corporation’s needs within a short timeframe. As Microsoft’s customer base expands, we remain ready to help facilitate its success any way we can. We thank the company for its continued commitment and investment in Virginia.”

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

“We are excited to continue building our relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the County of Mecklenburg,” said Christian Belady, General Manager, Data Center Services, Global Foundation Services at Microsoft. “Each expansion allows us to better meet our customers’ growing cloud service needs. As with the other expansions, we’re using the same state-of-the-art technology that minimizes environmental impact while maximizing our customers’ computing capacity.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Mecklenburg County to secure the project for Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation also were instrumental in securing this project. Governor McAuliffe approved a $1.6 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Mecklenburg County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $1.6 million in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.

“Mecklenburg County is again very pleased to announce another expansion of Microsoft,” said Glenn Barbour, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors. “Our County Administrator Wayne Carter has been working closely with the company to offer all the assistance our county could provide. This expansion opens up many more opportunities for our county to offer jobs to our citizens and greatly expand our economic base. I encourage our citizens to pursue these opportunities. We look forward to working with Microsoft well into the future.”

“I am immensely proud that Mecklenburg County has proven to be a good place for Microsoft to continue to grow and expand,” said Senator Frank Ruff, Vice Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

“We are pleased to work with and support the efforts of Mecklenburg County and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to encourage business growth and expansion in the Commonwealth,” said Robert M. Blue, President of Dominion Virginia Power. “We are ready to do our part to make this opportunity a success for all involved.”

“We are proud that our robust, open-access fiber optic network continues to pay economic dividends to Southern Virginia,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation. “We appreciate the strong support and collaboration with the Microsoft network team, and look forward to our continued partnership.”

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Asif Bhavnagri
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Special Assistant
804.971.8513
asif.bhavnagri@governor.virginia.gov