Spatial Integrated Systems Joins Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Spatial Integrated Systems logoThe Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced that Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. (SIS), a leader in providing business solutions that incorporate digital 3D imaging, robotics, artificial intelligence, and 3D visualization, has joined forces with CCAM’s industry, academic and government research collaboration.

As CCAM’s newest industry member, Spatial Integrated Systems will provide digital 3D equipment and software including the 3D Imaging System (3DIS) used by commercial and military equipment manufacturers to produce visually rich digital information.  3DIS is a digital 3D capture and processing system used for rapid prototyping and fabrication modeling as well as to provide analyses of “as-built” manufacturing plants and facilities and computer-based interference checking and inspections.

The system generates dimensionally accurate digital 3D models of target space or objects, automatically fuses the image texture onto 3D model geometry, and exports files ready for commercial high-end design applications and import into 2D/3D CAD packages.  3DIS frees resources, reduces time, improves process efficiencies and empowers developers with an innovative tool for increased creativity in the design process.

Joseph Moody, CCAM President and Executive Director, said, “As an innovator of 3D imaging and visualization Spatial Integrated Systems serves the defense industry and commercial manufacturers with a unique set of process-based solutions.  CCAM member companies and academic and government partners will benefit from these game-changing technologies.”

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Governor McAuliffe announces more than $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funding

Projects include housing rehabilitation, downtown revitalization and water and sewer service

Virginia DHCDGovernor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 13 projects in Virginia.

“The Community Development Block Grant program is a long-standing program that provides necessary resources to our localities to improve their communities,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “From sewer projects to downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation, these projects are improving the lives of Virginians across the Commonwealth.”

Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program. CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process. Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.

Five of the projects are noted as multi-year funding projects. Multi-year funding projects are those that will receive a contract allocating a portion of the funds this year, and after achieving specific performance targets, the project will then be eligible for additional funding. One additional project is receiving a letter of intent, indication the project is worthy of funding but lacks key components necessary for the project to be immediately implemented. This allows the locality to address the missing key component by spring 2015.

“This competitive program allows Virginia to address major community issues and utilize available resources to make our communities great places to live, work and do business,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.

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21 new jobs announced in Lunenburg County

Coast 2 Coast Trucking to locate in Lunenburg County, VACoast 2 Coast Trucking will invest $3.765 million to establish new company

The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors and The Town Council of Kenbridge together with the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission announced today that Coast 2 Coast Trucking, Inc., a sister company to ABC Recycling, will invest $3.765 million to establish its new company in Lunenburg County. Virginia successfully competed against New York for this project which will create 21 new jobs including full time truck drivers, mechanics and office personnel. Coast 2 Coast is locating across the street from its sister company, ABC Recycling, in the Lunenburg Commercentre’, Kenbridge, Virginia.

This new company will receive a performance grant, Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund, in the amount of $100,000 from the Tobacco Commission based on the investment and jobs created as listed above. Additionally, the business is locating in a designated Enterprise Zone and therefore will be eligible for grants from the State as well as from the locality based on real property improvements and jobs created. Job training grants may also be available to the company for four of the new positions through State programs.

“We are pleased to announce today, the launch of our new company Coast 2 Coast Trucking,” said Robert Szafranski. “Due to our growth at ABC Recycling in Kenbridge, VA, Alpha Recycling in Bronx, NY and Power Metal Recycling in Toronto, Canada, we were placed in a position where outsourcing our trucking needs has been unable to meet our demands. Bringing our trucking business locally to Kenbridge, VA has now become a reality with the assistance of Lunenburg County, the Town of Kenbridge, the Tobacco Commission and other state agencies. We are extremely grateful for everyone's support and look forward to announcing job opportunities in the near future.”

“The Commonwealth of Virginia prides itself on the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The expansion of a thriving metal recycling company, ABC Recycling, which will start a nationwide trucking company, Coast 2 Coast Trucking, is a prime example of this spirit. We thank Coast 2 Coast for choosing Virginia, and wish them great success in Lunenburg County.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 30 New Jobs in Lunenburg County

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

ABC Recycling, sister to Global Refining GroupLunenburg Courthouse, VA - 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.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Microsoft Expansion in Mecklenburg County

Company to invest $346.7 million and create 90 new jobs

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.”

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SVCC names new President

Dr. Alfred RobertsDr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, has been named the new president of Southside Virginia Community College, taking over for retiring president Dr. John Cavan.

Roberts will begin around Aug. 1.

“I’ve known Al for a long time and I have observed his leadership at SVCC for many years,” Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, said. “I’m confident he will do a terrific job in taking the college to the next level.”

Roberts is currently provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he has held since 2012. He served as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of SVCC, in Keysville, from 2010-12. Prior to that, he was vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services.

“The Southside Virginia Community College Board unanimously supports Dr. Roberts as our next president,” said Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, acting chair of the College Board. “We are very pleased and excited to have a solid and experienced new president with proven leadership, expertise to advance educational and workforce development programs to prepare students for the 21st century economy, a commitment to working with the Southside Virginia community and leaders to strengthen our economy, and more. We look forward to his leadership in our region.”

“We set a high standard and spent many hours in our search, with input from stakeholders at the state and local levels,” said Dr. Nancy Carwile, College Board member and former chair. “In all areas, Dr. Roberts was first among well-qualified candidates. Our hearts were in this process and Dr. Roberts' heart is also in this work as SVCC moves forward.”

Roberts says the presidency is “a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that has done so much for me.”

“I have a real commitment to a high level of community engagement; to quality academic programs; and to workforce training and development,” he said. “It will be a challenge to follow in Dr. Cavan’s footsteps, but also a tremendous opportunity to advance the mission of the college and enhance its reputation as a world class, 21st century community college.”

Before joining SVCC, Roberts was program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services and also taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University.

He received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

The longest serving president in the VCCS, Cavan has presided over SVCC since 1983.

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