Chemres – Governor McAuliffe Announces $3 Million Investment in the City of Chesapeake

~ Chemres to expand resin production operation, create 16 new jobs ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Chemres, a global supplier of commodity and engineering resins, will invest $3 million to expand its resin production operation in the City of Chesapeake. The company will purchase additional machinery and equipment. Virginia successfully competed against Florida for the project, which will create 16 new jobs.

“Virginia’s world-class business environment and high-quality work force continue to help innovative companies like Chemres thrive,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Supporting existing businesses of all sizes is critical to our mission to diversify and build the new Virginia economy, and we thank Chemres for reinvesting in the Commonwealth.”

Founded in 1994, Chemres is a global supplier of commodity and engineering resins. The company, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, also provides supply chain management solutions to source and deliver resins, compounds, and additives globally. As an ISO-certified company, Chemres partners with suppliers and customers to ensure reliable quality throughout the production process to delivery.

“It’s exciting to see a small business like Chemres nearly double its workforce with this expansion and benefit from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “The Commonwealth is home to over 200 plastics companies that employ more than 20,000 people, and the advanced materials sector continues to be a big economic driver for Virginia. We thank Chemres for its investment and look forward to the company’s growth in Chesapeake.”

“Chemres saw the opportunity to transform this unique property into a world-class, 65-acre single site plastic compounding and logistics facility unlike anywhere else on the eastern seaboard,” said Paul Keimig, President of Chemres. “The strategic location and proximity to the Port of Virginia allows us to service the entire eastern seaboard and mid-west region with highly competitive transportation costs. Our site consists of extensive rail with seaport access, warehousing, and bulk and boxload trucking, differentiating us from our competitors. We have a strategic location, manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, and a strong workforce from the Virginia Job Investment Program and the support from Governor McAuliffe’s office. All of these factors were key in making Chesapeake a real home run.”

Hemant Bansal, Controller for Chemres, adds, “Now, with a recent $3 million capital upgrade, we will compound 85 million pounds annually and warehouse 75,000 square-feet of product used primarily in high-quality medical device and food packaging applications. Plans are already underway to more than double the warehousing capacity and triple the rail spots.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Chemres’ new job creation through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for its citizens.

“Chemres’ decision to expand in Chesapeake is a welcomed investment for our community,” said Steven Wright, Director, City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development.  “Upgrading its facility and adding new skilled labor will allow Chemres to ramp up production and take the company to the next level.”

“I’m proud to support the growth of Chemres as the company significantly expands its team,” said Senator Lionell Spruill. “Chemres has been a valued member of Chesapeake’s corporate community for over 20 years, and it is exciting to see the company reinvesting in the City and region.”

“Quality assurance and control is the linchpin for sustainability of an organization’s product line,” said Delegate Cliff Hayes. “We’re excited about this announcement and function at this location. It further solidifies that the 77th House district is open for business and expansion.”

Standard Calibrations, Inc. – Governor McAuliffe Announces 150 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake

~ Standard Calibrations, Inc. to invest more than $508,500 to expand its engineering operation ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Standard Calibrations, Inc. (SCI), a global instrumentation and controls company, will invest more than $508,500 to expand its engineering operation in the City of Chesapeake. SCI is experiencing rapid business growth due to its work globally with high-profile data centers, such as those found in social media, software, financial, government, and other related industries. The expansion will create 150 new jobs.

“Helping small businesses like Standard Calibrations thrive and reinvest in the commonwealth is key to our mission to diversify and build the new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “SCI has built an impressive customer base, including the U.S. Department of Defense, in addition to a number of commercial and industrial sectors. We are proud to support the expansion of SCI, a SWaM-certified company that has spent more than 25 years in the City of Chesapeake and Virginia.”

Founded in 1989, Standard Calibrations, Inc. has evolved into a leader in the industry of sensor and instrumentation calibration, repair, and configuration with an outstanding reputation for quality and safety. The company’s offerings include valves, instrumentation, test and measurement equipment, calibration/start-up services (ISO 17025-Accredited), critical environmental system configuration, engineering design, instrumentation qualification testing, and installation services. With over 40,000 square feet of laboratories, clean rooms, and industrial fabrication areas, SCI is prepared to handle any project large or small. SCI has offices in Virginia and California dedicated to meeting customer needs around the world.

“Virginia is home to several of the nation’s leading engineering programs, providing a fertile environment for Standard Calibrations to expand and skilled talent to support its growth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Our existing businesses play a critical role in Virginia’s economic vitality, and it is exciting that the company’s growth is spurred by one of our top economic drivers—data centers. We congratulate SCI on its success in the City of Chesapeake and 150 new, high-quality jobs for Virginians.”

“I am excited that Standard Calibrations has chosen to expand its workforce and technology footprint in the City of Chesapeake,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “Hampton Roads, and the commonwealth as a whole, are experiencing strong technology company growth and Standard Calibrations has created a niche for itself that will not only support future growth in key industries such as data centers, but also position the company for long-term success.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Standard Calibrations’ new job creation through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for its citizens.  

“Virginia has been home to SCI since its inception in 1989 due to the vast opportunities from the maritime, Department of Defense, and other governmental agencies in the area, which has historically been the core of our business,” said President of Standard Calibrations, Inc. Floyd Cross. “In recent years the focus has been on industrial applications, which includes data centers. SCI is strategically located in Virginia to service customers not only globally, but also domestically, as the U.S. possesses the largest concentration of data centers in the world.”

“Standard Calibrations’ hard work has paid off as the company has strategically diversified its operations from solely relying on the defense sector to commercial enterprises in the fast-paced data center sector,” said Steven C. Wright, Director, City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development. “Standard Calibrations’ ability to earn the trust of high profile data centers and other global leaders in this growing industry is no small feat. We’re proud of Standard Calibrations accomplishments and look forward to their continued longevity as they grow their future workforce.”

“Standard Calibrations is a great example of the success small businesses can achieve in Chesapeake,” said Senator Lionell Spruill. “I am thrilled to see the company growing its employment, as these 21st-century jobs are critical to a healthy economy. I am proud to have SWaM-certified Standard Calibrations in my district, and stand ready to support the company’s future growth.”

“The 78th House District has benefitted from having Standard Calibrations, Inc. as a member in its community, and looks forward to its expansion and the creation of 150 additional jobs,” said Delegate Jay Leftwich. “Private industry is the backbone of our economy and paves the way for prosperity and smart growth within the City of Chesapeake. I look forward to working with Standard Calibrations as a community partner and growing its business.”

Holiday Food Drive

The Holidays are a time for giving! At the December EDAC meeting we will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items to benefit local families in need.
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EDAC December 2017

December’s EDAC meeting will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am at Cox Business. In light of the Holiday Season, the presentation will include a variety of speakers from local nonprofits.

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Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center Opens New Facility in Chesapeake’s Oakbrooke Business Park

New Center Offers Patients Easy Access to Orthopaedic Care, Pain Management and Rehab Therapysmoc-logo
New Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Chesapeake Offers Services Under One Roof

Chesapeake, VA – At the end of October, a new type of orthopaedic center opens in Chesapeake – one that integrated patient feedback for more services, easier access and more privacy. Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center is already established in the area, and will combine three of its offices into a state-of the art center in Chesapeake.

“We’re offering four different services at the new center, including orthopaedic, spine, physical and
occupational therapy and interventional pain medicine. It’s a continuum of care, from consults with
orthopaedists, to post-operative care, to rehabilitation services and pain medicine,” said Todd
Rauchenberger, SMOC Administrator.

Current and future patients will see many benefits from the new center, including cost savings, better
pain medicine and more services.

“Rather than paying a higher co-pay or higher deductible cost for an ambulatory surgery center, we
offer these pain medicine services at the office. It saves money for the patient, and it’s more efficient
because we aren’t sending them to a different office,” said Rauchenberger.

Pain relief is a big concern for people with orthopaedic conditions or injuries, particularly with increased
awareness of the highly addictive nature of many traditional pain medications. SMOC is using new
methods of relieving pain without narcotics. Injections into sore or damaged areas with steroids or
anesthetic can block pain. We can deliver medication right to the site of the injury,” said Rauchenberger.

The interventional pain medicine specialists have a wide range of tools to assist with pain, including
medical acupuncture and electro diagnostic testing. Finding an outpatient location for this is difficult,
and this new center will offer a unique combination of treatment and specialty care. Interventionalists
can help patients with persistent, chronic pain find solutions and also reduce their use of narcotics.

The new building includes a specific space for pain medicine, increasing SMOC’s ability to treat more
patients on site. Combining three separate buildings into one new building meant that a redesign of
office space could address long-time patient concerns.

The entrance includes an awning for the patient drop-off area provides cover from the weather, there
are no stairs to enter the building, with automatic doors leading to extra-wide hallways. Patient exam
rooms have sliding barn doors rather than swinging doors, making it easier to help people who are on
crutches or assisted mobility devices such as walkers or wheelchairs. The exam rooms are designed for
more privacy for pre-treatment clothing changes, and a doctor’s corridor around the outside perimeter
of the building to help protect patient confidentiality.

All of these changes for the SMOC practice are built on the foundation of expertise, serviced by over 120
physicians, physician assistants physical and occupational therapist and employees.

“All of our physicians are fellowship-trained, and specialize in orthopaedic care. We have a number of
highly experienced and specialized physicians for all joints, including spine, elbow, hip, ankle, wrist, knee
and shoulder. This new center offers state-of-the-art technology, such as fluoroscopy rooms for on-site
diagnostic, imaging and injection, and upgraded digital radiographic equipment to get our patients
moving again,” said Rauchenberger.

We begin seeing our patients in our new facility on October 31st.

Tours, interviews and additional renderings can be obtained by contacting Rachel Boas, at

SMOC has been providing quality orthopaedic services to southeastern Virginia for more than 33 years. Each member of this highly distinguished practice is fellowship-trained in their respective areas of expertise and participates in the activities of numerous prestigious medical associations. SMOC, Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, Inc. was founded in 1984 and today includes specialty-trained orthopaedic, spine and pain medicine physicians, specialty trained physician assistants and physical and occupational therapists specializing in orthopaedic services, joint care and pain medicine.


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