Chesapeake’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Program Is Accepting New Applications

Chesapeake’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Program

Is Accepting New Applications


Department will also be operating a Pop-Up office to help businesses through the application process

Chesapeake, Virginia – The City of Chesapeake’s Economic Development Department will begin accepting applications for another round of the Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant program. Chesapeake businesses with 50 employees or less are encouraged to apply. Eligible businesses are able to receive up to $10,000 based on reimbursable business expenses dated on or after March 1, 2020.

To help aid in the application process, the department will also be operating a pop-up office located at Mt. Pleasant Marketplace, 1464 Mt. Pleasant Road, Unit 29 (between Los Primos & Tropical Smoothie). This office will assist businesses who may have questions about the application process and are looking to apply. The office will be open Tuesdays from 9 am-11 am and Thursdays from 2 pm-4 pm starting February 4, 2021.

The application and additional details about the program can be found at Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The purpose of this program is to assist for-profit businesses in Chesapeake, Virginia, that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited funds are available for this grant assistance program and only qualified applicants will receive funds. All applicants must submit certain financial information and all applications must be deemed complete before the Chesapeake Economic Development Authority (EDA) can fund any grant.


Plasser American to Expand in Chesapeake, Creating 98 New Jobs

Manufacturing Headquarters Operation to Grow and Expand here in Chesapeake

Chesapeake, Virginia – Plasser American Corporation, who began their headquarters operations in the City of Chesapeake in 1970, will invest $52.6 million to expand, grow, and prosper here by adding a 60,000-square foot, four-story office building, and incubator space, with a new manufacturing facility (82,000 Sq. Ft.) and a revamped industrial paint booth. An increased demand, and a growing clientele portfolio is the reason for this project. This expansion will happen at their current location 2001 Myers Rd. right off of Atlantic Avenue. Plasser will be investing over $50 Million Dollars and creating 98 new jobs with average annual salaries of $65,000.

Citing its proximity to the Port of Virginia, and a temperate climate to test machines year-round, Plasser American has continued to expand its production year after year. The production program includes an entire range of Plasser & Theurer machines developed and adapted for North American railroads and transit systems. In addition to production, Plasser provides spare parts and service, technical support, contracting, and training at its current location.

“It is indeed exciting, as they celebrate 50 years here in Chesapeake, for me to applaud Plasser American and thank them for their continued commitment to our City and our citizens,” said Rick West, Mayor of the City of Chesapeake. “This expansion will bring not only new jobs and economic benefits to the community, but it will serve as a catalyst for Plasser to continue the innovative, vital work they do to keep our nation moving forward. We are proud to have them in our community, and even more proud to be part of helping them continue to thrive.”

“Plasser American has been an outstanding corporate citizen to our city for nearly 50 years,” said Steven Wright, City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development Director. “This expansion in South Norfolk will not only bring a significant amount of jobs, but will also completely reshape their current facility into a state-of-the-art campus for future growth.

Construction on this project will begin soon and schedule for completion fall of 2022. The City of Chesapeake and Plasser American both look to continue this collaborative partnership for many years to come.


Amazon to Bring State-of-the-Art Facility to Chesapeake’s Western Branch Business District

Amazon to Bring State-of-the-Art Facility to Chesapeake’s Western Branch Business District

(Chesapeake, VA) March 10, 2020—The City is pleased to announce that Amazon will be bringing a 650,000 square foot import processing center to the Western Branch Business District. A first of its kind in the State of Virginia, this operational facility will employ 500 people full-time, with industry-leading pay and benefits from day one.
This latest announcement comes almost a year and a half after Amazon announced its’ plans to locate a second North American headquarters in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. Alicia Boler Davis, Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, cited the Commonwealth’s diverse workforce as being a vital component in the company’s ability to serve their customer base. The commitment to workforce development is evident in Amazon’s investment of over $700 Million in up-skilling training. For example, Amazon’s Career Choice pre-pays up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. This unique program has provided tuition assistance to over 25,000 employees in fields such as game design, visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.
This project exemplifies the benefit of state, regional and local partnership. In addition to the location in Chesapeake, Amazon also announced plans to bring a fulfillment center to the City of Suffolk along the Portsmouth Boulevard corridor. Thanks to the leaders at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the Port of Virginia, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), the City of Suffolk and the City of Chesapeake, Amazon will create 1,500 jobs in the 757.
Rick West, Mayor of Chesapeake, states, “The City of Chesapeake is extremely pleased to welcome Amazon to our ever-growing family of local, national, and international businesses. This new facility will serve as the East Coast Hub for the beginning of Amazon’s supply chain, just as Chesapeake serves as the hub of South Hampton Roads. This significant investment showcases Amazon’s confidence in Chesapeake, and we’re committed to helping them rise up and leverage all our City has to offer”.
Chesapeake City Manager, Christopher Price, states “We are excited to welcome Amazon’s newest location to the City of Chesapeake. The company’s operation compliments our City’s long term strategy of bringing daytime employment opportunities to the Western Branch Business District. We applaud Amazon’s up-skilling programs and commitment to continuing education. We also want to thank all state, regional and local leaders for their assistance in bringing this important project to our City”.

PRESS RELEASE: Total Fiber Recovery to Invest $49 Million and Create 68 New Jobs

Mixed Paper Recycling Company, Total Fiber Recovery, Plans to Invest $49 Million and
Create 68 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake

(Chesapeake, VA.) February 28, 2020 — Oregon-based, Total Fiber Recovery (TFR) will invest $49 Million and create 68 new jobs with an average salary of $48,000 in the City of Chesapeake. Led by CEO of Bulk Handling Systems, Steve Miller and President, Eric Herbert, TFR brings together decades of experience from the paper and recycling industries. A unique and proven technological process of purifying and pulping recovered fiber will be established at this new location. The recovered fiber will then be shipped and utilized domestically and internationally to paper plants where it will be created into new products.

Chesapeake beat out locations in both Maryland and South Carolina with the assistance from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), The Port of Virginia and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA). Governor Northam granted $200,000 from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund (COF) to assist Chesapeake and Virginia in winning this competition.  Additionally, the City of Chesapeake will provide a $200,000 grant from its Economic Development Investment Program (EDIP). The project also qualifies for incentives from The Port of Virginia’s Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. Total Fiber Recovery will also be receiving state-funded assistance for skilled labor training as a result of the 68 new jobs the project will bring.

With plans to open in 2021, TFR will begin to process 300,000 tons of mixed paper per year. Steven Wright, Economic Development Director with the City of Chesapeake, states “This project was a big win for the City of Chesapeake. We are excited to have a sustainable company such as Total Fiber Recovery in our City.  Their significant capital investment and job creation speaks to this City’s robust economic health”.

Mayor of Chesapeake, Rick West, states, “Chesapeake residents and businesses have always taken a leading role in the push to ‘go green,’ and we are extremely pleased that Total Fiber Recovery has chosen our City as their new home. The opportunities this facility opens, not only in terms of new jobs and capital investment, but also to enhance our environmental stewardship, will pay dividends for years to come.”

City of Chesapeake Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program

City of Chesapeake Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program

Two-year export program provides resources to support international business expansion

January 16, 2020

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., a City of Chesapeake company, into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. The VALET program assists companies in the Commonwealth that are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy. To participate, each business must meet both quantitative and qualitative selection criteria. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growing export sales. To date, 348 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

“Increasing trade and trade-related jobs in Virginia are among VEDP’s top priorities,” said VEDP Executive Vice President Jason El Koubi. “Executed by our world-class International Trade team, the VALET program has a proven track record of helping Virginia businesses increase their export sales, contributing economic growth and ensuring that Virginia remains competitive in the global marketplace.”

“The VALET program puts participating companies on the fast track to international business growth by connecting them with the necessary tools for successful international sales,” said Stephanie Agee, Vice President of International Trade. “We are excited to welcome INIT into the VALET Program and look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years.”

Currently, the VALET program has 44 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies with export planning services and assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet the companies’ international business goals. These private sector service providers contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing export plans and include attorneys, web designers, bankers, translators, accountants, and freight forwarders.

The Commonwealth of Virginia exports more than $35 billion in goods and services annually. Exports of Virginia’s products and services to the world are vital to the growth of the Commonwealth, supporting more than 257,000 jobs and generating $2 billion in annual tax revenue. VEDP offers numerous programs to assist Virginia companies with selling into the global marketplace and has a network of international market research consultants covering more than 70 countries around the globe.

INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc.       

INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. develops intelligent transportation system solutions for public transit in North America. It offers system design, software and hardware development, electronics design, and system implementation services. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Chesapeake, Virginia. For more information, please visit

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade development.

For more information on the VALET Program, visit

To see the full press release from VEDP, please click here.

Chesapeake’s AVMAC Awarded The 2016 Governor’s Award

We are very proud to announce Chesapeake’s AVMAC, LLC was awarded The 2016 Governor’s Award for Small Companies by the Department of Veterans Services.  The Governor’s Award is presented to companies whose Veteran hiring efforts have gone above and beyond, as demonstrated by the total number of annual hires. AVMAC will attend the Virginia Workforce […]

Kroger Marketplace Grand Opening Brings the Masses

kroger logo press Contact:

Noelle Motley


For Immediate Release

Kroger Marketplace at Greenbrier Square to Open August 3rd

New Store Creates 280 Jobs in Chesapeake

Hampton Roads, VA – August 1, 2016 – The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional supermarket retailer, will open its first Chesapeake location. On Wednesday, August 3rd at 8 a.m., shoppers will be welcomed into the brand new Greenbrier Square Kroger Marketplace store located at 1653 Sentinel Drive.

On the morning of the grand opening, the first 500 customers will receive “Breakfast on Kroger,” gift bags which include a 18 ct. Kroger large eggs, Sara Lee bread, 1 lbs. of strawberries and other items. After the grand opening, Kroger will begin “13 Days of Giving” offering free items to the first 250 customers in the store each day.

“We can’t wait to open our doors in Chesapeake and help customers save time and money, while finding everything they need under one roof,” said Kevin Boone, store manager at the Kroger Marketplace at Greenbrier Square. “This store is an entirely new, and more efficient, layout created to make shopping experiences seamless and enjoyable every time our customers visit the store.”

The 123,587-square-foot marketplace store employs more than 320 full- and part-time workers, which includes more than 280 new hires. A portion of the new team includes existing Kroger employees who chose to transfer to the new store at Greenbrier Square.

In addition to offering grocery selections, the new store provides a unique experience to shoppers by filling over 90,000 square feet with non-grocery items, ranging from apparel to home décor. Customers can expect a variety of new and unique features, including:

  •  Non-grocery departments including sections offering a variety of products including apparel, home décor, pet supplies, baby and infant needs, toys, bedding, housewares and more.
  •  A cheese shop from Greenwich-based Murray’s, offering more than 175 varieties of cheese from all around the world.
  •  A growler station, equipped with a seating area, will rotate 12 selections of popular local and craft brews. Tastings and flights available in store.
  • An expanded wine department with more than 2,000 wine selections available, including a wine bar with eight wines on tap for in-store tastings and
  •  An integrated natural foods department offering bulk dry goods, gluten-free items and other specialty, dietary-specific items.
  •  A deli bistro that includes premium made-to-order Boars Head deli meat sandwiches, a fresh salad bar, gourmet brick oven pizza station, sushi bar and other Pan-Asian food favorites.
  •  A café seating area is accompanied by a fireplace and flat-screen televisions.
  • A full-service drive-thru pharmacy.\
  •  A Starbucks kiosk, including a seating area and free Wi-Fi.
  •  A Kroger Fuel Center, with nine fuel pumps and 18 dispensers, where customers can redeem earned fuel points on all goods purchased will open later this summer.


In line with Kroger’s commitment to the community, the grocer will donate a total of $6,000 to three non-profit organizations, including the City of Chesapeake’s Mayor’s Commission of Veteran Affairs, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Chesapeake Fire Department ‘Adventure Fire AIM Mentor’ program. Kroger will present each organization with a donation at the grand opening ribbon cutting event at 8 a.m. on August 3.

New this year, the Kroger Art Program, a new community arts initiative, will make its Hampton Roads debut during the grand opening celebrations as well. Located in the café seating area, an interior mural created by local artist Peter Geiger entitled ‘Bridges’, will be revealed. ‘Bridges’ captures the spirit of the Chesapeake.

An additional feature unique to the Chesapeake store includes a community room that will be dedicated to the fallen first responders in the City of Chesapeake. The room is an open-to-the-public community room that can be utilized for community meetings and other gatherings.


About The Kroger Co.

The Kroger Mid-Atlantic division operates 121 stores in the region, which includes North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Kroger Co., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit

Dicks Sporting Goods & Field and Stream Opens in Chesapeake Under One Roof

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DICK’S Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening Celebration in Chesapeake, VA

DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream retail stores
to open under one roof

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 8, 2016) – DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening a new DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream store on Friday, August 26 at Greenbrier Square in Chesapeake, VA (1501 Sentinel Drive).

The new location features a DICK’S Sporting Goods and a Field & Stream housed under the same roof. This unique shopping destination will offer the convenience of being able to purchase all sporting goods and outdoor needs at one time, in one location and at any checkout.  In addition, the DICK’S store will also be one of the first to include a new and improved footwear section designed to offer a broad selection of sports performance and casual footwear.

“We look forward to opening our new location in Chesapeake and embracing the community’s great sports and outdoor traditions,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Having two great stores under one roof allows us to offer an even greater selection of the most-trusted brands and the highest level of expertise to all athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in the area.”

A three-day Grand Opening celebration will run through Sunday, August 28. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Several special guests will make in-store appearances during the Grand Opening including Troy and Chase Landry**, as seen on the Swamp People® TV series, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Melissa Bachman*, Winchester Deadly Passion host, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday; former college football coach Frank Beamer** from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Captain Wild Bill**, star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch® from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Melissa Bachman*, Winchester Deadly Passion host, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday;  former outfielder Michael Cuddyer** from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and former Delta Force Operator, SGM(R), Kyle Lamb * from 3:00 6:00 p.m. on Sunday (3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. seminar, followed by an in-store appearance).

Guests will have the chance to receive giveaways throughout the weekend, which will include a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker or Field & Stream Locked and Loaded Prize Safe, receive free mystery gift cards and other premium items. ‡‡

Visit for full details on the Grand Opening celebration, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

*Limit one autograph per person.  Autographs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

**Wristband required for autograph.  Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity. Limit one per person. Visit DICK’ for details.

‡‡NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card, hat, stadium bag, and/or Gift Locker/Locked & Loaded Prize Safe combination per person/day/drawing. Must be 18+ for gift card and Gift Locker/Locked & Loaded promotions.  Winners must comply with all federal, state and local laws, and must lawfully be able to possess the prize. See store or for details and odds of winning.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at

About Field & Stream Specialty Store

Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more. The store carries a wide variety of top national brands including Remington, Under Armour, Carhartt, Shimano, Yeti and many more, while also providing top of the line in-store services. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing Inc., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine.  For more information, visit

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods or Field & Stream –


Click here for the official press release

Sutherland Global Services Expands Operations in Chesapeake

Sutherland Global Services Expands Operations in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, VA – May 2, 2016 – Sutherland Global Services has announced the expansion of its Chesapeake, Virginia, Insurance Center of Excellence. The Chesapeake location is home to Sutherland’s 320 dedicated onshore insurance business consultants. The company plans to add 200 additional consultants at their Chesapeake location to help meet the demands of its growing insurance BPO services. Currently, 20 percent of the Center’s employees are veterans from the Chesapeake community.

“Sutherland’s decision reinforces the confidence and trust companies have in Chesapeake’s fiscal integrity,” said Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff.  “We’re very pleased that Sutherland will add 200 new jobs to our community. Sutherland has a 29-year history of solid business practices and a global footprint in 19 countries, and choosing Chesapeake is one more example of the company’s ability to see opportunities and pick winners.”

Sutherland joins a growing list of Chesapeake-based companies that seek out the competitive advantages of the city’s central location, talented workforce and global access to customer markets.

For more information about job opportunities at Sutherland’s Chesapeake facility, click here:

About Sutherland Global Services

Established in 1986, Sutherland Global Services is a global BPO and technology-enabled services company offering an integrated set of back-office and customer facing front-office services that support the entire customer lifecycle. It is one of the largest, independent BPO companies in the world serving marquee clients in major industry verticals. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, United States, Sutherland employs over 38,000 professionals and more than 60 locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit


Sutherland Global Services

Chris Grandis, VP PR & Corporate Communications



Chesapeake Economic Development Department

Steven Wright, Director


Published Press Release

MDT Expands in Chesapeake

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2016



CHESAPEAKE – Manufacturing and Design Technology (MDT), Inc., will celebrate its recent expansion by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony today — Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. — at 1033 Cavalier Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23323.

Manufacturing and Design Technology Inc. designs and manufactures high precision parts, sub-assemblies, tooling and complete machines requiring a high level of engineering and manufacturing skills.  Currently, MDT exports about 40% of its current production to Europe, Canada, South America and Asia. Demand for MDT services and products has increased over its 34 years in business.  This expansion will accommodate their growing customer base.

MDT Inc. purchased their 9,000 sq. ft. facility in 2008 and recently completed a 12,000 sq. ft. addition, which encompasses state-of-the art building design features.  The newly expanded facility offers much needed additional floor space for the assembly area.  It will also allow MDT Inc. to invest in larger machines to increase their manufacturing capabilities.  Currently, MDT Inc. has 25 employees and plans to add 10 new jobs in the near future.

MDT Inc. made it one of its missions to bring manufacturing back to the US. “We talk a lot about reshoring with our customers and it seems to have taken hold. Many of our customers are welcoming our efforts in this area and providing us with opportunities to demonstrate our ability to provide them high tech solutions at a competitive cost, with short lead times,” said Gary Marxrieser, President.

“Manufacturing and Design Technology, Inc.’s decision to expand in Chesapeake further anchors their growing operations here and adds to our substantial manufacturing base,” said Steven Wright, Director, City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development.  “This announcement is a win-win for our businesses and community at-large.”


Gary Marxrieser                                                                                Steven Wright

Manufacturing and Design Technology, Inc.                              Director, Economic Development

1033 Cavalier Boulevard                                                                  City of Chesapeake

Chesapeake, VA  23323                                                                     757-382-8040


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