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”.


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