Gov. McAuliffe announced $5.2 million investment, 35 new jobs in Danville

Gov. McAuliffe: Unison Ltd. to open 1st U.S. manufacturing facility in Danville. Investing $5.2M & creating 35 new jobs (WSET)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Unison Ltd, a leading global tube bending machine specialist, will invest $5.2 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in the Cane Creek Centre Industrial Park, jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

McAuliffe said Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and the United Kingdom for the project, which is set to create 35 new jobs.

“We are thrilled to add Unison to Virginia’s international corporate roster, and know the company will be a strong addition to the growing manufacturing community in Danville-Pittsylvania County,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the event. “I met with Unison officials on this important project in June, and am proud the Commonwealth was selected as the company’s entry point into the U.S. market. Strengthening the advanced manufacturing sector is a key component of diversifying and building the new Virginia economy, and we look forward to helping Unison succeed.”

Unison Ltd. is a United Kingdom-based manufacturer of electronically actuated pipe bending and automation machinery used in aerospace, automotive, marine, military, oil and gas and general engineering applications. The company’s machines are of the highest accuracy and quality deploying patented electronic actuation technology, which is more precise than the industry standard hydraulic actuation.

“When an international company chooses Virginia as the location of its first U.S. manufacturing operation, it demonstrates the strengths of our infrastructure, education system, skilled labor pool, and overall competiveness on a global scale,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “With more than 240,000 Virginians working in the manufacturing industry, Unison will benefit from a pipeline of talent as the company expands its footprint. Danville and Pittsylvania County, working collaboratively, have made strategic investments in resources to build its manufacturing workforce, and it’s exciting to see those efforts rewarded by attracting this great project.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $105,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Danville and Pittsylvania County with the project.

“The City of Danville is delighted to welcome Unison Ltd. to Southern Virginia,” said Danville Mayor John Gilstrap. “This region has an affinity for advanced manufacturing and has built an extraordinary workforce training capability that will support Unison’s growth in the U.S. market. We believe that Unison will add tremendous value to this rapidly growing regional economy and will help diversify the region’s industry base. It’s very encouraging to know that international companies, like Unison, have confidence that they can be globally competitive operating in Danville Pittsylvania County.”

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