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Advanced Manufacturing

With more than 15,038 people employed at 270 firms, advanced manufacturing companies are a strong cluster in the Roanoke Region. More than 12 percent of the Roanoke Region's private sector workforce is employed in manufacturing, compared to 10 percent nationally.

  • Area employers draw from a labor force of more than 300,000
  • Low unionization. Less than 3 percent of the workforce in the Roanoke MSA is unionized.
  • Products include night-vision goggles, optical cable, industrial controls, transmission parts, packaging, and food products.
  • Foreign investment from Japan, Germany, and Canada.
  • Abundant utilities: fiber, water, and electricity.
  • Electric rates below the national average; redundant service available.
  • Affordable, high-quality assistance available through GENEDGE Alliance's network of field offices.

Higher Education Connection

Virginia Tech Center for High Performance Manufacturing

  • Developed to help manufacturers cut costs, improve operations and keep up with customer demand.
  • Areas of specialization include: flexible automation; logistics; production and information systems; rapid prototyping and tooling, and low-cost composite manufacturing.

Advanced Technology in Mechatronics at Virginia Western Community College

  • Providing hands-on experience with industrial control technology key to manufacturing automation.
  • Only school in Virginia to provide a Siemens Certified Mechatronics System Assistant certification.

Advanced Manufacturing & Packaging Technology Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

  • Provides training through course work and labs.
  • Based on Integrated Systems Technology.

Customized training at Virginia’s community colleges

Who's Here

  • Ardagh Group -- Metal food packaging.
  • Dynax America -- Automatic transmission clutch disc plates.
  • GE Energy-- Energy related components and controls.
  • Luna Innovations -- Headquarters of biotech instrumentation and nanotechnology manufacturer.
  • Wholesome Harvest Baking -- Par-baked bread for the in-store bakery and food service market.
  • McAirlaid's -- Non-woven composite materials for absorbency end uses.
  • Optical Cable Corporation -- Headquarters of fiber optic cable manufacturer.
  • Dresser-Rand -- Develops and produces magnetic bearings, controls, and power systems for high speed rotating machinery.
  • Tecton Products -- Pultruded composite products.
  • TMEIC -- Integrator of drives automation systems. Joint venture among GE, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi.

Workforce Development

Use the Roanoke Region's cutting edge education and training centers to develop the workforce you need in advanced manufacturing. Read More

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