MARKET OVERVIEW

The Shenandoah Valley offers a readily trainable workforce and a powerful cluster of employers rooted in manufacturing, agriculture, and logistics. Home to successful long-standing companies, contagious entrepreneurial spirit, and complete workforce solutions, the Shenandoah Valley was rated by Colliers International as one of the “10 Emerging U.S. Industrial Markets to Watch in 2019.”

#1 Region in the Virginia for the total value of agricultural products sold

4X Food and Beverage production is more than four times that of the national average

4 out of 5 of Virginia’s top agriculture-producing counties are located here

Explore the ways we’re positioned to provide businesses access to the most competitive markets both nationally and internationally. See how the proximity of the Virginia Inland Port means you can reach international markets without having to pay higher coastal prices. Learn how a new partnership at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is providing unprecedented connectivity to the rest of the world. And find out how relying on 137 miles of interstate system alone, a business could boast a One Day Truck to Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, and New York – and that’s only for starters.

Virtual Roundtable: Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Opportunities

“Being strategically placed here in the Shenandoah Valley allows us access to all major interstates. We can be right on Interstate 81 in just a few minutes from all three of our facilities that we ship from which allows us to have direct access to our customers and minimize our shipping time.” Tara Rutherford, Logistics Manager, Mercury Paper Inc.

Watch the Virtual Roundtable Discussion below to hear more from Mercury Paper, The Port of Virginia, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, and InterChange Group, Inc. who experience daily how this network fully supports businesses in the Shenandoah Valley. 

(51:35 min. watch)


View the announcements below or click here to read the many reasons our business leaders choose the Shenandoah Valley to grow their company’s future. 

Shenandoah Valley Announcements · 2019 – Present

Company Name Location Description Date Announced New Jobs Investment (MM$)
VIRTEX City of Waynesboro Expansion of new product line at existing Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) Provider. September 2020 50 0
Hershey Chocolate of Virginia, Inc.  Augusta County Expansion at leading North American chocolate producer and global snacks company. June 2020 110 135
Devils Backbone Brewing Company Rockbridge County New can packing equipment on bottling line at existing craft brewery and beverage manufacturer.   April 2020 0 1.6
Artisan Packaging City of Harrisonburg Expansion of manufacturer of plastic bottles for pharmaceutical and personal care industry sectors. March 2020 18 0
Rockbridge Vineyard Rockbridge County Addition of  brewery operation to existing vineyard.  January 2020 4 0.3
Sage Bird Ciderworks City of Harrisonburg New production facility and tasting room for hard cidery January 2020 6 0.155
Raven Engineered Films City of Waynesboro New facility to design and manufacture flexible films and sheets. January 2020 11 0.31
Artisan Packaging City of Harrisonburg Expansion of manufacturer of plastic bottles for pharmaceutical and personal care industry sectors. September 2019 15 0
Howell Metal Co. Shenandoah County Expansion of manufacturer of copper tubes and fittings. August 2019 102 8.039
Shenandoah Valley Organics City of Harrisonburg Organic poultry processing facility expansion July 2019 0 5
Hershey Chocolate of Virginia, Inc Augusta County Leading North American chocolate producer and global snacks company facility expansion May 2019 65 104.4
Merck & Co., Inc. Rockingham County Biopharmaceutical manufacturing expansion. May 2019 152 1000
Flow Alkaline Spring Water* Augusta County New operation for provider of naturally alkaline spring water April 2019 51 15.5
Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill in Virginia, Inc.* Bath County Stave mill expansion for craft beverage industry April 2019 45 0.114
Dynovis, Inc. Rockbridge New manufacturing operation of rapid development shelters and aerostats. March 2019 44 0.592
*Indicates foreign affiliation          

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

Harrisonburg MSA · Manufacturing

Company Product/Service Estimated Employment
Cargill Poultry processing 1500-2500
ComSonics, Inc. Telecommunications equipment 100 – 299
Georges, Inc. Poultry processing 300 – 599
Artisan Packaging Plastic bottles 300 – 599
Merck  Pharmaceuticals 1,000 – 1,499
Molson Coors Beverage Company Malt beverages 300 – 599
Montebello Packaging Aluminum tubes 300-599
Perdue Farms, Inc. Poultry processing 600 – 999
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Poultry processing 1,500 – 2,499
LSC Communications Book printing 1,000 – 1,499
Tenneco Automotive Inc. Motor vehicle parts 600 – 999
Valley Building Supply, Inc. Concrete products 100 – 299
Intrapac, Inc. Aluminum products 300-599
DanoneWave (Formerly WhiteWave Foods) Milk, Soy Products 300-599

Harrisonburg MSA · Non-Manufacturing

Company Product/Service Estimated Employment
James Madison University Higher edudcation 2,500 – 4,999
Marshalls Retail distribution 600 – 999
Massanutten Resort Recreation/Resort 1,500 – 2,499
Sentara RMH Medical Center Health care 2,500-4,999
Rosetta Stone Language learning software 300-599
Serco Patent classification 100-299
Sysco Food Services Food service distribution 300-599
Walmart Retail distribution 600 – 999

Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro MSA · Manufacturing 

Company Product/Service Estimated Employment
Mckee Foods Corporation Food Processing 500-999
Hershey Chocolate of Virginia Food Processing 500-999
AAF McQuay, Inc. HVAC 500-999
Hollister Incorporated Health Care 500-999
Nibco Piping / Fittings 250-499
Ply Gem Siding/Building Supplies 250-499
Graphic Packaging International Packaging 100-249
Cadence Medical Device/Specialty Blades 250-299
Neuman Aluminum Aluminum impact extruded parts 50-99
Rexnord Industries Gear Drives, Bearings, Couplings 50-99
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