RICHMOND—MEP Ltd. (MEP), a manufacturer of complex plastic and metal components for the aerospace and defense sectors, will invest $6.4 million to establish its first U.S. operation in Cyber Park, jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, according to a release from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).
The company, which will operate in the U.S. as Making Everything Possible LLC, will occupy approximately 5,500 square feet at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) while its new facility is constructed. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which is expected to create 45 new jobs.
“Virginia’s manufacturing industry is large and diverse, and we are excited to partner with MEP Ltd. as the company opens its first U.S. operation in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam, in the release. “Danville-Pittsylvania County has developed an inventory of business-ready sites and training programs to ensure a strong pipeline of skilled workers, enabling Southern Virginia to attract global businesses like MEP.”
MEP Ltd., founded in 1972 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, has served the aerospace and defense sectors for four decades. The company currently operates a 21,000-square-foot plastic and metal components manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom.
“The Commonwealth’s unparalleled connection to the global economy is especially attractive to international companies, and Southern Virginia has attracted many of them,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, in the release. “Making Everything Possible LLC will be equipped with 21st-century talent and infrastructure while making an invaluable economic impact on Danville-Pittsylvania County.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority, Invest Southern Virginia, and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to secure the project for the Commonwealth. Governor Northam approved a $135,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Danville-Pittsylvania County with the project.
“Following extensive research regarding the best location in the U.S. for MEP Ltd.’s continued expansion, we are delighted to choose Danville as our base for Making Everything Possible LLC,” said Phil Hart, executive chair of MEP Ltd. and president of Making Everything Possible LLC, in the release. “The support and guidance we have received from the City, County, and the Commonwealth has been exemplary.”
The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $270,000 from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund for the project. MEP is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding, and services to support the company’s job creation, will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, according to the release.
“The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is a very particular draw for us, as the approach to encouraging the growth of STEM skills and diversity has been a major reason for our decision, and we look forward to working closely with Troy Simpson and his team to continue the good work in advanced manufacturing and technology,” Hart continued. “Together, we can grow our U.S. business, sharing our success with the people of Danville and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Together, we can go beyond, Making Everything Possible.”