Press Release

Joint IDA to Host Meeting in Rural Retreat

The Board of Directors of the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Wytheville, and Rural Retreat (Joint IDA) will host its monthly board meeting at the Rural Retreat Depot on May 25, 2017, at 3:00pm. By taking its “show on the road” the Board hopes to solicit input from citizens all over its representative… Read more »

Branch Botanicals Chooses Wythe County’s Progress Park for First Facility and Headquarters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  May 11, 2016 Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County Contact: David Manley, Executive Director E-mail: Phone: 276-223-3370 Branch Botanicals, Inc. Contact: Dr. Dan Tolley, President E-mail: Phone: 703-346-5291 State and local officials gathered with representatives of Branch Botanicals, Inc., in Wythe County, Virginia, and announced a significant economic… Read more »

Somic America Breaks Ground on $10 million Wythe County Expansion

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, a rare pause was taken in production at Somic America’s location in Wytheville, Virginia. Employees, management, contractors, engineers, local leaders, and others gathered as ground was broken on a 50,000 square foot expansion that will significantly increase the manufacturing facility’s footprint in Progress Park. Somic America’s investment in this project… Read more »

Schaffner MTC Transformers to invest $3.1 million to expand operation

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Schaffner MTC Transformers, a developer and manufacturer of standard and custom components and high-performance transformers, will invest $3.1 million to expand its operation in the Town of Wytheville in Wythe County. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which is expected to create in the coming years 79… Read more »


Former Legislative Aide Joins Staff After an extensive search process, the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County has named John Matthews its Associate Director. JIDA Board Chairman David Kause commented, “John was the unanimous choice of the hiring committee. His experience in dealing with the public and with facets of state government uniquely qualify… Read more »

Staff report

A Wytheville manufacturing company has announced a $3 million expansion project that will add 22 new jobs. Coperion Corporation, located on Stafford Umberger Drive in the Fairview Industrial Park, is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and supplies businesses with plastics, chemicals, food and aluminum products. According to David Manley, executive director of the Joint Industrial Authority… Read more »

Governor McAuliffe Announces $3 Million Investment in Wythe County

Coperion Corporation to expand manufacturing operation and create 22 new jobs Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Coperion Corporation, in collaboration with local real estate developer WYCO, LLC (William Ellenbogen Managing Member), will invest a total of more than $3 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Wythe County. Coperion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc. since… Read more »


DASH Transportation, LLC, of Wytheville was named “Carrier of the Year” for 2013 for the Mid-Atlantic region by Quaker/Gatorade. David Kause, Regional Transportation Manager for Blue Ridge Gatorade, presented DASH Transportation President and CEO David Perkins with the award at the monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Joint Industrial Development Authority of… Read more »

Appalachian Cast Products Expands Wytheville Facility

WYTHEVILLE–Appalachian Cast Products, Inc., today received a grant from the Joint Industrial Development Authority to assist with the expansion of its Wytheville facility at 585 Stafford Umberger Drive in Fairview Industrial Park. The company will invest $1.6 M in a building expansion and additional equipment and create 16 new jobs in addition to saving 12… Read more »

Joint IDA of Wythe County Presents Industry Tenure Awards

WYTHEVILLE—The Joint Industrial Development Authority recently presented tenure awards (recognizing five-year increments) for 2014 to several Wythe County industries. These awards were presented at a special luncheon held at the Wytheville Meeting Center on February 27, 2014. Dr. Alan Hawthorne, Executive Director of the Joint IDA was the keynote speaker. Dr. Hawthorne spoke about economic… Read more »