UVision USA Corporation, a developer of unmanned military systems, will invest $ 2.2 million to establish a production and training center in Stafford County.
The company will lease 25,000 square feet of space at the Quantico Corporate Center to carry out contracts awarded by the US government for the manufacture and assembly of loitering ammunition and will produce its series of HERO systems, which provide state-of-the-art military equipment, to from mid-2022. .
Virginia successfully competed with Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Texas for the project, which will create 40 new jobs.
âVirginia’s deep military roots and world-class Virginia port are ideal assets for companies like UVision USA,â Governor Ralph Northam said. âThis global company will provide security capabilities to our country. We look forward to the future success of the business.
Founded in 2019, UVision USA Corporation is a wholly owned, Israel-based UVision Air Ltd company that provides military organizations around the world with precise and efficient operational attack capabilities. UVision USA designs and manufactures intelligent defense equipment systems that utilize the integration of advanced airborne guidance and sophisticated navigation algorithms. UVision USA’s innovative and cost-effective systems are based on cutting-edge technology and a combined 30 years of extensive field experience by military professionals, engineers and its management team.
“Virginia’s infrastructure networks, strong talent, and higher education and research institutions have helped advance the unmanned systems industry in the Commonwealth and beyond,” said the Secretary of Commerce and at Commerce Brian Ball. âCompanies like UVision USA have recognized that Virginia is the place to be in this promising and disruptive technology sector. We thank UVision USA for their commitment to Virginia and look forward to continuing our partnership. “
âWe are very excited to choose the Commonwealth to establish our production and training center,â said Jim Truxel, CEO of UVision USA Corporation. âWe compared many sites in Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas, but the Stafford County site in Virginia matches our strategic growth goals and is within a short driving distance to Richmond, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Arlington. Additionally, we are in a key position to utilize access to the Port of Virginia for our international logistics. UVision USA will be an active member of the local community and we plan to network at the state level with companies in Virginia capable of producing materials for the production of the HERO family of equipment.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Stafford County, the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia and will support UVision job creation through the through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, which provides advisory services and financing for new job creation companies to support employee recruitment and training activities.
As a business incentive to support economic development, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program lowers the human resource costs of new and expanding businesses. The Virginia Jobs Investment Program is publicly funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to improving employment opportunities for citizens.
The company is also eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grants program.
“Stafford County’s infrastructure partnership and investments with Merritt Properties at the Quantico Corporate Center and ‘smart technology’ with the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation continue to provide prime opportunities and locations for technology companies like UVision.” said Crystal Vanuch, Chair of the Stafford Board of Directors. âWe look forward to a long term relationship with UVision as they grow their business. “
âWe would like to thank UVision for choosing to relocate to Stafford County,â said Curry Roberts, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington. âThe company will be a valued member of our strong and diverse community of defense contractors. “
âVirginia’s economy benefits when an international company like UVision USA decides to expand,â said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and CEO of the Virginia Port Authority. âUVision is known the world over and needs effective access to global markets, and this is where the Port of Virginia can deliver real and measurable benefits. Our goal is to help UVision capitalize on its investment and grow. We look forward to serving as an international trade gateway for years to come. “
âUVision has chosen an excellent location for this investment,â said State Senator Scott A. Surovell. âStafford County is a growing and prosperous community with exceptional education and talent. As the Department of Rail and Public Transportation considers plans to bring Metro closer to Quantico, that region is also becoming increasingly closely tied to DC and the rest of Northern Virginia. “
âI am delighted that we can bring this economic opportunity to Stafford County, a bright and prosperous community with a talented workforce,â said Del. Candi Mundon King. âThis project shows how our record investments in the Virginia Jobs Investment Program are bearing fruit and creating jobs that bring economic development directly to the communities of the 2nd arrondissement. I look forward to UVision joining a host of other companies who have made the wise decision to locate their business in the Stafford area.