Netherlands-based ISO Group, a supplier of automation solutions in protected horticulture, has decided to invest $570,000 to establish its first U.S. assembly and distribution facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The move comes after Virginia successfully competed with Georgia for the project, which is set to create 30 new jobs over five years.
With a rapidly growing list of key customers in the United States, ISO Group has become a leader in automating labor-intensive tasks within the international horticultural industry. The company’s decision to establish its first U.S. operation in Chesterfield County is a testament to Virginia’s position as a top state in Controlled Environment Agriculture.
“Virginia’s central location on the Eastern Seaboard puts ISO USA within driving distance to 80% of our current customers in the United States and Canada, and only 2-days shipping to all of North America,” said John Menendez, General Manager and Vice President of the Americas for ISO Group USA. “With customer service at the heart of this expansion, Chesterfield is the perfect launch point for our new American headquarters.”
ISO USA’s central location on the Eastern Seaboard puts it within driving distance to 80% of the company’s customers in the United States and Canada, and only two days shipping to all of North America. This, coupled with Virginia’s correct location, infrastructure, and skilled workforce, makes the state attractive for global leaders like ISO Group.
The assembly and distribution facility for ISO Group’s innovative and effective machines used in the horticultural industry is set to be located in one of Chesterfield’s designated Technology Zones. The company’s decision confirms Chesterfield’s and Virginia’s position as “open for business,” boosting the region’s economy.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership played a crucial role in securing the project for Virginia, with the support of Chesterfield County and the Greater Richmond Partnership. In addition, the project will be supported through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which aims to reduce the human resource costs of new and expanding companies and support employee recruitment and training activities, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for its citizens.
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