U.K. plastics and metal manufacturer to bring first U.S. operation to Southside

Southside Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that MEP Ltd., a manufacturer of complex plastic and metal components for the aerospace and defense sectors, will invest $6.4 million to establish the first U.S. operation in Cyber Park, which is jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

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 against North Carolina for the project which will 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. 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.”

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA)

MEP, Ltd. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in the United Kingdom. The company has successfully served the aerospace and defense sectors for four decades.

MEP has $3.2 million in global sales and currently operates a 21,000-square-foot plastic and metal components manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom.

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 Virginia.

Northam approved a $135,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Danville-Pittsylvania County with the project.

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.

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