MEP Ltd. Coming to Danville-Pittsylvania County
Company to Establish First United States Operation in Cyber Park
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that MEP Ltd. will establish their first U.S. operation in the Danville-Pittsylvania Cyber Park. The project will create 45 new jobs and includes $6.4 million in capital investment. The Tobacco Commission is supporting this project with a $270,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grant and a $270,000 TROF Loan. The Commission has also provided $300,000 for the development of the Cyber Park as well as significant support for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research which will serve as MEP’s home while they construct their new facility.
Tobacco Commission member Dr. Alexis Ehrhardt said, “From a single garage in the U.K. all the way to our Cyber Park here in Danville-Pittsylvania County almost 50 years later, MEP is a fantastic success story and I am proud that they chose to open their first U.S. facility in Southern Virginia. The entrepreneurial spirit that MEP represents is a perfect fit for our region, as is their focus on designing and manufacturing products for the aerospace industry, a growing business sector in Southern Virginia. I wish MEP the best as they get their project underway, and welcome them as an important addition to our business community.”
MEP Ltd. is a manufacturer of complex plastic and metal components for the aerospace and defense sectors. Founded in 1972 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, MEP 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 Kent, U.K. The company will operate in the U.S. as Making Everything Possible LLC.
Phil Hart, Executive Chair of MEP Ltd. and President of Making Everything Possible LLC said, “Following extensive research regarding the best location the U.S. for MEP Ltd.’s continued expansion, including North Carolina and northern Virginia, we are delighted to have chosen Danville as our base for Making Everything Possible LLC. The support and guidance we have received form the City, County, and State has been exemplary. 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. 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.”
Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones added, “On behalf of the City of Danville, I want to say ‘thank you’ to MEP for choosing our city and region for its first U.S. operation, and we look forward to them becoming a vital and successful member of the business community. Also, once again, I say ‘thank you’ to all the partners involved in making this day possible. Working together, we are taking Danville and the Dan River Region to the next level.”
Robert W. “Bob” Warren, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors said, “I am pleased that Making Everything Possible, LLC has chosen Danville-Pittsylvania County for its first U.S. operations. Our local economic development team first met with and toured the Company’s U.K. facility during a European trade mission, and it was apparent that the technologies utilized by this Company would greatly complement our existing workforce programs. On behalf of the Board, I thank Mr. Hart and his firm for their commitment to our growing community and wish them nothing but success. In Danville-Pittsylvania County anything is possible.”
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