Food and Beverage Processing


Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 days ago
The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is facing a workforce shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an estimated 3.5 million vacancies likely by 2026. In addition to Virginia being the No. 1 state in defense spending, Hampton Roads is “well-positioned” in the war for talent with roughly 14,000 service members transitioning out of the military annually and about half remaining in the region. The Alliance, along with its peers at the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance recently spoke with Business Facilities on how Hampton Roads is ensuring the current workforce is prepared for the future, and looking for opportunities to create a resilient aerospace and defense industry in the years ahead.
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 weeks ago
Governor Glenn Youngkin announced yesterday that Katoen Natie Norfolk Inc., a plastics and polymers warehousing and distribution company and subsidiary of Katoen Natie, will invest $59.9 million to expand in the City of Norfolk! The company will add a 450,000-square-foot warehouse, a rail yard, and expand its existing rail spur to meet increased demand. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia and South Carolina for the project, which will create 76 new jobs.

Parent company Katoen Natie is an international logistics service provider and port operator founded in 1854 and headquartered in Belgium. Katoen Natie is present in 35 countries on five continents, employing 15,000 worldwide. The Alliance worked with the City of Norfolk, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and The Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia.

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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 weeks ago
DOMA Technologies (DOMA), a USA-headquartered software and digital transformation company, will invest $3.7 million to expand in the City of Virginia Beach, creating 307 new jobs. The company’s new 69,000-square-foot headquarters facility will house nearly 500 total employees within the next three years. DOMA Technologies was founded in Virginia Beach, Va. in 2000 as a cloud-based document management company that realized a need for a holistic approach to document management and emerging cloud technology. Congratulations to our partners at the City of Virginia Beach and VEDP on this exciting announcement!

Suffolk, VA

Suffolk is a rapidly growing city in south central Hampton Roads , and is home to several prosperous companies. With outstanding schools, experienced labor force, quality workforce development programs and overall excellent quality-of-life, there are many reasons why someone would opt to move to or do business in Suffolk.

Industry Highlights

The City of Suffolk has assets to support a diverse range of industry sectors, with a strong focus on food and beverage processing, warehousing and distribution, and professional office space. At a size of 430 square miles, with ample developable sites and great connectivity, Suffolk provides an excellent location for business growth and expansion.

Recent investment announcements include:

  • Cooke Seafood investing over $3 million dollars in the Wanchese Fish Company’s seafood processing facility in Northgate Industrial Park to expand operations
  • Blue Bell Creameries opening their 14,000 SF distribution center in Northgate Industrial Park
  • Lipton Tea expansion into owning and blending the TAZO Tea line at the Suffolk tea processing facility
  • Hampton Roads Moving & Storage’s expansion of operations
  • Tegra Global’s addition of $2m in new equipment to handle additional product lines
  • Target Upstream Distribution Center’s and NEXCOM Distribution Center’s addition of new multi-million dollar product lines

Suffolk’s close proximity to The Port of Virginia draws businesses that embark in international trade operations. Companies with West Coast facilities such as Ace Hardware, Emser Tile, Friant & Associates have invested in Suffolk thanks to the ease of access to Port of Virginia, rail and highway networks to maximize their supply chain network most efficiently.


With one of the fastest growing populations in the state and region, Suffolk continues to draw new residents from around the country. According to Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia, 93,825 call Suffolk home. This figure represents a robust 10.9% population percent increase since 2010, notably higher than the state average increase. In fact, it is projected that Suffolk will surpass 100,000 people mark before 2025.

Local workforce development resources supplement the labor force. The “Schools to Work Program” is a new workforce development initiative that began in 2018. Suffolk Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education department and Suffolk Economic Development aligned high school students with Suffolk businesses to create a relationship, increase exposure, educate the students and enforce the employment pipeline for the businesses.


Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Manufacturing 28,009 %45.05
Health Care and Social Assistance 12,771 %20.54
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 6,214 %9.99
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,750 %7.64
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,440 %3.92

Source: EMSI


Median Age
Labor Force
Unemployment Rate
Median Household Income
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Esri Business Analyst Online

Key Companies


Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA




Suffolk Economic Development

Mr. Nic Langford, Director of Development 
(P) 757-514-4040

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