Food and Beverage Processing


Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance4 hours ago
Quality Maritime Surveyors (QMS), a leading provider of maritime non-destructive testing education and training in Australia is proud to announce its expansion into Virginia. With a rich history of supporting the Collins class in Australia and a deep-rooted commitment to maritime excellence, QMS is poised to bring its expertise to the heart of the U.S. shipbuilding industry in Hampton Roads. The company is backed by years of experience in naval submarine and shipbuilding and has developed and refined processes to train maritime technicians. With offices dedicated to naval submarine and shipbuilding in South Australia, Osborne, and Western Australia, Henderson, QMS has established itself as a trusted partner in the maritime defense sector.

As part of its expansion, QMS will initially establish a presence in the Virginia Defense Landing at the Hampton Roads Alliance’s IDEA Lab in the World Trade Center in Norfolk, while they seek a permanent location in Newport News.

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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance6 days ago
We were honored to host Director, Enoh Ebong of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) at the Hampton Roads Alliance's IDEA Lab. Business Retention Expansion representatives from most of the 14 localities joined the conversation. She discussed USTDA's mission of supporting high quality infrastructure overseas through reverse trade missions. For every dollar of grant funding the federal government service provides, they see a return of $231 in imports. Director Ebong is also visiting the The Port of Virginia this afternoon. We look forward to a continued partnership.
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 weeks ago
Check out this highlight reel from our 2024 Annual Meeting! Several hundred of our allies in economic development assembled at Hampton University- to hear from renowned author and scholar Bruce Katz, network, and celebrate the successes of 2023 to include a 25-year-record for projects with 13 supported announcements. Chelsea Jenkins Olivieri, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade was recognized as our 2023 Ally of the Year. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Hampton Economic Development.
Hampton Roads Alliance

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. Kevin Hughes, Deputy City Manager 
(P) 757-514-4040

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