British defense contractor cuts ribbon
at new facility in Blacksburg, VA
December 8, 2010
On November 9th, Cobham Sensor Systems held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new 50,000 square-foot engineering and manufacturing facility in the Blacksburg Industrial Park. Cobham Sensor Systems is a division of the British defense contractor Cobham plc, which generates more than $2.1 billion in annual sales and employs 12,000 people worldwide.
The Blacksburg, Virginia operation will produce monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) components that are used in defense and aerospace applications including radar, communications and electronic warfare systems. The relocation of Cobham Sensor Systems to Montgomery County-Blacksburg brings with it 60 high-tech jobs and approximately $7 million of investment by the company.
The business chose to relocate to Montgomery County-Blacksburg to upgrade to a more modern facility. Built in 2001 by the Economic Development Authority of Montgomery County, the state-of-the-art Technology Manufacturing Building is equipped with an 11,000 square-foot clean room and offers Cobham additional space to expand in the future.
The opportunity to collaborate with Virginia Tech, an internationally renowned research university, faculty and students also played into Cobham's decision to move to the community. "The location provides significant opportunities for synergy with nearby Virginia Tech and other technology leaders in the area" the company said in a recent press release.
"Cobham is a design and manufacturing company of semiconductors is exactly the type of company the Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority want to bring to our area as a preferred industry" said Jim Politis, Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, at the Cobham ribbon cutting ceremony.
2010 marks the second straight year that a technology-based company has relocated to Montgomery County. In 2009, Inorganic Ventures Inc.,a manufacturer of custom and conventional chemical standards for businesses all around the world, successfully relocated its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility from Lakewood, New Jersey to Falling Branch Corporate Park in Christiansburg (View Ribbon Cutting Ceremony).