By STAFF REPORTS

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that M.C. Dean Inc. will invest $25.1 million to incorporate a new product line at its fabrication and distribution facility in Caroline County.

Virginia successfully competed with several states for the project, which is expected to create 100 new jobs. The expansion is scheduled to open this summer under a new name: the Caroline County Center for Innovation and Industry.

Officials said it will double the company’s capacity to provide integrated electrical, security and telecom systems for data centers, airports, healthcare facilities and other customers.

“With over 1,500 employees and a 70-year history in Virginia, M.C. Dean is a valued employer that continues to demonstrate tremendous confidence in the Commonwealth’s business climate and skilled workforce,” Northam said in a news release. “The company’s major expansion in Caroline County will help strengthen both the regional economy and Virginia’s growing advanced manufacturing sector, and we thank M.C. Dean for its long-term partnership and reinvestment in the Commonwealth.”

M.C. Dean is headquartered in Tysons and has more than 3,500 employees.

The company began development of its prefabrication facility in Ruther Glen in 2003 and opened the site in 2006. Today, the facility serves as the home for ModularME, M.C. Dean’s product line of large-scale, fully-integrated, modularized power, electronic security and telecom systems and rooms that are engineered, integrated, tested and pre-commissioned at the center before being transported to project and construction sites across the United States.

“We are proud to celebrate M.C. Dean’s third investment in its fabrication and distribution facility in Caroline County, bringing total job creation to over 200 employees since 2004,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball.

The expansion, which opens this summer, will double the company’s manufacturing capacity to support high-growth, mission-critical customers such as data centers, airports, and healthcare facilities. The site of the expansion was renamed the Caroline County Center for Innovation and Industry.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Caroline County to secure the project for Virginia. Northam approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the county with the project. He also approved a $250,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment program.

“M.C. Dean’s creation of The Caroline County Center for Innovation and Industry is a tremendous advancement in Caroline County’s capacity to become a technology employment center in the region,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Clay Forehand.

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