Washington County offers a business-friendly operating environment for metal manufacturers as well as the OEMs they supply.
Our Business Benefits
Businesses in the metal manufacturing industry in Washington County benefit from:
– A large workforce with diverse skill sets and advanced problem-solving skills
– Lower-than-average wages
– An excellent transportation network
Washington County provides room for your business to grow in a safe and scenic environment rich with cultural and recreational amenities.
Metalworking technology, upstream metal manufacturing and downstream metal manufacturing employ over 2,100 people in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013).
Virginia ranks #2 for the overall tax burden of mature labor-intensive manufacturing firms (Tax Foundation – Location Matters, 2015).
Key Washington County Employers
|General Engineering||Precision Machining/Hydraulic Cylinders||100-199|
|Appalachian Cast Products||Die Castings||~100|
|Metal Castings Co.||Custom Molded Aluminum Alloy Castings||50-99|
|Wolf Hills Fabricators||Metal Fabrication||50-99|
|Central Machine Shop||Machine Shop||1-19|
|Glade Machine Co.||Machine Shop||1-19|
|Virginia Metals, Inc.||Metal Fabricating & Stamping||1-19|
|Virginia Laser||Precision Laser Cutting||1-19|
Washington County is also home to several companies that are complementary to and supported by its metal manufacturing industries. These include:
|Bristol Compressors International||Hermetic Compressors||600-649|
|Utility Trailer of Glade Spring||Dry Freight Trailers||550-599|
|Columbus McKinnon Corp||Chain Hoists||200-249|
|HAPCO American Flagpole||Aluminum Flag Poles||150-199|
|Hirschfeld Industries Bridge||Steel Plate Fabricator||50-99|
|Zenith Fuel Systems||Carburetors||20-49|
Back in 1999, when Michael Ferracci, President of Appalachian Cast Products, was looking for a location for his new business, he chose Washington County over North Carolina because of his love of the region. ACP now has close to 100 employees and has recently expanded its facility into an adjacent 57,000 sq ft building. The company does high-pressure molding, die-casting, machining, and some finishing work and is considering adding other services to provide even greater value to its customers.
Wages for workers in this industry are low to competitive in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol VA/TN MSA compared with wages in similar markets.
Comparative Wages for Metal Manufacturing
|Occupations||MSA||Chicago, IL||Pittsburgh, PA||Cleveland, OH||US Average|
|Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||$14.54||$18.28||$19.71||$17.77||$18.47|
|Sheet Metal Workers||$19.74||$35.83||$30.35||$24.27||$23.95|
|Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||$14.84||$17.31||$18.61||$16.51||$16.62|
|Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||$17.19||$19.19||$16.68||$17.33||$18.31|
|Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||$11.72||$17.45||$16.95||$14.70||$15.15|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Transportation & Logistics
Located midway between the northern and southern U.S., Washington County has convenient interstate access to 40% of the U.S. population within a day’s drive. In addition to its convenient and efficient highway system, the region is connected by rail, air, and sea. Learn more
Education & Training
Washington County’s community colleges and universities provide a number of programs to train workers for the metal manufacturing industry.