Food Processing & Agribusiness

Targeted Sub-Sectors

  • Specialty Foods
  • Packaged Foods
  • Perishable Foods
  • Beverages

Employment Data

Employed in Food Processing:
  • Frederick County: 1,459
  • Winchester MSA (VA Portion): 1,621
  • Winchester MSA: 1,639

Workforce

 Occupation
Food Batchmakers
Packaging & Filling Machine Operators
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, Weighers
Mixing & Blending Machine Operators
Heavy Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
 Current  Employment* 391  952 861  312   5,181  
 Entry** $9.71  $11.83  $12.98  $15.72  $14.33  
 Experienced** $17.79  $21.68  $25.29  $22.50  $22.40  
 Mean** $15.10  $18.41  $21.20  $20.24  $19.71  

 Industry Turnover  Rate***

3.6%  
*QCEW 1Q2017 for the Frederick County Workforce Draw Area of 45 miles, employment by place of residence
**Wage data from BLS as of 2016 for the Winchester MSA - Winchester, Frederick County, Hampshire County,WV
***JobsEQ Workforce Characteristics, 4 quarters ending 1Q2016 (Food Manufacturing Industry in the Winchester MSA)

Key Advantages

Permitting

  • Priority, streamlined local building permit system
  • Construction can commence in a matter of weeks
  • Permit system parallels building schedules

Infrastructure Availability

  • Competitive electricity rates
  • State-of-the-art utilities and telecommunications infrastructure
  • Construction costs nearly 14% lower than the national average
  • Innovative solutions for food processing waste to greatly reduce treatment costs

Industry Presence

  • More than 20 manufacturers, producing a wide array of products, already operate in Frederick County

University Presence

  • Virginia Tech's Center for High Performance Manufacturing (CHPM) helps manufacturers develop and implement new processes
  • The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is an applied research center that bridges the gap between fundamental research typically performed at universities and product development routinely performed by companies
  • Virginia Tech's Department of Food Science and Technology's Value-Added Product Development Division offers access to a packaging and processing pilot plant, and offers other resources ranging from financial assistance to food safety regulatory assistance
  • Lord Fairfax Community College in Frederick County offers reliable and trusted workforce training programs

Already Operating Here

 Company

Focus

Employees

HP Hood Beverage 500-999
Kraft Heinz Beverage 250-499
Riviana Foods

Food

100-249
Valley Proteins Food 100-249
Foodsource, LLC Food 50-99
Miller Milling Food 20-49
Shawnee Canning Company Food 20-49
Garber Ice Cream Co. Food 20-49
Source: VEC Employment Data, Average Employment from 2Q2017

Find Property

The Green Energy Facility in Frederick County offers a local, sustainable, cost-effective, and environmentally-sound waste disposal solution for food manufacturers and businesses requiring moderate to large amounts of wastewater pre-treatment. Read More

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Economic Development Authority
45 E. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601

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