Recap: Companies Choose RTW Virginia Over and Over Again

Companies are not only choosing to locate to Right to Work Virginia, but are expanding here as well. Some of the most recent Right to Work Virginia investments are coming from Civica and DroneUp, as well as Coronado. Read on so you can learn more about what this will mean for the state!


Civica is investing $27.8 million in order to add a new location in Right to Work Chesterfield County, Virginia. This will create 51 new jobs as a result.

“With this investment, Civica is building on its long-term commitment to patients, and to Virginia. […] This lab will support a skilled and highly trained workforce who will ensure Civica’s affordable insulin as well as other essential medicines meet the highest standards.” […]

“Civica’s investment is another transformational step forward in strengthening the advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing hub in the Richmond-Petersburg region and positioning Virginia as a key player in domestic drug manufacturing in America. […] Civica is a critical partner in the Commonwealth’s emerging pharmaceutical ecosystem that will ensure access to affordable, lifesaving medications while providing high-quality jobs and an incredible boost to our economy.” […]

“Civica’s new laboratory testing facility in Chesterfield County extends the footprint of the rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturing cluster in the region and will support the coalition’s long-term vision to serve as the world’s central access point for advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing and R&D. […] Today we celebrate Virginia’s vital role in addressing the shortage of affordable essential medicines in our nation and the investment in a new facility that will create high-paying jobs and accelerate research and innovation in the industry.”



DroneUp is expanding HQ in Right to Work Virginia Beach and adding a new location in Dinwiddie County, as well, creating 655 new jobs altogether.

“The team at DroneUp couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve received from Governor Youngkin’s office and the Commonwealth of Virginia as a whole over the years. […] Virginia is our home, and we are proud to be able to continue to bring new innovation, talent, and economic opportunities to our great state. This investment and expansion will not only bring new career opportunities to our region, but also allow us to tap into the brightest minds around Unmanned Aircraft System development and design.” […]

“DroneUp’s expansion in Virginia Beach and new testing, training, and R&D center at Richard Bland College is an exciting step forward for the unmanned systems industry in Virginia and serves as a model for higher education partnerships and economic development. […] With the second-highest concentration of tech workers in the nation and world-class education institutions, the Commonwealth is well-positioned to empower DroneUp’s continued success.” […]

“VIPC’s relationship with DroneUp spans several years and multiple pilot programs with our Virginia Unmanned Systems Center and funding opportunities through our Commonwealth Commercialization Fund and Virginia Venture Partners. […] They are a shining example of Virginia’s willingness to welcome and support innovation and job creation.”



Coronado is expanding in both Buchanan County and Tazewell County, Virginia with a $169.1 million investment, creating 181 new jobs.

“Coronado’s worldwide operations produce the highest quality metallurgical coal used in steel making. […] We are committed to our Buchanan operation in Virginia and see great potential for capitalizing on the growing demand for steel not only for construction and transportation infrastructure but also renewable energy component parts.” […]

“Southwest Virginia has long been an energy engine for the Commonwealth, and Coronado produces a high-demand resource that is a mainstay for infrastructure around the world. […] The company’s investment in Buchanan County and Tazewell County signifies its future longevity and is a vote of confidence in the region’s ability to provide a high-quality workforce, business-friendly climate, and great quality of life.” […]

“Coronado’s additional investment in its Buchanan operation and its skilled workforce demonstrate a commitment to ensuring Virginia remains the energy capital of the East Coast. […] Our team is proud to have partnered with Coronado’s executive leadership in a retention and growth strategy that will supply the world’s steel manufacturers with the highest-quality met coal available in the global market.”


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