via John Reid Blackwell for Richmond Times-Dispatch [link]

M.C. Dean Inc., an electrical design-build and systems integration company, is adding a new product line at its fabrication and distribution facility in Caroline County, which will create 100 new jobs.

The company will invest $25.1 million in the project, state officials said Wednesday.

Fairfax County-based M.C. Dean has more than 3,500 employees who design and deploy automated power and technology systems for customers such as data centers, airports and health care facilities.

It currently has 99 employees at its facility in Caroline. M.C. Dean began development of the prefabrication facility there in 2003 and opened the site in 2006.

M.C. Dean is adding 90,000 square feet of manufacturing to the site, which will double its capacity. To support the expansion, the company bought an additional 220 acres of land adjacent to its current site off state Route 207 near the Ruther Glen exit of Interstate 95.

The expansion is expected to open this summer.

M.C. Dean has renamed the site its Caroline County Center for Innovation and Industry.

“The Center for Innovation and Industry is a strategic investment to grow our modular production and manufacturing capabilities to meet customer demands for speed to market, improved quality and more reliable pricing,” said Bill Dean, the chief executive officer of M.C. Dean, in a statement. “We believe that modular delivery is the future of the construction industry, and we’re pleased with our decision to double down on that investment here in our home state of Virginia.”

Gov. Ralph Northam approved a $500,000 incentive grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund for the project, along with a $250,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment program, an incentive that encourages capital investment by existing Virginia companies.

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