Department of Economic Development
City of Manassas
Contact: Nicole Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 18, 2019
City of Manassas Secures $8.5 Million Investment and 105 Jobs
High Purity Systems Inc. to expand manufacturing facility in Manassas
Manassas, VA — September 18, 2019 — Governor Ralph Northam announced in Richmond today that High Purity Systems,
Inc., an industry leader in the fabrication and installation of process piping systems, will invest more than $8.5 million in the City of
Manassas. The investment includes acquisition of a 30,000 square foot facility that will triple current production capacity and create
105 new jobs with average annual salaries exceeding $100,000. The City of Manassas and Virginia successfully competed against
the state of Maryland for the company’s investment.
“High Purity Systems has thrived in the City of Manassas for more than three decades, and we are honored that the company has
again chosen to reinvest in the Commonwealth for its latest multi-million-dollar expansion,” said Governor Northam.
The growing reputation of Manassas as a regional high-tech hub
In recent years, Manassas has become a highly sought-after location for advanced manufacturing and technology-based companies.
Major expansions to existing facilities have been announced by Micron Technology, Aurora Flight Sciences (A Boeing Company), and
Chantilly Air. These economic development victories are signs of a vibrant local economy that has cultivated an environment in which
• 4 major expansions for businesses choosing to stay and grow in Manassas
• Over $3.2 Billion of investments announced since August 2018
• More than 1,250 technology and advanced manufacturing jobs added since July 2018
“High Purity Systems has become a vital part of the Manassas business community with ties to several of the City’s largest
employers in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. We are proud to have created an environment in which companies like HPS
thrive and grow here in Manassas, helping make us a regional employment center with one of the greatest percentages of high-wage
jobs in professional and technical services in Virginia,” said Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish.
The region’s highly-skilled and qualified workforce is a winning factor
The City’s ability to attract and retain private sector jobs is a driving force for this success. In fact, 75% of Northern Virginia’s highly-educated
and highly-skilled workforce lives within a 30-mile commute of the City of Manassas. Manassas also has the 4th highest
pay for tech workers, the 16th highest per capita income, and the tenth highest weekly wages in Virginia. The continued availability
and influx of workers entices companies like High Purity Systems to stay and grow in Manassas.
The Manassas Economic Development Authority played a major role in the company’s decision to expand in the City. Recognizing
the significant economic impact of the company’s expansion, the EDA worked closely with them to identify a location suitable for
the expansion. Not only is HPS creating new jobs and making a significant capital expenditure, but it is also contributing to the
revitalization of an aging industrial sector of the city. The site of the new production facility will replace a former vehicle storage yard.
“The Economic Development Authority is thrilled High Purity Systems has chosen to stay in Manassas, and are looking forward to
their continued success,” said Economic Development Authority Chairman Mark Olsen.
“High Purity Systems, Inc. is proud to partner with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the City of Manassas
Economic Development Authority to expand our operations,” said Jody Ralston, CEO of High Purity Systems, Inc. “Our company
and our employees’ families have deep roots in the area, which is why we’re thrilled to remain in the City of Manassas and the
Commonwealth of Virginia. This expansion significantly increases our capacity to serve our industrial and government client base
throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, as well as our national fabrication customers.
About the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development
The City of Manassas fosters economic development through collaborative partnerships, sustainable fiscal management and
supportive City services. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is directly responsible for business attraction, retention,
expansion and tourism initiatives in the City. As a resourceful and collaborative organization, we work in partnership with our key
stakeholders to ensure that we have what businesses need; including a highly educated and technical workforce with access to major
universities and first-class training providers. We take an active leadership role in all that we do, serving as a community builder,
collaborator and agent of economic growth. For help with your business needs please visit: https://choosemanassas.org/ or call
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