150 NEW JOBS COMING TO WASHINGTON COUNTY
1901 Group to Establish Third Virginia Operation in Washington County
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that 1901 Group will establish its third Virginia operation in Washington County. In addition to the 150 jobs this project will create the project will also generate $1.15 million in capital investment. 1901 Group is a leading provider of innovative IT services and solutions in the public and private sector market. The Tobacco Commission is assisting this project with a $140,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grant.
Tobacco Commission Chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore said, “This expansion is great news for Washington County and all of Southwest Virginia. 1901 Group is a leader in IT services and is based right here in Virginia. I’m excited about the opportunity for the Commission, and our InvestSWVA team, to support 1901 Group’s efforts to develop a sustainable IT workforce in Southwest Virginia. This is exactly the kind of innovative business we are trying to attract to the Tobacco Region and I know that here in Southwest Virginia they will find a more than capable workforce and inviting community that will make their latest expansion a success.”
Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball added “1901 Group’s decision to expand its corporate footprint to a third region of the Commonwealth is a strong testament to our competitive business climate, infrastructure, and workforce. Virginia provides 1901 Group with one of the nation’s largest tech talent pools to support the company’s rapid growth. We thank 1901 Group for bringing 150 high-tech jobs to rural Virginia.”
1901 Group delivers cloud, cyber security, and enterprise-scale managed services to transition customers from traditional on-premise IT infrastructure and support models to hybrid cloud solutions that improve performance and reduce costs. Founded in 2009, 1901 Group supports customers that span federal, state, and local governments, including law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and commercial markets.
Headquartered in Reston, VA, 1901 Group currently has two offices in Virginia (Reston and Blacksburg), plus personnel in more than 20 locations across the United States. The 1901 Group family includes over 350 experts serving customers worldwide. They support a highly skilled workforce with a ratio of 2/1 technology certifications to engineers and have been recognized as one of Virginia’s Fantastic 50 fastest growing businesses.
“1901 Group is committed to investing in growing talent to address the deficit of cloud engineering and cyber talent in the public sector,” said CEO of 1901 Group Sonu Singh. “Our business model is based on engaging rural communities to create the next wave of IT talent focused on automation, streamlining, and continual improvement in large scale IT environments. Abingdon fits that profile with its access to embedded talent at nearby universities and community colleges.”
“Attraction and growth of technology-driven businesses is critical to our continued efforts to promote economic diversification and long-term community prosperity,” said Dwayne Ball, Chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors. “I am pleased that our County and the Washington County Industrial Development Authority were able to work together to help this project come to fruition. We are very excited, and we warmly welcome 1901 Group to our community.”
The Tobacco Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in the regions we serve. Supporting the expansion of existing Virginia businesses into the tobacco region, like 1901 Group, is a great way to meet this goal especially when those businesses are in rapidly growing fields like IT.
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