Germany-based TAG America Inc. Selects Virginia Beach for First U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TAG America Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TAG Chemicals GmbH, has selected Virginia Beach for its first manufacturing location in the United States. TAG America Inc. will produce water-based, non-toxic, specialty chemicals such as agent releasers for a variety of industrial clients. TAG Chemicals GmbH is headquartered in Bischofsheim, Germany.

“We are excited to welcome TAG America Inc., a family owned company, to our growing international business community,” said Director of Virginia Beach Economic Development Warren D. Harris. “Small and medium-sized European enterprises increasingly understand the importance of having a U.S. facility for long-term growth and success. Virginia Beach, the region and the Commonwealth’s efforts to attract this target market continue to produce outstanding results.”

TAG America Inc. conducted a real estate search in several states on the East Coast to host production, storage, sales and administration before selecting a 6,400-square-foot facility at 5721 Bayside Road in Virginia Beach. Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord in the transaction.

“We dedicated a lot of time before selecting Virginia Beach for our newest international operation,” said Andreas Kemper, managing director for TAG Chemicals GmbH. “We believe the strategic location, the favorable business climate and the support we received make Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach the best location for TAG America Inc.”

TAG Chemicals GmbH was founded in 2003 and operates facilities in Germany, South Africa, India and the Czech Republic. The company is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001-certified as quality management systems with core competencies in research and development. The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, along with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, assisted the company during the decision- making process.

“Having TAG America Inc. locate in Virginia Beach is one more example of the quality of this region’s economic development professionals,” said Kevin Sweeney, interim president and CEO for the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA). “We all work together to promote Hampton Roads as the preferred location to companies around the world. These firms contribute significantly to the economic environment and ultimately form strong partnerships with our existing domestic companies. It’s an important process that diversifies our local economy and demonstrates the value the Alliance brings to its members and partners.”

The company will initially hire six employees, with plans to expand as its North American customer base grows. Hiring will begin in spring 2016 after the facility has been modified for its operations.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 440,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2012 and is one of only 29 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. It is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi magazine. CNNMoney.com ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com..

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