Food production machinery manufacturer investing $7.5M to expand operations
Commercial food production machinery manufacturer Ross Industries is investing $7.5 million to expand its facility in Fauqier County, Virginia. The expansion will include a new 24,000-square-foot product assembly building and upgrades in robotic fabrication and manufacturing technology.
Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Midland, Virginia, Ross Industries offers solutions including portion control machinery, chillers and freezers, formers and pressers, slicers and tray sealing equipment for companies in the fruit and vegetable, seafood, poultry, meat, meat alternative, cheese and pet food industries.
“We are excited to expand our facility, a testament to our longstanding commitment to Fauquier County, our home for over five decades,” Jamie Usrey, president and CEO of Ross Industries, said in a news release. “We feel deeply rooted in this community. We have employees who have been dedicated to Ross for more than 45 years, including multiple generations of families who made Ross their career. This expansion, coupled with our partnership with several local technical education organizations for our fast-track machinist program, leadership, and management programs exemplify our ongoing promise to the people and the future of Fauquier County.”
The expansion is expected to create 24 jobs, according to a news release from. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office.
“Ross Industries’ decision to reinvest in Fauquier County secures its important community presence for another 50 years to come and demonstrates how Virginia is capturing growth in the rebounding manufacturing sector,” Youngkin said in the release. “Robotic technology is the future of the industry, and I’m proud that the Commonwealth is part of that trajectory.”