Spandex, hot dogs, and moon landings.
Uniquely positioned on the I-81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Waynesboro is the hub of transportation with road and rail access to major population centers plus advanced fiber communication. The city has a strong heritage of innovation and manufacturing excellence with a commitment to the future. Waynesboro also serves as a regional retail center and gateway to outstanding cultural and recreational amenities.
Our manufacturing prowess dates to the 1800s when companies flocked to the area to take advantage of the water and transportation access. Stoves, doors, furniture, bricks, barrels, dairy products, paper, and matches all carried the “Made in Waynesboro” label. Later, DuPont’s Benger Laboratory invented the synthetic fiber “Spandex” or “Lycra” and began manufacturing it, GE operated manufacturing and research facilities and developed electronics used in space craft, and industrial players such as PGI, Mohawk, and Crompton rounded out a synthetic and industrial fibers cluster. Products made here played an important role in furnishing American homes, shaping the fashion industry, and landing men on the moon.
Today, the Lycra Company continues fiber production; Virginia Panel and VIRTEX develop electronics for defense, medical, and other industries; Augusta Lumber exports hardwood globally; Berry Plastics produce nonwovens; Neuman Aluminum manufactures automotive and defense parts; and products based on the “automatic frankfurter loading system” designed by F.R. Drake touch almost every hot dog made in the world. While our industrial makeup has evolved over the decades, the City continues to build on the foundation of excellence while advancing to the technologies of tomorrow.
Consider the advantages of locating your next expansion in Waynesboro:
- Workforce pipeline available from 39 colleges and universities
- Competitive cost of doing business
- Easy access to major east coast markets
- Situated in iconic Shenandoah Valley providing outstanding quality of life
- “Zones” for development offering attractive state and local incentives
To learn more, visit our website using the navigation above, dive into our key industries with the links below, download our key industry brochures to the right, or contact us.
Waynesboro VA – uniquely positioned for prime business opportunities.