SPARTA Composite Products to create 198 jobs in Suffolk

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SPARTA Composite Products is planning to spend $13.2 million to create a manufacturing facility that will create 198 jobs over a five-year period starting in late 2009.

The facility will manufacture composite parts for the aerospace and defense industry.

The company, which is a division of SPARTA Inc., is expected to be open by December 2009.

“SPARTA already has a significant presence in Virginia, operating in three different localities in the state,” Gov .Timothy M. Kaine said in a statement. “I am confident that as a division of this successful company the Suffolk operation will be the right fit for SPARTA Composite Products’ expansion into the East Coast market. The project is also a great complement to the Commonwealth’s growing and impressive aerospace cluster.”

Paul Oppenheim, vice president and general manager of SPARTA Composite Products, said Virginia provided the best value: “The most significant factors that won us over to Virginia included having the highest value of incentives, an outstanding quality of living, close proximity to excellent academic institutions with complimentary curricula to our industry, a high-technology skilled and disciplined workforce available through the over 18,000 retiring military personnel annually, the fact that Virginia is a right-to-work state, and having a strong political delegation that is supportive of continued defense funding is very important to our company as well as to our customers who rely on strong political delegation that is supportive of a continued strong national defense.”

Kaine approved spending $300,000 from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Suffolk with the project.

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