Automotive & Motorsports

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Virginia’s in high gear. In the past 10 years alone, 100 automotive and related firms have created 5,200 new jobs and invested over $1.1 here, including the opening of the U.S. corporate headquarters of Volkswagen/Audi and REHAU.

All segments of the automotive industry are represented in Virginia—vehicle assembly, bodies and trailers, parts, tires and corporate offices.  In fact, more than 150 automotive companies operate here, with 116 in the automotive parts sector.

Four of Virginia’s five primary motorsports venues are located in Southern Virginia —Virginia International Raceway, Virginia Motorsports Park, Martinsville Speedway, and South Boston Speedway —and many of the area’s research centers have active studies underway to support the Motorsports industry.

Advanced research into tires and body panels is presently being conducted at the Institute of Advance Learning and Research (IALR), in conjunction with Virginia Tech. Bio-composites, emerging as a viable alternative to glass fiber reinforced composites, are also being developed here.

At the National Tire Research Center—a collaborative partnership with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Department, the IALR and the Virginia Tobacco Commission—scientists are developing rigorous tire testing, research and assessments.

Representative companies:

  • Amthor International Inc.:  Manufactures truck bodies
  • Eastman Chemical Company:  Manufactures automotive and architectural window films
  • ept Automotive Division:  Manufactures automotive electrical connectors
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.:  Manufactures truck and aircraft tires
  • Key Parts, Inc:  Distributes automotive parts
  • Macerata Wheels LLC:  Manufactures custom wheels for automobiles and motorcycles
  • Mazda Motor Corp:  Distributes and remanufactures automotive parts and engine repair
  • North American Mold Technology (NAMT):  Produces and refurbishes tire molds
  • Standard Motor Products Inc.:  Distribution center, automotive parts