The Greater Fredericksburg Region is home to a dynamic manufacturing sector that spans across  more than 60 different industries including defense, wood products, breweries, computer and electronic products, furniture and metal fabrication products. With a highly-skilled workforce, and outstanding training programs and a close proximity to our Nation’s capital, the Fredericksburg Region has become the northernmost location with a southeast business climate.

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Workforce Training Programs

University of Mary Washington 

University of Mary Washington awards approximately 1,300 graduates each year with 200 being either a Master’s or Advanced Certification. Organizations who are in need of a customized educational solution with a four-year institution can partner with the University of Mary Washington division of Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS). CPS will work to assess the needs of the organization, design a curriculum, and implement the customized program to address your workforce needs.

Germanna Community College

Germanna Community College offers credited and non-credit courses as well as a highly effective apprenticeship and credential program through the Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology (FredCat). FredCat is designed to meet the needs of high demand fields in our evolving economy and focuses on hands-on training to support the region’s existing and new businesses.

Sector Workforce Training Programs:

  • Core Craft Skills
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • OSHA 10* & 30
  • Section EPA 608
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Blue Printing
  • Basic Motor controls

*Germanna Community College can create any training program to address the needs of your business

Learn more about Germanna’s Workforce programs

Industry Incentives
  • Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant – Discretionary performance incentive, designed to assist and encourage companies to invest and create new employment opportunities.
  • Virginia Jobs Investment Program – Discretionary incentive that reduces the human resource development costs of new and expanding companies.
  • Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund – Discretionary financial incentive established to support projects that create new jobs and investment in accordance with certain criteria established by state legislation.
  • Recyclable Materials Processing Equipment Tax Credit – Discretionary income tax credit is available to manufacturers for the purchase of certified machinery and equipment used for processing recyclable materials in taxable years beginning before January 1, 2020.
  • Technology Zones – Qualified businesses locating or expanding operations in a zone may receive local permit and user fee waivers, local tax incentives, special zoning treatment, or exemption from ordinances.
Recent Success Stories

idX Corp

In 2017, specialty manufacturing company idX Corp acquired a former GM Powertrain plant and converted it to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. idX invested $7 million into the facility and created 150 manufacturing jobs.


In 2017, Una-Dyn invested $4 million and acquired a 88,000 square-foot building and invested $1million in equipment. Creating approximately 50 full-time jobs.