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Ship Repair Subcontractor To Expand In Norfolk

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Advanced Integrated Technologies (AIT), a ship repair contractor for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and the marine, industrial, and commercial industries in North America, recently announced it will invest $500,000 to expand in the City of Norfolk.

The company will increase capacity at its location in the Norfolk Industrial Park to serve recent government contract awards from the U.S. Department of Defense. Virginia successfully competed with California and Pennsylvania for the project, which is expected to create 76 new jobs.

“Advanced Integrated Technologies has been a valued member of the thriving maritime industry in Hampton Roads for over a decade, and the company’s continued investment and job creation in Norfolk is a powerful testament to the strength of the local workforce and the region as an international shipping hub,” said Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. “We are proud to support this expansion and look forward to AIT’s future growth in the commonwealth.”

Advanced Integrated Technologies is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in the Norfolk Industrial Park, centered around the major military bases and shipyards. Established in 2009, AIT’s production capabilities support a full spectrum of repair, overhaul, alteration, and maintenance for virtually every shipboard system.

“I am so excited to announce that AIT will be expanding our Virginia footprint to restimulate the local workforce and talent pool while providing more capabilities to service our war fighting ships,” said Cheryl Sparberry, AIT’s president. “In 2022, we invested in equipment to launch our new fabrication and machining division and our in-house welding school to prepare and train our current employees, as well as our newest capability of starting an NDT Lab in 2023-2024. These new capabilities will allow AIT to continue to control its own destiny while creating jobs from local talent in our enterprise zone. Our team is truly humbled by this new partnership with the City of Norfolk and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and I look forward to continuing to grow our business and provide a family-oriented environment to our future workforce.”

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