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Industry Undergoes Major Change: Manufacturing isn’t “sweaty, repetitive work anymore”

Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 By LINDLEY ESTES THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Manufacturing isn’t what it used to be. As local companies are adapting to new techniques of producing goods, the region is looking at how to attract more advanced manufacturing firms and provide a ready workforce.

Colonial Assembly & Design, founded locally in 1982 at 3361 Shannon Airport Circle in Spotsylvania County, was acquired by ZenTech of Baltimore in April 2015.

“It’s a beautiful business,” said ZenTech president Matt Turpin. He said among the reasons ZenTech acquired the business is the region’s “agile and experienced workforce. There were key people located here and we are very happy with the workforce to draw from… In fact, employees commute 45 minutes to an hour to work in Fredericksburg at Colonial. “

He said being near clients in Dahlgren is important, as well.

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