McDonnell is First American Governor to Meet with Manufacturers' Association of Israel
– Discusses Israeli Business Expansion Opportunities in Virginia with Chairman of Manufacturers' Association of Israel and 20 Member Companies. –
Manufacturers' Association's more than 2,000 Members Represent 90% of Manufacturing Base in Israel
Photos from Yesterday's Meeting
MUMBAI, INDIA - Governor Bob McDonnell met yesterday with member companies of the Manufacturers' Association of Israel to discuss opportunities for business expansion in Virginia. The Manufacturers' Association of Israel has more than 2,000 companies in Israel, representing 90% of the manufacturing base in the country. The meeting with Governor McDonnell represented the first time that the Manufacturers' Association has met with a Governor to discuss expansion opportunities in the United States.
Speaking about the meeting, Governor McDonnell said, "This was a great opportunity to promote Virginia's business climate to Israeli companies with interest in expanding their business to the United States. As the best state in the country in which to do business, with a AAA bond rating, the highest concentration of IT workers in the nation and a location within a day's drive of over 50% of the U.S. population, Virginia truly has a great story to tell. I thank Nadav Kaplan, Chairman of Oran Safety Glass for sharing his positive experience in expanding his business to Emporia. I look forward to following up with these and other innovative Israeli companies interested in expanding their business to the United States and making sure that they consider Virginia first."
Nadav Kaplan, Chairman of Oran Safety Glass said, "We approached many states before locating in Virginia. One of the biggest advantages of Virginia is its friendly attitude to business which enables us to control our costs efficiently. The commitment of leaders at the local and state level in Virginia and Emporia to not only see us locate here but to also provide the freedom and flexibility for us to grow has been crucial to our success."
More information about the Manufacturers' Association of Israel can be found here: http://www.industry.org.il/Eng/GeneralItems/Item.asp?CategoryID=22&ArticleID=29
Photos can be downloaded here, courtesy of the Manufacturers' Association of Israel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorva/6348396272/in/photostream
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