A sign marks where the new Dascom Americas will be in Verona
If you are looking for a job in the Shenandoah Valley, you might want to think about printing company Dascom. The China-based business is set to beef up its workforce, and while the numbers are modest for the next year or so, executives say this is just the start.
These days, you hear about Americans concerned about losing jobs to people overseas. Monday in Verona, the roles were reversed.
Dascom executives, who flew in from China, are looking forward to opening plants in the United States.
"Depending on how this scales up, the sky's the limit," said Alan Cheung, executive director of Dascom.
Alan Cheung and his father have a vision.
A field in Verona will soon be a 15,000-square-foot warehouse and 8,000 square feet for office space.
"This is a long-time investment. This is a community," said Ho Chi Cheung, Dascom chairman.
At Mill Place Park Monday, Dascom employees and other stakeholders gathered to celebrate a new beginning.
"This is the beginning of something special," said Ken Bryant, who does marketing for Dascom.
Over the next year or so, the company will add another 15 to 20 employees for manufacturing, engineering, marketing and sales. The executives here also see a future outside of selling printers - like LED lighting products and personal health care items.
"But we're really excited to get into some of the other products. That's where we think the growth is going to come," said Bryant.
After the executives toured the new site in Verona, they caught another plane headed to Miami for more business meetings.
Dascom plans to break ground around September.
Reported by Alana Austin
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