JCDA Announces Sterling, Virginia Engineering Company Relocating to Burr Business Park in Jefferson County, West Virginia

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Asphalt engineering company relocates its state-of-the art laboratory from Sterling, Virginia to Jefferson County, West Virginia, citing affordable land and proximity to federal clients in Washington, D.C. as key factors.

Donald Jack of Advanced Asphalt Technologies, LLC

We found the Burr Business Park in Jefferson County had several pad-ready sites that were much more affordable than what was available in Northern Virginia.

Advanced Asphalt Technologies, LLC (AAT), a small engineering company that specializes in providing state-of the-art services to the asphalt paving industry, recently broke ground in the Burr Business Park, a 400-acre prime small business development located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, less than 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, and 45 minutes from Dulles International Airport. Burr Business Park provides employers nearby transportation linkages and affordable land and utilities. West Virginia has the nation’s fourth lowest cost of doing business and Jefferson County offers a superior labor force.

“We have a unique laboratory environment that has specific requirements for our relocation,” said Ramon Bonaquist, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Operating Officer of AAT. “We have been leasing space in Sterling since 1999 and wanted to invest in our own property. After considering several sites in Loudon County, we found the Burr Business Park in Jefferson County had several pad-ready sites that were much more affordable than what was available in Northern Virginia. We were able to effectively meet our space needs here in Jefferson County and still maintain the presence and proximity to our clients in the DC Metro Area.”

Kubic Construction of Kearneysville will begin work on the 5,500-square-foot building immediately. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer.

Founded in 1994, AAT has served clients in the United States and overseas, including Norway and Romania. The employee-owned company consists of two engineers and three technicians, including Harpers Ferry resident Bob Bennett. The entire AAT staff is devoted to the commercial application of the latest and best technologies in the design, construction and performance testing of paving materials structures. AAT’s Technical Services Division also provides the following services to contractors, engineers and government agencies:

  • Applied research and development
  • Forensic analysis
  • Training

“We are very pleased that AAT chose to relocate to the Burr Business Park here in Jefferson County,” said John Reisenweber, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA). “The JCDA goes to great lengths to attract high-tech small businesses that employee national experts in their fields. Our highly skilled workforce, Burr Business Park’s proximity to major transportation routes and our low cost of doing business continue to draw companies to Jefferson County.”

Established in 1979, the JCDA facilitates relocations and start-ups, supports existing businesses and works to improve the business climate and create jobs. Jefferson County is ideally situated for business, manufacturing and industry and is a major economic driver in a state that boasts the nation’s fourth lowest cost of doing business. For more information about the JCDA: http://www.jcda.net, info(at)jcda(dot)net, 304-728-3255.

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Jefferson County Development Authority
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