The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing Selects Economic Development Director


Joe Anwyl to Recruit International Projects to Southside and Southwest Virginia

Joe Anwyl

Joe Anwyl

RICHMOND, VA., JANUARY 31, 2013 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to announce that it has engaged Mr. Joe Anwyl to direct CCAM’s efforts to bring advanced manufacturers and related operations to Southside and Southwest Virginia.

With support from Virginia’s Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (VTIC), CCAM is committed to supporting economic development activities that continue to build on Southern Virginia’s already impressive advanced manufacturing base. CCAM’s membership includes global manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce, Canon, Siemens and Sandvik, as well as Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and Virginia State University. The research collaboration elevates the profile of business opportunities in Virginia, especially for companies that work closely with CCAM’s manufacturing members.

Mr. Anwyl, who will be based in the U.K., will showcase the regional strengths of Virginia’s Southside and Southwest regions, including workforce, geographic, infrastructure and regulatory benefits. He will work closely with CCAM member companies to identify contacts and leads among their supply chain and business partners worldwide.

“CCAM is part of a powerful economic development engine that is revved up and ready to move forward,” said Armand F. Lauzon, Jr., CEO of the Sequa Corporation and Chairman of the CCAM Board of Directors. “Mr. Anwyl’s appointment helps put the pedal down by initiating outreach from CCAM to our members’ many international suppliers who can capitalize on a location close to their customers’ breakthrough R&D.”

Mr. Anwyl formerly directed business development for AED International, a global economic investment firm. He is an international trade, economic development and sales specialist with 15 years’ experience helping economic development organizations recruit companies in the technology, engineering, aerospace and defense sectors. Over the past five years, Mr. Anwyl has directed successful business recruitment and investment strategies for clients in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, South America, India, China and Malaysia.

In addition to collaborating with CCAM’s growing membership to develop and pursue leads, Mr. Anwyl will work closely with existing recruitment and job creation programs in Virginia. CCAM is projected to have more than 30 members within the next 12-18 months, significantly expanding economic development outreach opportunities.

“Virginia is blessed with a Mid-Atlantic geography and a leading business climate attractive to those international businesses that work closely with CCAM’s members,” said Anwyl. “I’m excited to begin making the case and seeing CCAM generate new jobs and investment.”

“CCAM opens new doors for economic development in Virginia’s tobacco regions,” said Neal Noyes, executive director for VTIC. “As research commences at CCAM and new discoveries bring improvements to advanced manufacturing, businesses worldwide will increasingly want to be near the action in Virginia.”

About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

CCAM is a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and manufacturing companies worldwide. Manufacturers join CCAM as members and direct research, leveraging both university faculty and CCAM scientists in two focus areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems. CCAM recently completed a 62,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Va., adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant. CCAM took occupancy of the research center on September 11, 2012. For more information, visit

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