Altria Group Joins CCAM


Prince George County, VA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 -The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to announce Altria Group has joined its consortium. CCAM is where the best of industry, academia, and government come together to solve advanced manufacturing challenges.  In addition to enjoying over 65 years on the Fortune 500 list, Altria’s Center for Research and Technology is a 450,000-square-foot, $350 million facility located in downtown Richmond at the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, and employs approximately 600 scientists, engineers and support staff.

“We at Altria are especially drawn by CCAM’s focus in the future of advanced manufacturing including Intelligent Factory platforms and new manufacturing education initiatives.  We have witnessed first-hand the energy and commitment of its research staff as they work with industry members and partners in the universities and government,” said Dr. George Karles, Managing Director of Engineering at Altria.

“We are pleased to add Altria as the newest member of CCAM,” says CCAM’s President and CEO William T. Powers. “We look forward to expanding Altria’s research and competitive automation processes with their team of engineers.”

The CCAM industry, government, and academia consortium members include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Arconic, Chromalloy, Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, Newport News Shipbuilding, Oerlikon Metco, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Altria Group, Amsted Rail, Blaser Swisslube, Canon Virginia Inc., EOS, GF Machining Solutions, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, RTI International Metals, Inc., ABB Robotics, Buehler, CGTech, Cool Clean Technologies, Cummins, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Hurco, Mechdyne, National Instruments, Spatial Integrated Systems (SIS), GENEDGE, NASA Langley Research Center, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Tech.

About Altria Group
Altria’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Sherman Group Holdings and its subsidiaries (Nat Sherman), Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. Altria holds equity investments in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, JUUL Labs and Cronos Group.

About CCAM
CCAM’s mission is to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. CCAM provides a resourceful and IP friendly collaborative environment to create solutions for complex advanced manufacturing challenges. CCAM is the center of an ecosystem where academia, government, and industry partner together to create real economic value. CCAM plays an active role in the development of the most talented manufacturing workforce providing a substantial and diverse educational pathway. CCAM is located in a state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Virginia. For more information, visit:

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