Scoop: State, city deal to keep Manassas firm from moving to Maryland 

High Purity Systems will hire 105 new employees and move to a new headquarters three times the sizes of its current digs.

  • It’s an $8.5 million investment for the city.

The firm makes pipes and performs welding services for hospitals, biopharmaceuticals, and micro-electronics makers such as Manassas-based Micron. It has also produced piping for the Wallops Island, Virginia NASA launch facility.

  • Historically, most of High Purity’s customers have been in the Interstate 270 corridor in Maryland
  • It was going to relocate to the state.
  • Virginia officials began working with the company in March to convince it to stay.
  • The firm has been in Manassas for 30 years.

The company’s new headquarters on Euclid Avenue will be three times the size of its current location.

  • The expanded company will be located on Euclid Avenue in Manassas, in the site of the former Tom’s Trucking headquarters.
  • 105 new employees will be hired.
  • 12 new employees have been hired since March.
  • Average annual salaries will be $104,000.

The deal was approved last night by Manassas Economic Development Authority (EDA), said city Economic Development Manager Nicole Smith.

  • EDA will give a $150,000 cash grant to the company.
  • A clawback clause will mean 100% repayment of the grant if the company closes in the first year.
  • 20% repayment if the company closes in years two through five (ie: the company pays back 80% if it closes in year two).
  • The firm will also receive $260,000 in state tax credits.

The EDA estimates a $25,000 annual return on investment.

  • Most of that will be paid by the firm in city machinery and tools taxes.

This latest company announcement brings the total private investment in the city to $3.3 million in a little over a year.

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