Gainesville, VA – April 8, 2021 – SES, a leading global content connectivity solutions provider will consolidate offices in a new facility located at 8050 Piney Branch Lane and establish its U.S. technology and operations hub. The Prince William County Department of Economic Development (PWCDED) successfully competed with Maryland and Washington, D.C. for the project, which will create more than 200 new jobs and includes a $17 million investment from SES to expand its operations.
“Congratulations to Prince William County and the Commonwealth of Virginia for landing the technology and operations hub of a high-tech company and the jobs of the future SES brings to our community,” said Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). “Our state continues to be one of the best in the nation for growing and expanding businesses in a competitive national market.”
Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Prince William County to secure the project for Virginia, including Governor Ralph Northam approving a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Prince William County with the project.
“As an Information Communications Technology (ICT) government contractor, SES’s technology and operations hub expansion in Prince William County aligns with our county’s strategic plan and targeted industry growth,” said Christina Winn, executive director of PWCDED. “I feel confident that SES considered our strong incentive package and access to a highly skilled workforce as critical components in their site selection decision-making.”
SES is eligible to receive benefits from the Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit for new, full-time jobs created. Funding and services to support SES employee recruitment and training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“We landed on the ideal location of Prince William County as it provides SES with the space to continue providing seamless services to our customers and aligns with our goal to deliver future-proof and innovative solutions for customers, while adapting how we will work in a post-pandemic world,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “With more people demanding dramatically more connectivity and data services for the foreseeable future, we will also be looking at engaging top talent across Virginia to grow our technology and global services teams in the coming months and would welcome candidates’ applications from the area.”
In face of post-pandemic economic recovery, this news comes at a time when building business momentum is a top goal of the local government leadership.
“We are thrilled to see an international company like SES establish their U.S. technology and operations hub in Prince William County,” said Ann B. Wheeler, Chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “This expansion will create up to 200 new high-tech jobs over five years for our educated workforce and further support the implementation of technologies and infrastructure that will allow for uninterrupted connectivity in our community and beyond.”
"One of the top ten satellite companies in the world will be located not only in Prince William County, but here in the Brentsville District,” said Jeanine M. Lawson, Brentsville District Supervisor. “Additionally, in electing to expand here, I am pleased that they have recognized the value of our workforce, land and facilities. Having an industry leader like SES choose Prince William County will help build on our economic diversity and growth.”
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over 8,200 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 361 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.
About the Prince William County Department of Economic Development
The Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers services to support and promote existing business expansion and attract new businesses to PWC. For more information, the Department of Economic Development can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone at 703-792-5500, or via fax at 703-792-5502. Learn more about the Department at pwcded.org.