CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - During a visit in Chesapeake Tuesday, Governor Bob McDonnell announced a major international business agreement that will bring jobs to Hampton Roads.
The Governor said Perdue Agribusiness, Inc. -- which owns a major deep-water export terminal for grains and oilseeds -- has reached an agreement with China's Jiusan Oil and Grain Industries Group. The agreement will mean the Chesapeake business will export eight million bushels of soybeans in a series of bulk shipments for the 2013-2014 crop.
“Virginia’s aggressive marketing and development efforts and new manpower around the world are yielding results in the form of new sales agreements and new business partners for the Commonwealth," said the Governor at Perdue's export facility Tuesday. " ... And, the more new business partnerships we facilitate, the more economic opportunities there are for businesses and citizens in the Commonwealth. More agricultural exports equal more jobs here in Virginia.”
McDonnell facilitated the agreement in April when he traveled to Beijing.
A release from the Governor's office Tuesday said "agricultural and forestry exports from Virginia continue to grow, with the Commonwealth reaching a record high of $2.61 billion in 2012."
“We look forward to working with the Jiusan Group in this new partnership, and to continuing to expand the market for Virginia soybeans,” said Dick Willey, President of Perdue Agribusiness. “With the assistance of Governor McDonnell and his staff, we have formed new business relationships that are benefiting Virginia farmers and U.S. agriculture, and we appreciate their efforts.”
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