County Companies Rely

On Chinese Imports

China isn't so far from Prince William County after all.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership recently calculated that $24.9 billion worth of foreign products landed in the state in 2003, and that the state's two-way trade totaled $39.6 billion, according to a study authored by Robert Chase of Tacoma, Wash.-based Chase Economics.

Several of those imports found their way to companies with operations in Prince William County, including NCS Technologies Inc. and Micron Technology Inc.

Boise, Idaho-based Micron imports silicone wafers from around the world to manufacture semiconductors at its Manassas facility. Those semiconductors are then exported and used in consumer goods such as cellular telephones and computers.

Officials with computer manufacturer NCS, which is based at the Innovation@Prince William business park, expect to import about $1.7 million worth of computer chassis, power supplies, keyboards and mice from China this year. NCS also imports motherboards and other computer components from China, the primary international source for such products.

"Almost everything in our industry is made in China," said Mark Christopher, vice president of NCS, which employs 80 workers. "The reality is there is no alternative."

Although more and more products are made overseas, the study found that imports do create jobs. Eight percent of the state's jobs are related to trade, according to the study.

"Often lost in the national debate about trade balance are the benefits of import trade in states with major air and seaports," Chase said in a news release.

Falcon's Kelley to Chair

Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Kelley, owner of Falcon Promotions and Print Solutions, recently was named chairman of the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, replacing outgoing chair Susan Jacobs, of Assist-2-Sell Jacobs Team Buyers and Sellers Realty.

Jonathan Arehart, founder of Cavendo Corp., a business solutions provider, and Helen Azzano, human resources manager for Raven Services Corp., a government contractor, were named to the chamber's board.

Local Red Cross Chapter

Takes Over Quantico Office

The American Red Cross, Prince William Chapter, will host an open house at 11 a.m. July 21 as it takes over responsibility for the Quantico Marine Corps Base Red Cross office at 2034 Barnett Ave. The group's national headquarters had provided Red Cross services for military personnel and their families who lived on the base. Now that the local chapter has taken over, residents of eastern Prince William County also will have access to Red Cross services provided at the office.

At the event, officials will unveil the new VidiLink program that uses video e-mail to keep service members connected to their friends and relatives. They also will offer CPR and first-aid demonstrations.

Tynes Realty Joins

ERA Franchise Systems

Woodbridge-based Tynes Realty recently joined the ERA Franchise Systems Inc. The firm, located at 4207 Dale Blvd., is now called ERA Tynes Realty and will serve customers in Northern Virginia.

Now Open for Business

In Prince William

Franchise owner Richard Borakove opened a Jerry's Subs and Pizza at 4214 Fortuna Center Plaza, Dumfries. The Gaithersburg-based restaurant chain has several locations in Woodbridge, Manassas and Dumfries.

Tysons Corner-based Cardinal Bank opened its third branch in Prince William County at 14000 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Woodbridge. Marie Bowles will serve as vice president and banking office manager. Cardinal also has a branch in Manassas and another branch in Woodbridge.

Arlington-based Virginia Commerce Bank opened its first branch in Manassas at 10830 Balls Ford Rd. Amy Tanner is the branch manager.

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