Truland Systems expanding to Caroline

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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A leading electrical contracting firm based in Northern Virginia will expand into Caroline County, officials announced Thursday.

Truland Systems Corp., headquartered in Reston, will lease an industrial site and invest about $4.7 million in machinery and improvements, county officials announced.

The company, the country’s ninth largest electrical contracting business, will have up to 50 employees in Caroline in the next few years.

Truland will lease the 115,000-square-foot Indiana Floor Inc. plant, formerly Ladysmith Lumber, on Bull Church Road. The company will take over the building in June.

Truland Systems will occupy this former lumber remanufacturing plant on Bull Church Road in Ladysmith.

“Truland is a great win for Caroline County,” Supervisor Floyd Thomas, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said in a news release issued by the county.

“Truland could have gone anywhere and they chose a pro-business, low tax community with great labor and strong schools,” said Thomas. “We are delighted that this leading industry in the electrical contracting field is now in Caroline.”

Truland is a privately-held, third generation, family-owned company headed by president and CEO Robert W. Truland. It provides services in design, pre-construction, construction, and maintenance. It has clients in defense, sports, health care, critical missions, the hotel and hospitality industry, commercial construction, high-rise residential, and laboratory and biotechnology sectors. The company has worked on projects in five continents.

In addition to its corporate headquarters in Reston, Truland has offices and facilities in Richmond, Alexandria, and Baltimore.

Truland and county officials have begun discussions about the contractor’s potential involvement in a school-to-work program with Caroline County Public Schools.

“We know they’re great folks,” said Gary Wilson, director of the county’s department of economic development and tourism.  “They’re great folks to work with,” and the kind of seed company that Caroline seeks.

In Caroline, the company’s operations will include fabrication of electrical devices and systems.

The company is similar to – and in fact competes with – another corporate citizen of Caroline, M.C. Dean Inc.

Over time, Wilson predicted, Truland will grow its presence in the county. “We want to be the place and nurture them. That growth happens here.”

The company employ electrical engineers and others with expertise in contracting as well as entry-level workers performing assembly tasks. “Which is fantastic,” added Wilson. “Not everybody goes to college.”

He expects the company will begin operations as soon it gains possession of the property in June, said Wilson.

The county gave Truland two incentives to locate in Caroline, said Wilson. Caroline will reimburse Truland if it incurs any tax burden under the county’s business, professional and occupational license tax, and it will also reimburse Truland for any additional real estate tax it incurs as the result of any investment in the building.

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