Two NRV Companies Graduate from VALET Trade Accelerator Program

Montgomery County, VA – Two companies from Virginia’s New River Valley recently graduated from the Virginia’s Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program held by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). VALET is a two-year international business initiative that was established to help support and provide education to Virginia companies interested in increasing their international exports.

In a recent press release, Governor Glen Youngkin announced that ESS Technologies and MELD Manufacturing Corporation , both of Montgomery County, were among the 11 companies that graduated from the VALET program in 2023.

Governor Youngkin said this about the VALET program:

“International trade is a key component of advancing economic growth and prosperity in Virginia, and the VALET program is a vehicle that provides the tools and resources for our existing businesses to expand into the global marketplace. We congratulate these Virginia companies on taking proactive steps to grow international sales and look forward to their future success.”

Read the full press release here.

Learn more about VEDP’s VALET program here.

Learn about the NRV businesses who have participated in the VALET program here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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