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James City County Recognizes Two Companies

Date: November 14, 2007
Contact: Keith A. Taylor

Phone: (757) 253-6607


James City County’s Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority and Office of Economic Development recognized Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and Coresix Precision Glass at its 14th annual Celebration of Industry. Coresix was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, which is given annually by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County business community.  This year, a special award also was bestowed to Anheuser-Busch.


Coresix specializes in the cutting and finishing of custom optical-grade glass for a variety of high technology uses.  The company was formerly a division of Opton Glass, which leased space in Newport News.  When Opton closed its Newport News location in 2002, Coresix President Alan Graham purchased this division and continued operating in the same location while making plans to expand by building his own 41,000-square-foot facility in James River Commerce Center.


In conjunction with America’s 400th Anniversary, James City County also acknowledged previous Captain John Smith award winner Anheuser-Busch as a special business partner. EDA Chair Mark Rinaldi noted the company’s longstanding role as an economic driver and as a good corporate citizen in the County since 1969.  Kingsmill Resort & Spa’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Robin Carson, accepted the award for Anheuser-Busch, “It is has been very rewarding working for the Anheuser-Busch companies, in six different locations.  And my recent return home to James City County has been the high point.  This area is the best place to live and work.”


With a present capital investment that exceeds $5.7 million, Coresix currently employs 65 full-time and up to 30 temporary workers on three shifts, and employment is steadily growing. The company’s location at the end of Endeavor Drive was instrumental in James City County securing a $300,000 State grant for the completion of that road.

Receiving the award for Coresix were Alan Graham, President and CEO, Al Ralston, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Mark Ledbetter, Engineering and Quality Manager.


Alan Graham noted that “James City County is the best place to return to.  I want to especially congratulate the leadership of the County in acceptance of this award.”


Both awards were custom made hand blown glass by James City County craftsman, John Shelton.



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