StarChase LLC to Expand Headquarters and Create 35 New Jobs
StarChase LLC, a company specializing in tagging and tracking for the law enforcement industry, will expand its Virginia Beach headquarters. The company, founded in 2012, is located at 515 Central Drive in the Oceana East Industrial Park. The company will expand the current location to accommodate the growth.
StarChase manufactures a pursuit-reduction system that provides a safer pursuit strategy than high speed chases. The product contains a miniature GPS module and launcher that can be mounted on police vehicles. A compressed-air launcher deploys the GPS projectile/tag that adheres to a suspect’s vehicle.
The tracking tag continually transmits its position enabling dispatchers to track the vehicle’s location and movements. Police can then create a safe interdiction strategy or perform surveillance on the suspect.
StarChase’s clients include the Iowa, Austin, Duluth and St. Petersburg Police and the Arizona Highway Patrol. Product lines include GPS Launcher, StarChase GPS Tag, StarChase Training Tag, Fleet and Covert Tracking Systems and StarChase System Accessories.
Over the next three years, the company will add 35 new jobs to the existing 10 positions with average annual salaries of $48,000. These jobs include management, manufacturing, engineering, finance, administrative, installation, customer service and sales/marketing functions.
“This is an exciting project for the City of Virginia Beach,” said Warren D. Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic Development. “StarChase is the perfect illustration of how small innovative companies are impacting customers far removed from their home markets through the development and application of new technologies. This Department has been expanding our programming initiatives over the past 18 months specifically to meet the unique needs of our small business community, and we’re happy to see this is having an impact.”
The Virginia Beach Development Authority approved an Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $50,000 based on the number of jobs created and the capital investment of $160,000 for real estate improvements, furniture, equipment and fixtures.
StarChase President Trevor Fischbach stated, “StarChase is pleased to be recognized by Virginia Beach Economic Development, and we view the grant as an investment in our future here in Virginia Beach. The funds will allow us to expand at our existing facility as we ramp up to meet our 2015 sales forecast and deliver our tracking technology to law enforcement agencies worldwide.”
StarChase LLC (www.starchase.com) provides pursuit management and GPS tracking technology to law enforcement agencies worldwide. The tactical interdiction offers a safer alternative while still catching the offender. The StarChase system is a proven, less-lethal technology that provides a significant tactical advantage to law enforcement officers in failure-to-yield or high-risk flight situations. Once a vehicle is tagged, it enables a dispatcher to track the suspect in real time using a web-based mapping program. The officer remains on the street, a potentially dangerous pursuit is avoided, and the suspect can then be safely apprehended. The privately held company is based in Virginia Beach, Va., and has been in operation since 2006. StarChase products are patent protected in the United States and worldwide.
The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 440,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2012 and is one of only 29 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. Virginia Beach has been recognized as the Top 7 Big City Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Revival by Forbes. It is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi Magazine. CNNMoney.com ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com.