November 14, 2011

Governor McDonnell returns from Business Mission to Israel
Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Trade and Commerce Jim Cheng, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, and senior staff met with more than sixty companies in Israel during his recent business trip to Israel from November 10 - 14.  The Governor and his team met with  defense, agra business, clean tech, and other manufacturing companies. 


The team had thirteen one-on-one meetings and met with an additional 21 companies at a round table discussion. 

A breakfast was hosted by Ofra Strauss, whose company is a 50%/50% partner with Pepsico in the Sabra Dipping factory located in Chesterfield, Virginia.  Eight business thought leaders from Israel participated in the breakfast and briefed the Governor and his team on the Israeli economy and other opportunities.  The Governor explained why MSNBC declares Virginia as the "best state for business."

A meeting was held with the leadership of the Manufacturers Association of Israel and joint programs were discussed by the two staffs.

Source: Virginia Israel Advisory Board

Virginia governor visits Gilat Satellite Networks headquarters in Israel; company’s Spacenet subsidiary has been in Fairfax County since 1981

Gilat expanded in Fairfax County through establishment of SIGS, purchase of RaySat Antenna Systems and CICAT Networks

Petah Tikva, Israel, November 14, 2011

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, on a trade mission to Israel and India, yesterday visited the headquarters here of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., an Israel-based company (NASDAQ: GILT) that designs, develops and markets innovative satellite and hybrid networking products, services and solutions. Gilat's wholly-owned subsidiary, Spacenet Inc., is based in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is a leading provider of managed services in North America to the business and government segments.

McDonnell’s visit to Gilat follows the company expansion in Fairfax County and Virginia. Spacenet, based in the McLean area of Fairfax County, has operated in Fairfax County since 1981. In addition to job growth at Spacenet, Gilat since 2010 purchased RaySat Antenna Systems LLC (RAS) and CICAT Networks Inc., both based in Fairfax County, and is consolidating them with Spacenet. RAS's U.S. operation is operating under Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions (SIGS), which Spacenet established in 2009 to provide satellite solutions to a wide range of government agencies.

“Yesterday’s visit to Gilat highlights the importance of strengthening business relationships with overseas companies to help create jobs in Virginia,” McDonnell said. “Since 1981, Spacenet, a subsidiary of Gilat, has been a great corporate partner with Fairfax County and with Virginia. The Northern Virginia technology corridor continues to grow, with companies like Gilat continuing to choose this region to start or expand their business.  It was a pleasure to visit Gilat’s headquarters in Israel to congratulate them on their continued success in Israel and Virginia.”

“McLean is an outstanding location for Spacenet; it provides us with the proximity we need to our partners and customers while maintaining an excellent quality of life for our employees,” said Glenn Katz President and COO of Spacenet. “Spacenet has been able to benefit from Fairfax County’s workforce and business assets, and we are proud to be part of the community for 30 years. I also appreciate the hard work of the Governor, the Virginia Israel Advisory Board and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in maintaining the excellent relationship between the county and Israel – a relationship that enables us to continue and thrive here in Fairfax.”

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) opened a Tel Aviv office in 2004 to work with Israeli companies interested in expanding in the U.S. market. Yair Ephrati of DS Apex is director of the Tel Aviv office. More than 20 Israeli companies, most in technology sectors, have a presence in Fairfax County.

“The governor’s visit is recognition of the increasing investment that Gilat is making in Fairfax County and Virginia,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “Fairfax County has a strong and growing Israeli business component, and our Tel Aviv office is a unique resource for other Israeli companies that are considering expansion into the important U.S. market.”

The state government in 1994 established the Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB), which is part of the Office of the Governor and which serves as a bridge for Israeli companies that want to establish and/or expand their business in the U.S. and locate in Virginia. The VIAB is co-located with the FCEDA in Fairfax County.

Time magazine called Fairfax County, just outside Washington, D.C., “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and library, park, public safety and human services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport and a well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as one of the world’s best business centers. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

About Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a leading provider of products and professional services for satellite-based broadband communications networks worldwide. Gilat was founded in 1987 and has shipped more than 1 million Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) to more than 85 countries across six continents. Gilat's headquarters is located in Petah Tikva, Israel. The company has 22 sales and service offices worldwide. Gilat develops and markets an expansive range of broadband satellite solutions including high-performance VSATs under the SkyEdgeTM and SkyEdge II brands, low-profile antennas for satcom-on-the-move, under the RaySat Antenna Systems and the StealthRayTM brands and next generation solid-state power amplifiers for mission-critical defense and broadcast satellite communications systems under the Wavestream brand. Gilat's wholly-owned subsidiary, Spacenet Inc., is a leading provider of managed services in North America to the business and government segments.

About Spacenet Inc.

Since 1981, Spacenet has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest communications networks for U.S.-based business, industrial and government customers. Spacenet has a longstanding tradition of industry leadership and innovation, and today manages communications at more than 130,000 locations for customers including many Fortune 500 companies and major government agencies. Spacenet is based in McLean, Virginia, and operates its own end-to-end services infrastructure including network management, field services and teleport facilities in McLean, Atlanta and Chicago.

Contact: Alan Fogg,, +1 703-790-0600 (o) or +1 571-213-5065 (m)  Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Virginia Israel Advisory Board

Office of the Governor

8300 Boone Blvd, Suite 450

Tysons Corner, Virginia 22182

Tel: 703-288-1414


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