Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax was on hand on Friday to help local officials celebrate a ribbon cutting at DRS Imaging in Clarksville.  Although the company has been part of Clarksville for 15 years, the firm was recently purchased by The HiGro Group and has announced a major expansion and has plans to double the number of employees in the area.

DRS Imaging Services has announced that the firm plans to expand their operations in Clarksville and will be doubling jobs over the next 24 months. The company celebrated the official announcement on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

Founded in 1964, DRS has been part of the business community in Clarksville for about 15 years providing document scanning, storage and retrieval services for healthcare, corporate, education and government clients. With seven offices nationwide, the firm currently has approximately 200 employees.

Speaking on Friday, Cliff Newman, CEO and one of the founders of DRS, told the crowd that the firm has, been in Clarksville for 15 years and with the recent purchase of the company by The HiGro Group, plans are underway to expand their presence in the area.

Nick Jean-Baptiste, Co-Founder and Principal of the HiGro Group told the audience that the firm is focused on investment in the business and technology services sector. HiGro is a minority owned and controlled. Clarksville and DRS, said Jean-Baptiste, represents an opportunity for both the company and the area. The Clarksville expansion, he added, is hoped to be a first step for DRS as the company plans to continue to grow with the Clarksville facility and Mecklenburg serving as a hub for the firm.

Lt. Governor Fairfax said on Friday that bringing companies like HiGro to the Commonwealth and expansions for firms like DRS in Clarksville has been a prime goal of the current administration. “We are thrilled that DRS and HiGro are making a significant investment in the Clarksville community.”

Lt. Governor Fairfax added that firms like DRS offer new and exciting prospects to empower citizens in the area and improving their lives and the communities in which they live.

Also on hand for the event were local officials including Senator Frank Ruff, Delegate Tommy Wright, Clarksville Mayor Kevin Allgood, officials from Mecklenburg County, friends and well-wishers.

Following the official ribbon cutting, a reception was held at Cooper's Landing in Clarksville.

Before leaving the Clarksville area, Lt. Governor Fairfax took time to visit students at Clarksville Elementary School.