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Governor Northam Announces 65 New Jobs in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County

BGF Industries, Inc. to invest $7 million to relocate U.S. corporate headquarters and R&D facility

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that BGF Industries, Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of high-performance technical fiber materials for global markets, will invest $7 million to relocate its corporate headquarters and R&D operation from Greensboro, North Carolina to the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The company will initially construct a 25,000-square-foot facility in 2019 in the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority-owned Cyber Park for its headquarters and research and development facility.

“BGF Industries, Inc. is a global company with strong ties to Virginia, maintaining operations in the Commonwealth for over 60 years,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s decision to relocate its corporate headquarters and expand research and development capacity in Danville-Pittsylvania County is a clear testament to the appeal of Southern Virginia’s skilled labor force, research assets, and competitive business costs. We are confident that BGF will thrive from its new home in the Cyber Park.”

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Company relocating HQ to Danville, Pittsylvania

BGF Industries Inc. will invest $7 million to relocate its corporate headquarters and R&D operation from North Carolina to Danville and Pittsylvania County.

BGF is a U.S. manufacturer of high-performance technical fiber materials for global markets.

BGF plans to build a 25,000-square-foot facility in 2019 in the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility-owned Cyber Park. The building is planned to be used as a headquarters and a research and development facility.

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Company investing $3.5 million in new manufacturing operation, bringing 15 jobs to Gretna

Company investing $3.5 million in new manufacturing operation, bringing 15 jobs to Gretna

A new company is coming to Pittsylvania County and bringing some new job opportunities.

Hon. Bettina Ring, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, announced that Micro Blenders, Inc., a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based QLF, Inc., will invest over $3.5 million to establish a new additive feed manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County.

"I am proud to support the investment of QLF, Inc, to establish a manufacturing operation in Pittsylvania County, the largest county in the Commonwealth. Their expansion will bring new jobs to the region and strengthen the manufacturing and agricultural sectors that are vital to our rural economies," she said.

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Pennsylvania company opening up in Gretna, creating 15 jobs

Micro Blenders, Inc. makes cattle feed

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New jobs are coming to Pittsylvania County.

QLF, Inc. in Pennsylvania is opening a subsidiary company called Micro Blenders, Inc. in Gretna.

QLF, Inc. makes cattle feed.

The company will initially spend $3.5 million to open, creating 15 new jobs.

Eventually, though, the company plans to invest $10 million in the Gretna facility and create 25 to 30 jobs.

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New business coming to Gretna

New business coming to Gretna

 On Thursday at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Honorable Bettina Ring announced that Micro Blenders, Inc., a family owned company providing premixes of animal feeds, will be coming to Gretna and operating in the former Techma building. Micro Blenders, Inc is a subsidiary of the New Holland, Pennsylvania, based company QLF.

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New business coming to vacant Gretna building

New business coming to vacant Gretna building

CHATHAM – An additive feed manufacturer is coming to the long-vacant Techma building in Gretna.

Micro Blenders, Inc. will invest more than $3.5 million and bring 15 jobs to the northern Pittsylvania County town over the next three years, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry announced Friday morning at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham.

The family-owned operation could have expanded in its home state or built a new facility in North Carolina, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring told attendees.

“But they chose the Commonwealth of Virginia to do their business,” Ring said, pointing to agriculture as the state’s first industry.

Virginia competed with North Carolina for the project.

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State officials talk key issues with local leaders

State officials talk key issues with local leaders

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Halifax County hosted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) President and CEO Stephen Moret, members of their staff and others for a round table event held late last month.

The round table session, held at Southern Virginia Technology Park, included manufacturing and business representatives as well as Sen. Frank Ruff; Legislative Assistant to Del. James Edmunds Shelia Bradley; and representatives from GO Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), ChemQuest Technology Institute (CTI), Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and the Halifax IDA.

The discussion focused on the vision for rural economic development. Topics addressed included broadband technology, inclusive of MBC’s work in the region; CTI’s research for companies worldwide; the Henrietta Lacks Life Science Center plans for the region; and relevant pending legislation.

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Secretary Ball and VEDP's Moret Share Mega Site Update and Tour Southern Virginia

Secretary Ball and VEDP's Moret Share Mega Site Update and Tour Southern Virginia

The Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill has been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as infrastructure ready, announced Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and Stephen Moret, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). Ball and Moret joined Southern Virginia economic developers and community leaders Aug. 30-31 to share this significant update and to participate in tours regarding workforce development and revitalization efforts.

“We are proud to have all of the current pad in compliance with shovel-ready standards and the recognition that the entire mega site is infrastructure ready,” said Matthew Rowe, Director of Economic Development for Pittsylvania County.

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VIR Named One of The 15 Best Race Tracks in America

VIR Named One of The 15 Best Race Tracks in America

Want to see the best racing in America, or drive on track yourself? These are the best places to do it. 

Virginia International Raceway is famous for being one of the most challenging tracks in America. The fast turns and blind crests mean years of practice before you'll be able to set a perfect lap.

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Praising Danville’s ‘world-class workforce,’ governor announces Work Ready Community designation

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that Danville has been named a certified Work Ready Community — a nationally recognized designation by the state government and the American College Testing.

In short, that means the city will attract new businesses and jobs because the city’s high school students have job-ready skills.

“We’re here today to talk about Danville’s world-class workforce,” Northam said during a gathering at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

Danville is the fifth Virginia community to receive the designation. Pittsylvania County was named a Work Ready Community in June 2016 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Henry and Halifax County, as well as the city of Martinsville have also earned this designation. Patrick County is 92 percent of the way to being named another one.

“Danville’s recognition as a certified work ready community serves as evidence that we have continued to make investments that result in our community becoming more competitive and closing the skills gap that paralyzed the economy in this region for many years,” Danville Public Schools Superintendent Stanley Jones said.

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