Only a small amount of dirt was unearthed Friday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Southern Virginia Technology Park, but it was the beginning of something big for Halifax County.
County officials, along with Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) staff and board members and project investors, all grabbed a shovel and with a celebratory flourish broke ground at the future site of a shell building to attract businesses and industries to the county.
The real work begins this week when contractors will start construction on the shell building. The Samet Corporation, a company based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the contractor for the construction project.
“I look forward to the dawn of the new era in economic development in this community,” said Brian Brown, Halifax County IDA executive director. “The building will provide a competitive advantage and allow Halifax County access to many of the business opportunities we were not able to compete for in the past.”
Brown added that the shell building would suit the needs of businesses in today’s fast-paced development climate.
“Businesses want to be able to move quickly without the uncertainties common in green field development,” Brown said. “The shell building allows a company to use the building footprint to customize the interior and meet the individual business needs without timely delays and offers an option to expand the facility for long-term development plans.”