Company to invest $31.7 million to establish first-of-its-kind waste plastics facility and manufacturing operation

photo of Braven Environmental workersGovernor Ralph Northam today announced that Braven Environmental, a leader in deriving fuel from landfill-bound plastic, will invest $31.7 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Cumberland County’s shell building. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the project, which will create 52 new jobs. This is the first economic development announcement for Cumberland County since 2009.

“Braven Environmental will bring well-paid job opportunities to the citizens of Cumberland County while lessening our overall environmental footprint in the years to come,” said Governor Northam. “Providing the business environment and infrastructure to attract operations of this kind to rural Virginia is critical to our efforts to generate economic growth in all corners of the Commonwealth. Our economy is hurting right now, and these new jobs will have a great impact in the region.”

The Virginian Spring 2020 coverCOVID-19 is keeping us all at home but you can still get a glimpse of things to do in VGA with the Spring 2020 issue of The Virginian, our lifestyle magazine.

Virginia's Growth Alliance has unique attractions that many aren't even aware of, places like:

  • Yogaville, or Satchidananda Ashram, one of the world's premier Yoga destinations, retreat centers, and living Yoga communities;
  • MacCallum More Museum & Gardens, listed on the Virginia Landmark Registry and the National Historic Register, features an arboretum, herb, wildflower, rose and theme gardens, as well as, fountains and eclectic imported works of art.

Check out The Virginian to learn more about life in Virginia's Growth Alliance. Read it now!

 

On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Lake Country Development Corporation amended their COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program. Funds are available through an application process for a maximum of $20,000 for small business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses must be located in the Planning District Commission 13 region which includes the Counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg and localities within the region. Applicants must complete an application and provide required documentation to be considered.

On Friday, April 10, 2020, the Lake Country Development Corporation announced their COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program. Funds are available through an application process for a maximum of $5,000 for small business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses must be located in the Planning District Commission 13 region which includes the Counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg and localities within the region. Applicants must complete an application and provide required documentation to be considered.

UPS drone test in Lawrenceville, VA

Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) recently partnered with UPS’s (NYSE:UPS) drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) and drone technology companies  DroneUp and Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) in tests designed to determine how unmanned aerial systems can assist medical professionals in their fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

As healthcare practitioners nationwide and around the world race to contain the virus and save lives, time is of the essence. Experts in the healthcare industry and in government are calling for technology solutions that can speed the pace of testing and treatment for infected patients. They also express concern for healthcare providers on the front lines who interact with potentially infected patients on a daily basis. Technology leaders see autonomous drones as a potentially valuable solution. 

“I am encouraged to see so many private sector partners stepping up and thinking innovatively as we work together to combat COVID-19,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “Drones can be an important way to deliver medical supplies while people stay home to adhere to our social distancing guidelines. Virginia is well-positioned to be a leader in the unmanned system industry, and we are pleased to be part of this initiative.” 

photo of health care worker wearing PPE made by YakAttackA Farmville business has joined the nationwide effort to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

YakAttack, a local company that normally produces fishing gear for kayaks, has temporarily refashioned its machinery to produce PPE.

Company President Luther Cifers said YakAttack, like many other businesses, has been heavily affected by the pandemic. Although spring is one of the busiest times for the industry, several workers were laid off as things came to a halt.

Photo: Robin Guthrie, who works at Centra Southside Community Hospital’s Emergency Department, tries on a PAPR face shield produced by YakAttack. The business is utilizing its kayak fishing machinery to produce emergency PPE equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.