YesMartinsville News http://www.yesmartinsville.com YesMartinsville News Friday, 22 July 2016 09:11:44 +0000 HD CMS en daily 1 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/211 Solid Stone Fabrics to expand textile manufacturing operation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/211 Friday, 22 July 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Solid Stone Fabrics, a textile manufacturer and distributor of stretch fabrics, will invest $1.5 million to expand its operation in Henry County. &nbsp;The expansion will accommodate new equipment and building improvements to the existing facility, and create 22 new jobs.&nbsp; RICHMOND &ndash; Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Solid Stone Fabrics, a textile manufacturer and distributor of stretch fabrics, will invest $1.5 million to expand its operation in Henry County. The expansion will accommodate new equipment and include building improvements to the existing facility. Virginia successfully competed against California, Florida and New Jersey for the project, which will create 22 new jobs. &ldquo;Advanced manufacturing is an intricate part of Southside's economy and I applaud Henry County for their business-friendly initiatives and workforce development that attracts high-caliber companies like Solid Stone Fabrics,&rdquo; said Governor McAuliffe. &ldquo;Solid Stone Fabrics, which started out as a one-man shop 13 years ago and has grown to over a 60-person operation, is a testament to the importance and support of small-businesses here in the Commonwealth. I congratulate Solid Stone on their expansion and will continue our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.&rdquo; &ldquo;Small business success stories like Solid Stone Fabric are a testament to Virginia&rsquo;s business climate and the hardworking citizens across the Commonwealth,&rdquo; said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. &ldquo;Business expansion is the best way to grow Virginia&rsquo;s economy, and I congratulate Solid Stone on this exciting announcement. Founded in 2003, Solid Stone Fabrics sources fabric worldwide for consumer markets. The company uses sublimation to embellish fabrics with custom images, creating merchandise ranging from dance wear to costumes to swimsuits. &ldquo;Henry County is centrally located on the East Coast and that makes it very attractive as our base of operations,&rdquo; said David Stone, Founder and CEO of Solid Stone Fabrics. &ldquo;The State of Virginia, Henry County and the EDC have all been most helpful in the expansion process, and we truly appreciate the incentives that have been offered to our company.&rdquo; The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth&rsquo;s Opportunity Fund to assist the County with the project. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Solid Stone Fabrics will also be eligible to receive sales and use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment and up to $17,600 in funding and services to support the company&rsquo;s employee training activities through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. &ldquo;We are excited about the expansion of Solid Stone Fabrics,&rdquo; said Jim Adams, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. &ldquo;It is evidence that innovation and entrepreneurship can flourish in our community.&rdquo; &ldquo;It is great to see Solid Stone Fabrics expanding again,&rdquo; said Delegate Danny Marshall. &ldquo;This company is built on innovation, marketing and product excellence. The creative fabric designs and applications have given Solid Stone Fabrics a competitive edge. We congratulate President David Stone on its growth and success and we thank him for bringing more jobs to our area. We are always happy to see another step toward manufacturing making a come-back: Made in America, Made in Virginia, Made in Henry County!&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/208 Big Ideas Challenge calling all creative minds http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/208 Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:00:00 +0000 The Patrick Henry Community College IDEA Center is calling all creative minds. It&rsquo;s hosting its first competition allowing entrepreneurs to draft and build a prototype of their business or product for a chance to win a prize package. The Patrick Henry Community College IDEA Center is calling all creative minds. It&rsquo;s hosting its first competition allowing entrepreneurs to draft and build a prototype of their business or product for a chance to win a prize package. WSLS 10 learned how the competition could help boost the economy. Martinsville native and entrepreneur Randy Ferguson is a kayak enthusiast. A hobby that started years ago now has Ferguson hoping to build and market one of his own creative ideas, a kayak storage accessory. &ldquo;I have an idea of it in my head,&rdquo; said Ferguson. &ldquo;I can see what I want to do, at least a couple different versions of it. But, I want to come here and see what they can do to help me make it real.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s where the Big Ideas Challenge comes into play for Ferguson and other contestants at the Patrick Henry Community College IDEA Center. Come September, 12 applications will be picked to move forward in the competition. Those entrepreneurs will have 30 days to use the IDEA Center Technology lab, staff and will be connected to other local business owners for guidance to create a prototype. At the end of it all, a panel of community leaders will judge each business plan and product pitch for a chance to win a&nbsp;prize package of services and opportunities, such as design/engineering class at PHCC and a booth at Martinsville&rsquo;s Fast Track Trade Show, valued at more than $5,000. &ldquo;If someone has an idea for a product, that idea could turn into a company that creates jobs; it can also turn into an opportunity for them to take their product to market,&rdquo; said Tiffany Underwood, the Spokesperson at the Idea Center. Underwood who is overseeing the competition, said the challenge is aimed to inspire entrepreneurship and job growth in the Martinsville community. Other business owners told us it&rsquo;s an action much needed. &ldquo;With the loss of textiles, furniture and the jobs that went away really in the 90&rsquo;s and early 2000&rsquo;s, it&rsquo;s been critical for our area to re-calibrate, find new jobs and new innovation,&rdquo; said President and CEO David Stone of Solid Stone Fabrics. The challenge deadline for applications is August 5th. Ferguson is hopeful his pitch will make a big enough splash that he comes away the winner. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/209 Performance Livestock and Feed Company announces 32 new jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/209 Friday, 08 July 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Performance Livestock and Feed Company announces 32 new jobs in Henry County Governor McAuliffe Announces 32 New Jobs in Henry County ~Performance Livestock and Feed Company to invest over $4 million to establish feed production operation in Virginia&nbsp;~ RICHMOND &ndash; Governor Terry McAuliffe&nbsp;announced today that North Carolina-based Performance Livestock and Feed Company, Inc. will invest $4.2 million to establish a new feed production operation in Henry County. The family-owned business will increase production by 50% over the next three years, and commit to purchasing nearly $11 million in Virginia-sourced grains and other feed ingredients.&nbsp; Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 32 new jobs.&nbsp; Speaking at today&rsquo;s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s announcement is an exciting development for Henry County, Southside Virginia, and the Commonwealth&rsquo;s thriving agriculture industry.&nbsp; The investments being made by Performance Livestock and Feed will not only increase feed production and create jobs, but help bolster Virginia&rsquo;s reputation as one of the nation&rsquo;s leaders in quality and innovative feed.&nbsp; It also highlights the role that agriculture can and will play in building the new Virginia economy.&nbsp; I applaud Performance Livestock and Feed&rsquo;s commitment to growing its business here in Virginia, and I am pleased that the Commonwealth could support such an entrepreneurial project.&rdquo; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/210 Alcoa expansion adds 15 new jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/210 Monday, 04 July 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Alcoa adds 15 new jobs and more than $8 million to expand its aerospace forging capabilities in Henry County Governor McAuliffe Announces 15 New Jobs in Henry County ~Alcoa to invest over $8 million to expand its aerospace forging capabilities&nbsp;~ RICHMOND &ndash; Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that&nbsp;lightweight metals leader Alcoa will invest more than $8 million to expand its aerospace forging capabilities at its Alcoa Titanium &amp; Engineered Products manufacturing operation in Henry County. The investment will add a new grinder and two new forge furnaces, doubling the facility&rsquo;s forging capacity and creating 15 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage in the region. Alcoa expects to complete the expansion by the end of this year.&nbsp; &ldquo;Alcoa has been a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing for more than 125 years, and maintains a significant corporate presence across the Commonwealth,&rdquo; Governor McAuliffe said. This project represents the third manufacturing expansion in Henry County in 2016, a coup for the Commonwealth&rsquo;s business resources and unmatched infrastructure that puts us ahead of the competition. Advanced manufacturing continues to soar across Virginia, and when corporations such as Alcoa continue to invest in the Commonwealth, it is further evidence of our success in building a new Virginia economy.&rdquo; &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/206 IDEA Center Grand Opening http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/206 Thursday, 19 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Guests had a fabulous time touring the Fab Lab at Patrick Henry Community College&rsquo;s Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center. The IDEA Center, which stands for Innovate Design Engineer Accelerate, held its grand opening, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Thursday evening at the facility on Fayette Street in Uptown Martinsville. Patrick Henry Community College&rsquo;s President, Angeline Godwin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Campus Life, Greg Hodges, Board of Directors Chairman Rom Haley, and Martinsville Mayor, Danny Turner, welcomed guests to the innovative facility. &ldquo;This is your IDEA Center,&rdquo; Godwin told the community. &ldquo;This belongs to you.&rdquo; One of the best things about the Fab Lab is that it is only one of three in Virginia, the Martinsville-Henry County facility being the first to open and first to also house a tech accelerator. &ldquo;You can attract enterprises; you can attain and expand them, but we can&rsquo;t create them,&rdquo; Godwin said. Haley called the center a &ldquo;hub of innovation&rdquo; and an &ldquo;invaluable resource for our community.&rdquo; Thomas Dalton&rsquo;s first cousins, Vicki Saville Bardsley and Merilyn Bremner, attended the ribbon cutting and tour. The sisters said that Dalton&rsquo;s mother, Claudia Young, donated the center. &ldquo;Tommy loved PHCC, got his education here, and grew up here. He made lifelong friends here,&rdquo; Saville Bardsley said. &ldquo;Tommy was a craftsman; he liked making things. He liked spending time in nature, and he also liked mechanical things. This center is right to the heart of all the things he wanted to do.&rdquo; Dalton&rsquo;s cousins hoped that the center would be a positive presence in the area. &ldquo;I hope it sparks imagination, that it will be successful, and that it will bring success to Martinsville and Henry County. There needs to be a catalyst for good, and if this center can be it, that&rsquo;d be great,&rdquo; Saville Bardsley said. &ldquo;I think it will make the community better,&rdquo; Bremner said. Walking through the facility, guests interacted with Fab Lab technicians, as well as the equipment.&nbsp;Bill Fain, who demonstrated what the machines were capable of, said, &ldquo;Whatever you can think about, you can do it.&rdquo;However, making a perfect piece takes time and practice.&ldquo;You&rsquo;re probably not going to get it the first time,&rdquo; Fain said. &ldquo;Like everything in life, you&rsquo;ve got to work at it.&rdquo; &nbsp; David Dillard explained the process of scanning his face. He performed three different scans: one frontal, one at forty-five degrees to one side, and one at forty-five degrees to the other side.Using an editing software called Mudbox, users like Kenya Dillard can add facial hair, ears, and other features that the scanner did not pick up. &nbsp; Both Matthew Wade and Rhonda Hodges encouraged members of the community to take a class in the now-open facility, like the CNC Mill class, which will take place on Tuesdays, June 7-28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will cost $95 for tuition and $30 for materials. There will also be summer programs for youth; registration is now open. &ldquo;We are moving forward, and we are going to make things happen,&rdquo; Godwin said. . &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/207 Nationwide Homes to Expand Production http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/207 Monday, 25 April 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Nationwide Custom Homes is planning to expand its production and create approximately 59 new jobs at its Martinsville facility. Nationwide President Andy Miller said the two-phase, $986,342 project involves up fitting one of the four plants at the Rives Road site to extend its production line. This expansion will increase production by about 35 percent to accommodate growth in demand for the company&rsquo;s modular housing. &ldquo;The housing market is much better than it was. Last year was good. This year is equally as good and I think it will get even better,&rdquo; Miller said. Phase 1 of Nationwide&rsquo;s project is expected to begin in 90 days and take about six weeks to complete, Miller said. The second phase will take four weeks to complete, likely in the fourth quarter of this year. The company already has added 15 employees to its 190-person work force. It expects to hire 20 more for Phase 1 of the expansion project and another 24 for Phase 2. The company needs people with construction skills, such as in carpentry, drywall, finishing, electric and plumbing. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll train the right people,&rdquo; Miller said. &ldquo;We will take unskilled people and train them.&rdquo; Interested persons should apply at Nationwide&rsquo;s Rives Road plant. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has approved a $100,000 grant to help fund Nationwide&rsquo;s expansion. It will provide $50,000 for each phase of the project. &ldquo;The EDC is pleased to assist Nationwide with this project and we appreciate their efforts and commitment to grow their operations in the City of Martinsville&rdquo;, said Chris Beeler, Chairman of the EDC Board. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Miller said the expansion probably would not be happening without the EDC grant. Instead, &ldquo;we probably would have scaled back production or left it at current levels &hellip; and not gone after additional sales,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This grant allowed the company to make the decision to spend additional funds for construction. It&rsquo;s very helpful.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The EDC also is working with Nationwide to pursue state job grants through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, said Mark Heath, president/CEO of the EDC.&nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been working with them off and on for years on different projects. Nationwide is one of the largest, if not the largest, manufacturer in the city and they want to expand their work force. The EDC board felt it was the right thing to do to support them and help retain their operations in our community. The labor force suits them well here; they have a good &nbsp;situation here,&rdquo; said Heath. Nationwide produces modular housing for the single- and multi-family residential markets. It also serves commercial markets with apartments, hotels, student housing and rental cottages. Its customers primarily are in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee, as well as some in South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio.&nbsp; It is an operating division of Palm Harbor Homes, which is part of the Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cavco family of manufacturers. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/205 Love at first ... sale? http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/205 Saturday, 13 February 2016 12:00:00 +0000 A &ldquo;business matchmaking&rdquo; event, sponsored by the EDC's Small Business Division was designed to foster partnerships among local businesses through networking. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; By MICKEY POWELL | Bulletin Staff Writer.&nbsp; Valentine&rsquo;s Day came early for Woody&rsquo;s Supermarket. On Thursday, store owner Billy Wheeler paired up with Darla Main-Schneider, owner of Rising Sun Breads, and Colleen Butker, owner of Uptown Sweets. The two Martinsville bakeries will start selling some of their baked goods at the independent grocery store in Ridgeway, according to Wheeler. Call it a match made in heaven. Two matches, actually. Wheeler met with Main-Schneider and Butker during a &ldquo;business matchmaking&rdquo; event at the New College Institute. Sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.&rsquo;s (EDC) small business division, the event was designed to foster partnerships among local businesses through networking. Valerie Harper, the division&rsquo;s director, said that when she has talked with business operators and mentioned other businesses, often she has found that the operators were not aware that the other businesses exist. &ldquo;There is no reason why we shouldn&rsquo;t try to get to know each other,&rdquo; Harper told about 40 business people who attended the event. Residents are encouraged to shop local to boost the area&rsquo;s economy. Businesses should be encouraged to shop local, too, Harper reasoned. RaesWear, a Collinsville-based maker of sportswear, has had much success forming local partnerships, owner Leigh Cockram told the crowd. For instance, she noted, her firm buys fabric from Solid Stone Fabrics; its products are made by Mollies Originals, a cut-and-sew operation; and Mallard &amp; Mallard handles the firm&rsquo;s accounting. Knowing the people with whom you do business is helpful, according to Cockram. She mentioned this hypothetical example: If an error is made, it can be easier to reach the other parties than if they were out of town. Even if they do not return your phone calls or emails, chances are you will see them at the store and be able to confront them there, she said. The matchmaking event was similar to speed-dating. Participants sat on both sides of tables, talking to each other for 2 &frac12; minutes. When a buzzer sounded, participants on one side of the tables got up and sat down in the seats next to them, meeting someone new and telling the person about his or her firm&rsquo;s products or services. Like when on a romantic date, you shouldn&rsquo;t just talk about yourself, Harper told the participants. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s highly insensitive,&rdquo; she said. Wheeler said he thought the matchmaking event was worthwhile because it brought local businesses together to learn about each other. &ldquo;Some of these people (and their businesses) are so close in proximity, but they don&rsquo;t have the time to get out (of their businesses) and talk&rdquo; to each other, Butker said. Mollies Originals owner Sharon Sleeper said she enjoyed learning about all of the businesses. She mentioned that her firm aims to hire some new employees, and everyone with whom she talked knows someone with sewing skills. Representatives of many firms said they made some new customers or believe some of the people with whom they talked will become customers. Kerry Fountain, owner of Wet-Down LLC, a power-washing business, said he talked to some people who could be considered competitors in his business. Yet from those encounters, he sees opportunities rather than problems. &ldquo;We can form relationships and work together&rdquo; on projects, Fountain said. Not all of the participants were business owners or managers. Martinsville City Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge said she participated to learn about local businesses and their needs as well as how city officials can help meet their needs. She said that when officials know that a business needs something and another business can supply what it needs, they can help the firms get in touch. Hodge also said she learned about businesses that can provide services to the city. For example, she mentioned that local bakeries can provide snacks for officials to munch on during long strategic planning retreats. A few years ago, the EDC held a similar event for contractors. However, this was the first time that the idea was used to help small businesses become acquainted. Harper indicated that another matchmaking event probably will be held in the future. There were a few minor problems at Thursday&rsquo;s event that must be worked out, such as people getting confused about how to rotate at the tables or lingering too long at a station after the buzzer sounds, Harper said. Overall, though, she believed the event went well and everybody was able to get to know everyone else, she said. To see the original Martinsville Bulletin article, click here. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/204 Businesses earn awards at competition http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/204 Friday, 29 January 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Three local businesses &ndash; including two new ones &ndash; will receive grants and services valued at a total of more than $10,200 as part of winning the 2015 Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) Business Plan Competition. By Mickey Powell - Bulletin Staff Writer.&nbsp;Three local businesses &ndash; including two new ones &ndash; will receive grants and services valued at a total of more than $10,200 as part of winning the 2015 Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) Business Plan Competition. Infinity Dancewear, Gotcha Covered Linen &amp; Party Rentals and Happy Feet Early Learning and Child Center also will be provided mentoring from the SBIF&rsquo;s funding partners for one year, according to Valerie Harper, small business director for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC). Specific funding amounts that each business will receive have not yet been itemized because their awards are a combination of cash and in-kind services, said retired banker Carolyn Shough, the forum&rsquo;s chairwoman. The annual competition was open to for-profit, start-up small businesses, as well as businesses less than three years old, in Martinsville and Henry County. Infinity and Gotcha Covered are the new businesses. Infinity will open soon at 115 E. Main St. in uptown Martinsville. The store will sell dancing-related items such as clothing, shoes and accessories, and it will provide services such as shoe and costume fittings, pointe shoe ribbon sewing and delivery, according to Shough and Harper. The store&rsquo;s award will be used toward inventory purchases, marketing assistance and a booth at Fast Track 2016, the annual Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce trade show to be held March 1-2 in the vacant former Sears department store building at the Village of Martinsville, Harper continued. Stacey Davis owns Infinity. She said she is thrilled to be able to start a business. The SBIF funding was &ldquo;one of the final steps I needed to get my dream business off the ground,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited and I can&rsquo;t wait to serve the dance community!&rdquo; Gotcha Covered will rent table linens, runners, chair covers and sashes and other decorative items for special occasions, Harper said. Its unique services will include in-person &ndash; as opposed to online &ndash; color-matching consultations and delivery options, she said. David and Rebecca Watson, who own Gotcha Covered, said the mentoring they will receive will be just as valuable as the money because, as first-time business owners, they will need the guidance. Shough said the Watsons got the idea for their business from needs they experienced when they got married. They had to go out of town to get the types of items that they will be renting, she said. Gotcha Covered will use its award to pay for equipment, business training classes and bookkeeping classes, Harper said. The Watsons are working out of their home, Shough said, but displays and samples of Gotcha Covered&rsquo;s products and services will be available at Memory Lane Photography at 4036 Appalachian Drive in Fieldale. Potential customers can stop by or call Memory Lane to schedule an appointment with the couple, she said. Happy Feet, at 37 Ellsworth St. in Martinsville, is a full-service day care center providing both before- and after-school services. Its award, which will help pay for bookkeeping services, marketing assistance and equipment, is the center&rsquo;s second through the SBIF competition, Harper said. Shirley Williams, owner of Happy Feet, said the latest award will help her business tremendously. &ldquo;Keeping up with financials and continued marketing are crucial pieces as I try to maintain and grow the daycare,&rdquo; she said. The SBIF is a partnership of area public and private organizations with a common goal of encouraging small business development and job creation locally. Contributing members for 2015 were the city of Martinsville, the chamber of commerce, the EDC, HD Web Studio, the West Piedmont Business Development Center and Patrick Henry Community College. There were seven applicants for the 2015 Business Plan Competition, Shough said. In determining the winners, she said, representatives from partnership members reviewed the applications and business plans and analyzed ideas for the businesses and how well those ideas were thought out. &ldquo;Some (of the applicants&rsquo; business plans) weren&rsquo;t very complete,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;A business plan tells what you&rsquo;re going to do (in running a business). If you can&rsquo;t say what you&rsquo;re going to do, how are you going to do it?&rdquo; Shough said she believes Infinity and Gotcha Covered will be successful, and Happy Feet will continue to be successful, because they meet needs of the community, and she has confidence in the businesses&rsquo; owners. The next business plan competition will be start around September or October, she said. &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/203 Swedish Company to Create 68 New Jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/203 Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Starsprings, a spring and spring-unit manufacturer based in Sweden, will invest&nbsp;$3.7&nbsp;million to establish its first US Manufacturing operation in Henry County.&nbsp; The&nbsp;new operation will create 68 new jobs.&nbsp; Governor McAuliffe Announces 68 New Jobs in Henry County ~Starsprings to invest $3.7 million to establish first U.S. manufacturing operation~ Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Starsprings, a privately-held spring and spring-unit manufacturer based in Sweden, will invest $3.7 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Henry County. The company will supply mattress units used in long-distance trucking.&nbsp;Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 68 new jobs.&nbsp; Speaking about today&rsquo;s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, &ldquo;This win is a great example of the kind of project we are trying to attract as we build a new Virginia economy. When an international company chooses Virginia as its entry point into the U.S. market, it is a strong testament to the competitiveness that sets the Commonwealth apart and the major companies here that attract suppliers. We are proud to add Starsprings to our corporate roster, and welcome 68 new, much-needed manufacturing jobs to Henry County.&rdquo; &ldquo;Starsprings is another international manufacturing business that has decided to establish operations in Virginia as a result of its assessment of our outstanding talent, infrastructure and great quality of life,&rdquo; said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. &ldquo;We continue to attract companies from all over the globe, and the creation of new jobs in the manufacturing sector is great news for Henry County, the region and the Commonwealth as a whole.&rdquo; &nbsp;Starsprings, headquartered in Herrljunga, Sweden, is the leading manufacturer in Scandinavia of spring units for excellent bed and seat comfort, with operations in Sweden, Brazil, and Poland. The company was started in 1918 and began manufacturing springs for the bedding industry in 1937. Starsprings also develops mattresses and other components used in heavy trucks. &nbsp;&ldquo;Some current Starsprings customers have operations in the eastern U.S., and for that reason we see good potential in being present to maintain a high service level and continue to grow in the global marketplace,&rdquo; said NilsEric Stjerna, CEO of Starsprings. &ldquo;Starsprings chose Virginia to establish the new operation because the strategic position will keep us close to our major customers, and we have received excellent support from Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation during the entire evaluation period.&rdquo; &nbsp;The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor&rsquo;s Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $220,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Starsprings will also receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. Funding and services to support the company&rsquo;s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.&nbsp; &nbsp;"Henry County is thrilled to welcome Starsprings to the community,&rdquo; said Jim Adams, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. "This is a terrific way to kick off 2016." &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/202 Airport Lands New Helicopter http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/202 Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Wake Forest Baptist Health AirCare and Air Methods Corp. announced today the addition of a third air medical helicopter under the call sign &ldquo;AirCare 3,&rdquo; which will be based at Blue Ridge Airport in Henry County PAUL COLLINS | Bulletin Staff Writer Wake Forest Baptist Health AirCare and Air Methods Corp. announced today the addition of a third air medical helicopter under the call sign &ldquo;AirCare 3,&rdquo; which will be based at Blue Ridge Airport in Henry County. About 60 gathered observers at Blue Ridge Regional Airport looked into a clear blue sky with anticipation Tuesday as a state-of-the art H130 T2 helicopter, valued between $4 and $5 million, flew overhead and then landed. They were gathered for a news conference for an economic development announcement, which turned out to be the replacement of the air medical helicopter based at the airport with the new H130 T2, one of the few of its kind in the United States, officials said. The announcement signals a continuing commitment by Air Methods and Wake Forest Baptist Health AirCare to the three-year-old medical helicopter program based at the airport, and that helps the business and health climate of the area, officials said in public remarks and interviews. Under the program, Air Methods, whose corporate headquarters is in Englewood, Colorado, provides the helicopter and the air crew, and Wake Forest Baptist Health AirCare provides the medical crew, according to Anthony Raymond, base manager, for Wake Forest Baptist Health/AirCare Critical Care. Mark Heath, president/CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp., said the airport is one of the greatest assets and best selling tools economic developers have in trying to attract and expand businesses. Having a state-of-the-art medical helicopter program helps do that because employers are concerned about the health of their employees, he said. Jim Adams, vice chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors, said when the program was announced in 2012, there probably were naysayers who said that it couldn&rsquo;t succeed. And there were risks, he said, but with risks, there also came rewards. He told the story of a local resident who survived a massive heart &ndash; a &ldquo;widow maker&rdquo; -- because he was transported to a hospital by the medical helicopter, which is under the call sign AirCare 3. Adams said the program has provided jobs, helped the tax base and improved the health care of residents of and visitors to the area. Raymond said that more than 1,200 flights have been made in the three years of the program. Jason Davis, managing director of the airport, said more than 40 aircraft are based at the airport, more than 12,000 flights are flown annually, and the airport&rsquo;s master plan calls for a 1,000-foot extension but funding is not yet in place. The website of Wake Forest Baptist Health says AirCare 1 is based at the Davidson County (N.C.) Airport and AirCare 2 is based at the Elkin Airport in Surry County, N.C. It adds, &ldquo;These vehicles are located to provide the fastest possible response to calls for critical care transportation. AirCare 1 primarily covers south and southwest of Winston-Salem, AirCare 2 covers northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia, and AirCare 3 covers Henry County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Rockingham County and Stokes County.&rdquo;&nbsp; After the ceremony, Raymond showed and explained some observers various aspects of the H130 T2, manufactured by Airbus. It has many safety features and autopilot. It carries a variety of medical equipment and supplies. Raymond said the helicopter can carry one pilot, two medical providers and one patient. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/198 The Center For Advanced Film Manufacturing Offers New Program http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/198 Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Fifteen Eastman Chemical Co. employees learned the science behind their work in performance films and how to better detect and resolve problems in production at last week&rsquo;s &ldquo;Web Dynamics&rdquo; seminar in Martinsville. Fifteen Eastman Chemical Co. employees learned the science behind their work in performance films and how to better detect and resolve problems in production at last week&rsquo;s &ldquo;Web Dynamics&rdquo; seminar in Martinsville. The four-day session, &ldquo;Web Dynamics,&rdquo; is the newest program offered by the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM). It was the first professional &ldquo;expert seminar&rdquo; using the new academic coater at the New College Institute (NCI). The workshop covered key concepts to optimize performance film equipment and process designs as well as practical steps to eliminate waste from breaks, deformation, scratches, alignment errors, wrinkles and roll defects, according to information from Ralph Schultz, a senior process engineer with Eastman Chemical. &nbsp;Its goal was to lead to practical solutions to common problems, he added. The training was unique because it gave equal weight to classroom instruction and hands-on experience with the coater, according to Kevin A. Cole, senior engineer in web handling development with Optimation in Rochester, N.Y., who taught the training program. Optimation built the $1 million academic coater, which combines performance film coating, drying, lamination and web dynamics. The equipment merges the film processes used in a plant with academics for workforce training, Schultz said. It is not designed to produce a product other than for training purposes, he added. The coater was unveiled to the public in August, and it has been used for demonstrations for students in the CAFM Advanced Film Certification Program and others. Last week&rsquo;s course was the first time it has been used for a full professional training course, Schultz said.The seminar participants spent their mornings in the classroom and their afternoons getting hands-on experience with the academic coater. All the participants were engineers, technologists and expert operators. This training taught them the science behind their work at Eastman, several of the students said. &ldquo;Sometimes you know how to fix (a problem), but not the science behind it,&rdquo; said Dave Pruitt, a manufacturing technologist at the Patriot Centre site with 3 1/2-years with the company. &ldquo;The film industry is hard to learn. It&rsquo;s finicky, precise. The more science you know, the better off you are.&rdquo; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re getting a great understanding of the processes we do every day,&rdquo; said Steven Deal, a machine tech in the dye department at Eastman in Fieldale. He has been employed by Eastman and its predecessors for 13 years. &nbsp;&ldquo;We are getting a more technical understanding of the machinery &hellip; (and) learning the whole process,&rdquo; he added. Clifton Scott, who is a research and tech pilot coater at the Fieldale operation with three years of experience at the company, said he works on machines similar to those at NCI. &nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;re learning the physics behind web dynamics&rdquo; which will help the employees when detecting, preventing and repairing problems, Scott and several others said. They also praised the hands-on nature of the training and said that helps them relate what they are learning to the machines they work on. Chris Roach, a machine tech at Eastman&rsquo;s operation in the Patriot Centre industrial park (formerly Commonwealth Laminating and Coating), said the training gave him new ideas to take back to the machine operators in the plant. That way, when problems occur, the operators will have a broader base of knowledge to find a solution, he added. Roach, who has worked for Eastman and its predecessors for nearly 11 years, liked the fact that the training was geared to window film. &ldquo;Working with window film is an art,&rdquo; he added. In addition to the benefits of the training mentioned by the participants, Cole said it can help employees develop new products &ldquo;with preexisting web handling principles.&rdquo; Cole taught the training and Schultz was its host, Cole said. Schultz said plans are for Cole to hold two such training sessions here each year of the more than a dozen public and private sessions he conducts each year. Cole praised Schultz for his work in developing the performance film training program and coater, calling him &ldquo;visionary.&rdquo; In addition to professional training, the academic coater will be used to train students in the Advanced Film Certification, a 28-credit program through Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC). Students take classes at PHCC and the New College Institute and complete an internship through Eastman. After graduating from the program, students are guaranteed a job interview at Eastman. While the program is called Advanced Film Certification, 80 percent of the skills it teaches could be used in any advanced manufacturing setting.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Web handling is a process engineering discipline focusing on improving productivity and reducing waste of product made from papers, films, foils, nonwovens, textiles or any thin, continuous material,&rdquo; said Schultz. Many manufacturing trends create new challenges for web handling and winding, including thinner, wider, or more delicate products, faster or more integrated processes, and ultra-clean or hazardous environments &mdash; all increasing the potential for web handling defects, he stated. Learning to handle these materials, processes, and environmental challenges will provide a company with a competitive advantage, he added. &nbsp; &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/197 Faneuil Adding 35 Local Jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/197 Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Washington Gas (WGL), recently announced that Faneuil has been selected to begin customer care and supporting services for WGL&rsquo;s utility customers in Virginia, Maryland and the greater District of Columbia area.&nbsp; Faneuil will staff the operation with more than 200 employees, an estimated 35 new jobs will be based in Martinsville. WASHINGTON (November 16, 2015) &ndash; Washington Gas, a WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL) company, today announced that it will establish its customer service, credit and collections and billing operations in Virginia through a new five-year agreement with Faneuil, a call center services company specializing in customer care for the utility and other industries.&nbsp; Through this agreement, more than 200 new jobs will be established in Virginia as Washington Gas transitions from offshore customer service operations to two fully redundant call centers in Hampton and Martinsville by the end of next year. &ldquo;Faneuil has a well-established track record of success in the utility sector, applying advanced technology in intelligent call routing combined with skilled personnel well trained in first-call resolution,&rdquo; said Adrian Chapman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Gas and WGL Holdings. &ldquo;Our mission is to provide energy answers to our customers &ndash; quickly and simply &ndash; and I am confident we have selected a partner that will help us achieve new highs in customer satisfaction.&rdquo; Washington Gas will begin the transition of its call center operations to Faneuil this year and expects to complete the customer service and credit and collections transition by the end of July 2016. The billing operations transition is expected to be completed by the end of calendar year 2016. "We welcome WGL's decision to bring more than 200 Washington Gas jobs to Virginia, another tangible sign of the progress we are making to foster business growth in the Commonwealth," said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.&nbsp; "While this agreement supports our efforts to build a new Virginia economy, we are also encouraged by the customer experience benefits it promises for Washington Gas customers in Virginia and throughout its service territory." Both call centers will provide high quality, best-in-class customer service capabilities with extensive utility experience when handling direct customer interactions. Faneuil&rsquo;s client-first approach aligns well with Washington Gas. &ldquo;We are honored to have been selected by Washington Gas to provide customer care and supporting services for its more than one million customers in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia,&rdquo; said Faneuil President and Chief Executive Officer Anna Van Buren. &ldquo;As our companies establish and build this new partnership, Faneuil&rsquo;s ongoing objective will be to focus intently on the needs of Washington Gas customers in delivering consistently exceptional service that reinforces the distinctive brand of Washington Gas,&rdquo; she added. &ldquo;We are also proud to be able to join Washington Gas in creating more than 200 jobs in our home state of Virginia.&rdquo; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/196 Local Entrepreneur Expanding http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/196 Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:00:00 +0000 MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Mollies Originals LLC will expand into the Solid Stone Fabrics building on Walker Road, thanks in part to a $36,350 grant from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.(EDC). &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5944mheath@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;Valerie HarperDirector of Small Business DivisionMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5950vharper@yesmartinsville.com MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Mollies Originals LLC will expand into the Solid Stone Fabrics building on Walker Road, thanks in part to a $36,350 grant from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) The grant was approved Thursday by the EDC board. &ldquo;We are extremely pleased to assist Mollies as they continue to grow and expand in our community. Their locally grown business embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that has been the foundation of this community,&rdquo; said Mark Heath, President/CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County EDC. The grant, from the EDC&rsquo;s Existing Industry Grant program, will be used to buy 17 various industrial grade sewing machines needed to expand Mollies Originals&rsquo; products, customer base and productivity at its new location. These machines, in addition to the prospective contracts that they will support, are expected to generate 16 new jobs and additional sales of nearly $1 million within two years between Mollies Originals and Solid Stone Fabrics. Sharon Sleeper, owner of Mollies Originals, said the specialized sewing machines, each with specific electrical and space requirements, are essential if her business is to grow. In her existing location in the McCollum Ferrell building in uptown Martinsville, Mollies operates within 2,500 square feet in the back of the building; the front of the building is occupied by retailers. The area was designed as a retail space but currently houses Mollies&rsquo; office, cutting room, fabric storage and 22 sewing machines used in production. The electrical capacity of the building cannot accommodate Mollies expansion. The idea of moving Mollies Originals into manufacturing space in the Solid Stone building came from David Stone, president and owner of the fabric company. &ldquo;We had a project that we didn&rsquo;t have enough capacity for; she had the ability to help us. We worked together on that and the customer was happy,&rdquo; Stone said. &ldquo;Then we started brainstorming.&rdquo;&nbsp; Stone&rsquo;s suggestion that Mollies move into part of his new facility, which formerly housed Bassett-Walker and VF Corp., &ldquo;surprised me because I&rsquo;m so small and he&rsquo;s so big,&rdquo; Sleeper said. &ldquo;But we are both certain the partnership will be a success.&rdquo; Solid Stone and Mollies will share the cost of renovations that will range from nearly $75,000 to $115,000. They also will share some synergies under one roof. Solid Stone Fabrics can provide access to human resources, accounting and sales staff, as well as graphic designers, state of the art machines and additional sewers under a memorandum of understanding with Mollies Originals, according to Stone and the memorandum. For its part, Mollies has the ability and experience to take on many projects that Solid Stone would not normally accept, and it has a more sophisticated time/cost estimate process than Solid Stone possesses. &ldquo;The key is that the departmental strengths of both companies will be shared to achieve success for all. Both companies will learn from each other and act as one entity when required to achieve what is best for all,&rdquo; the memorandum states. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a win- win situation all the way around when two local companies partner together to achieve growth . . . keeping their investments and job creation right here in our community,&rdquo; added Heath. &nbsp; Sleeper approached the EDC for help in buying the machinery so Mollies could expand. The $36,350 grant was approved from the EDC&rsquo;s Existing Industry Grant program that helps local, stable companies with the cost of new machinery or their physical plant. Grants of up to $50,000 are considered and must be approved by the full EDC board. Sleeper has used the EDC&rsquo;s services through its Small, Minority, &amp; Entrepreneurial Division since Mollies was started in 2011.&nbsp; She said the company&rsquo;s growth would not have been possible without the EDC&rsquo;s help. She went through the EDC&rsquo;s SmartSTART program for local entrepreneurs as well as many of its classes, and she has used its staff and resources to learn how to run and grow a business. &nbsp; &ldquo;I&rsquo;m constantly calling on Valerie for something,&rdquo; said Sleeper, a former nurse. &ldquo;She has been a critical resource for me and has always provided valuable guidance and support.&rdquo; Valerie Harper is the Director of the Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division.&nbsp; &ldquo;Mollies Originals willingness to diversify their products has been one of the keys to their success. Using talent from our area&rsquo;s rich textile heritage and cross-pollination with other local companies are added bonuses with positive impacts for our community,&rdquo; said Harper. Sleeper also received help from the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Dick Ephgrave at the Longwood Small Business Development Center. She said she received a small grant from C-PEG, and she constantly applies for other grants.&nbsp; She also credited Dr. Mervyn King, who owns the McCollum Ferrell Building, with making her rent affordable.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was a community effort&rdquo; that helped Mollies grow, she added. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; ABOUT MOLLIES Mollies Originals was formed in 2011 to make scarves for dogs &mdash; including Mollie, a beloved &ldquo;save&rdquo; dog that belonged to owner Sleeper&rsquo;s daughter. The scarves didn&rsquo;t sell, but the word of the business&rsquo;s custom sewing spread. The company started with only two original owners, Sleeper and Hope Johnson, performing all the sewing. The company currently has 12 employees with an abundance of varied experience in the area&rsquo;s once-bustling textile industry. Mollies Originals provides services such as cut and sew projects, personalized and embroidery services and couture items for companies nationwide. Mollie&rsquo;s customers range from small to mid-size companies in fields of retail, fashion, service, and medical equipment. Local customers include RaesWear, an athletic apparel company owned by Leigh Cockram; and Flex Fab, an advertising company offering form-fitting fabric display items for convenience and retail stores, owned by Rick Martin.&nbsp; Other customers include Kiya Tomlin LLC, a New York based design company that specialized in fleece designer wear which recently ordered 2,000 pieces and placed exclusive production of its spring clothing line to Mollies; and Annand Co., a New York-based contract for exclusive aprons and pants. In addition Mollies has several contracts with customers in the medical supply field. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; ABOUT SOLID STONE FABRICS Solid Stone Fabrics sources, prints, cuts and sews fabric at its new 81,000-square-foot building on the site that once housed Bassett-Walker and later VF Corp. manufacturing facilities. Its major customers for fabric are in the fields of dance, gymnastics, ice skating and theme parks. Swimwear, activewear and marching bands are the main customers for its printed fabrics. It sews banners, flags and bollard covers. &nbsp; The company started in Stone&rsquo;s home in 2003 and currently employs 35 people. #### http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/194 Local Entrepreneur Wins Under Armour Competition for $50,000 Award http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/194 Monday, 09 November 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Local entrepreneur Leigh Cockram and her 10-month-old sports apparel company have won Under Armour&rsquo;s Future Show Innovation Challenge and its $50,000 prize.&nbsp;Cockram and the Collinsville-based RaesWear LLC she started in December won the 2015 Under Armour award with the creation of pouch pants, which incorporate a pocket in workout clothes to hold cell phones, money, keys and more. Local entrepreneur Leigh Cockram and her 10-month-old sports apparel company have won Under Armour&rsquo;s Future Show Innovation Challenge and its $50,000 prize. &nbsp;Cockram and the Collinsville-based RaesWear LLC she started in December won the 2015 Under Armour award with the creation of pouch pants, which incorporate a pocket in workout clothes to hold cell phones, money, keys and more. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a fanny pack. It&rsquo;s not a belt,&rdquo; said Cockram, of Collinsville, herself a runner. &ldquo;The pocket and waistband are one and the same.&rdquo; This is the fourth year of the Under Armour Future Show Innovation Challenge. Under Armour, the second largest supplier of sportswear and casual apparel in the world received more than 2,000 entries from entrepreneurs and inventors for the competition.&nbsp;&nbsp; A select few were invited to showcase their products to Under Armour employees in a Trade Show like setting and present their products to a panel of 12 to 16 people, Cockram said. &nbsp;Employees voted on their favorite and the panel judged presentations to narrow the field from ten to five contenders. The five then made presentations to company executives the next day, and the winner was announced that afternoon. The 2-day show was held in Baltimore, MD on Oct 8-9. During the final announcement, &ldquo;they went through all the teams and we were the last one standing. It&rsquo;s been surreal. It&rsquo;s an amazing competition and one which likely has never been won by someone from an area as rural as Henry County,&rdquo; she added. The $50,000 prize will go back into RaesWear, Cockram said. &ldquo;While the financial award is very helpful in offsetting a portion of our start-up expenses, the recognition by Under Armour of our innovative product is even more rewarding,&rdquo; she added. Earlier this year the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) awarded the promising start-up a $1,200 website development grant through its Small Business Division. &ldquo;Entrepreneurs like Leigh are a critical part of growing our local economy,&rdquo; said EDC President Mark Heath.&nbsp; &ldquo;What&rsquo;s great about RaesWear is that it is an innovative product, from a local business person, and it&rsquo;s also in the apparel and textile market which has such a rich history in this community.&rdquo; The idea for RaesWear began when Cockram set out to solve a problem.&nbsp; While on a business trip in Atlanta just more than three years ago,&nbsp; Cockram became frustrated because she had no place carry her phone, money, hotel key and other items in her running pants, and she did not want to carry a fanny pack or belt. She came up with the idea of sewing the waistband-pocket material directly on the pant. It is a 360-degree pocket, encircling the entire garment, and its material has elastic so items in the pocket will not move.&nbsp;&ldquo;The pocket and waistband are one and the same,&rdquo; she said. Kevin Haley, executive vice president of innovation for Under Armour, stated in an online article in Co.Create that Under Armour plans to do additional business with RaesWear. &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s winner was an incredibly simple but elegant idea for improving apparel. It came from someone who I don&rsquo;t think had any experience in the industry, but we&rsquo;re very excited to see this go across a lot of our products because it is such a great idea.&rdquo; The RaesWear product line was launched in December 2014 with leggings, running tights and boot cut pants and the company now sells shorts, skorts and skapris, which is a short skirt over capris pants. &nbsp;The majority of sales are from their website www.raeswear.com, Cockram said, adding that sales have been &ldquo;steady&rdquo; since December. The RaesWear&rsquo;s website has recently been redone to be more mobile friendly, she added. &nbsp;&nbsp; It was important to Cockram that RaesWear&rsquo;s line be made in this country, and she wanted to do as much work and buy as much product and services locally as possible to help the area&rsquo;s economy. Sharon Sleeper, owner of Mollie&rsquo;s Originals in uptown Martinsville produces the patented sportswear line and sells it at her store. In addition to Mollie&rsquo;s Originals, RaesWear buys skirt material for its skorts and skapris from Solid Stone Fabrics, uses the accounting services of Mallard and Mallard, and had HD Web Studio design its logo and website &mdash; all local companies, Cockram said. &ldquo;Leigh&rsquo;s use of other locally grown businesses shows the culture of entrepreneurship that is growing here.&nbsp; Local businesses are partnering with each other for materials and services and creating a product &nbsp;that is receiving national attention and recognition, said Heath.&nbsp; &ldquo;The EDC and our local partners in economic development are assembling a tool box of resources to help entrepreneurs develop more stories like RaesWear, but ultimately their success is based on their willingness to work hard, take risks, and be persistent.&rdquo; Cockram worked for several years in business development in her work with the local EDC and then the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. So she knew that 90 to 95 percent of first businesses fail, she said. &ldquo;Failure isn&rsquo;t really an option in my vocabulary,&rdquo; she said. Cockram said the idea for her pouch pants came from the need to solve a problem &mdash; how to store personal items while working out. That, she said, is the key to entrepreneurship. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think you can teach entrepreneurship. There needs to be resources available to help someone who has an idea, but that idea is not going to be generated in the classroom. They are solving a problem. If you don&rsquo;t have a problem, you are not going to be an entrepreneur,&rdquo; she said. An entrepreneur also needs a thick skin, be able to trust his or her gut and know when it is time to keep moving forward or exit a project, Cockram said. It also is important to think things through, rather than having knee-jerk reactions, she said. Being an entrepreneur is not always easy, Cockram added. &ldquo;There are times when being an entrepreneur is a lonely space. You have no one to talk to,&rdquo; she said, explaining that other entrepreneurs are working with different businesses so their concerns and experiences are different. &ldquo;A lot of learning is on your own. I&rsquo;m self-funded except the EDC (market grant). There are days when I think, &lsquo;Why am I doing this? I could have redone my kitchen; I could have gone to Jamaica.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp; On those says, Cockram said, &ldquo;to have family and friends say, &lsquo;No, it will pay off,&rsquo;&rdquo; helped her get through. Now, her achievement has been gratifying, Cockram said. &ldquo;Winning the Under Armour challenge validated the whole idea,&rdquo; she added. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/195 State Approves New Enterprise Zone http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/195 Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Thirteen localities statewide applied for five enterprise zone designations up for grabs recently, and Martinsville-Henry County received a new one. On the state level, incentives include job creation and real property investment grants.&nbsp;Incentives at the city and county level include waivers and temporary rebates on certain taxes and fees imposed by the local governments. &nbsp; By Mickey Powell. Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer.&nbsp;The state has approved a new joint enterprise zone for Martinsville and Henry County to replace one that will expire later this year, according to local officials. Businesses locating or expanding in enterprise zones may qualify for incentives. On the state level, incentives include job creation and real property investment grants, according to the website of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers the program. Incentives at the city and county level include waivers and temporary rebates on certain taxes and fees imposed by the local governments. New and expanding businesses ultimately mean more revenue for the city and county, such as through taxes paid by the firms related to their investments, even if the localities have to lose some money at first. &ldquo;Usually, there has to be an addition to the (local) tax base&rdquo; in order for a company to qualify for incentives, said Martinsville Community Planner and Zoning Administrator Susan McCulloch. &ldquo;We (local officials) work with each business individually to see what types of incentives they qualify for,&rdquo; McCulloch said. Since the state established the enterprise zone program in the early 1980s, Henry County has paid to businesses more than $10 million in enterprise zone benefits, but those firms have made almost $243 million in investments in the county, according to Wade Nester, the county&rsquo;s enterprise zone coordinator. McCulloch said that since 2005, the city has paid about $1.4 million to companies that made about $18.1 million in investments in Martinsville. She did not have figures going back more than a decade, she said. Enterprise Zone 26, designated by the state in 1996, expires Dec. 31. The zone covers various parts of the city and county, including the Patriot Centre and Martinsville industrial parks. Local officials do not yet know what number the state will assign the newly-designated enterprise zone, which will include most of the same areas as Zone 36, with a few changes in both the city and county. Because of interest in developing new businesses in the Spruce Street area, the former Food Lion, Druid Lanes and Virginia Employment Commission buildings on Spruce, plus Brookdale Crossing and the shopping center on nearby Brookdale Street, are included in the new zone&rsquo;s boundary as a subzone, according to city officials. Some undeveloped land in the city off Brookdale was removed from the zone because of an apparent lack of interest in the properties by businesses in recent years, McCulloch said. Nester said some vacant county parcels &ldquo;that nobody had ever shown interest in&rdquo; were removed from county parts of the zone, but a few parcels in which interest has been shown were added. The new parcels are &ldquo;relatively small to the whole zone,&rdquo; though, he said. The new zone will comprise 607.5 acres in the city and 2,986.65 acres in the county, Nester said, for a total of 3,594.15 acres. Legislation in 2005 reduced the number of potential enterprise zone designations statewide from 57 to 30, a state website shows. Local officials did not know the reasoning behind the reduction. Thirteen localities statewide applied for five enterprise zone designations up for grabs recently, according to McCulloch and Nester. Due to the competition, they are extremely pleased that Martinsville and Henry County received a new zone, they said. The new zone designation is for 10 years, with the possibility of two five-year renewals &ndash; for a total of 20 years &ndash; if the city and county see economic boosts within the zone, Nester said. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/193 Teachers Leave Classroom; Learn More About Local Industries http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/193 Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:00:00 +0000 The recent tour is part of the MIX - Modern Industry eXchange - program created by the Harvest Foundation and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC). &nbsp;It is an awareness program designed to showcase modern manufacturing environments and job opportunities available for young people in the area and the skills they will need to land those jobs. &nbsp; The recent tour is part of the MIX - Modern Industry eXchange - program created by the Harvest Foundation and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC). &nbsp;It is awareness program designed to showcase modern manufacturing environments and job opportunities available for young people in the area and the skills they will need to land those jobs. Officials with both Alcoa Titanium &amp; Engineered Products (formerly RTI International Metals) and Eastman mentioned skills such as basic computer training, reading, math and mastery of pre-employment tests.&nbsp;They also stressed the need for soft skills &mdash; teamwork; attention to details; willingness and ability to continue learning; problem solving; flexibility; multi-tasking; and more.&nbsp;Both companies require that applicants have high school diplomas or GED (General Educational Development) certificates. TEACHERS IMPRESSED Some teachers expressed surprise at what they saw on the company tours. Diantha Williamson, a business teacher at Martinsville High School, said after touring Eastman that she was &ldquo;pleasantly surprised. It was nothing like I thought it would be.&rdquo; She had expected to see a dirty, dusty warehouse but instead it was clean, and safety was important, she said.&nbsp;Another teacher was impressed with the explanation of an Eastman coating machine given by Josh Wilson, who has worked at the company for only 10 months. Several teachers took note of the two companies&rsquo; emphasis on attention to detail and cooperation, though they noted that it is difficult to teach some things such as motivation.&nbsp;Teresa Harkness, a business teacher with the Henry County Schools, said students need to learn to observe and focus on details, something she said young people sometimes have trouble with. Students also need to learn how to speak in front of others, and others need to learn the importance of getting to class on time, some teachers said. Cynthia Finney, a special education teacher with Henry County, said she learned new things on the tour and wished students could visit the operations to do the same. Some of the teachers said it will be a challenge to bring what they heard at Eastman and Alcoa/RTI into their classrooms. But there are commonalities between education and industry, one teacher noted, citing the need for integrity, teamwork and problem solving.&nbsp;&ldquo;We want the same things&rdquo; from young people, the teacher said. Another teacher noted that he saw few young people working in the two companies. EASTMAN Eastman has two performance film sites in Henry County &mdash; the former Solutia operation in Fieldale, which it bought in 2012, and the former Commonwealth Laminating and Coating, which it bought last year, in the Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek industrial park.&nbsp;In 2014, Eastman, a global specialty chemical company, had revenues of $9.5 billion and its fifth consecutive year of earnings growth. It has about 15,000 employees worldwide and about 200 at the Patriot Centre operation, according to Shawn Pace, site manager at the Patriot Center operation. In all, Eastman has more than 700 employees in Martinsville - Henry County working in manufacturing, R&amp;D, marketing, technical services, and support functions, according to Lisa Lyle of the EDC.&nbsp;Locally, Eastman makes window film and paint protection film. It has the largest portion of the window film manufacturing industry, and that production is concentrated in Henry County, said Pace, who has worked for Eastman for 14 years and in Henry County since March. Its window film customers include large automotive dealerships, local automotive window tinting companies, as well as residential and commercial installers throughout the world.&nbsp; Working with such a diverse and regional customer base, Pace said, is a relatively new area for Eastman.&nbsp;Locally, its processes include film dyeing, mixing, laminating, coating and rewinding. Each day, every shift begins with a safety meeting, where safety issues are discussed and videos are shown. Throughout the plant there are safety posters and other reminders, including photographs of loved ones to remind employees &ldquo;Why we work safe,&rdquo; Pace said.&nbsp;As he walked the teachers through the plant&rsquo;s manufacturing processes and equipment, Pace explained the need for attention to details. For instance, when laminating film, the pieces being joined must be aligned as perfectly as possible. Also, employees follow a &ldquo;recipe&rdquo; for each roll of film as it goes through the processes, so employees must be able to follow directions, take accurate measurements and correct any problems, he said. Other Eastman employees explained how the finished film is wound from large tubes onto smaller ones that are shipped from the plant, and how testing is done during the processes and afterward to ensure quality.&nbsp;All Eastman employees are graded on results and behaviors, or how they treat people, Pace said.&nbsp;The company also looks at whether an employee takes responsibility, has initiative and can identify what needs to be done, take action to do it and take part in constructive debates to resolve problems, he said.&nbsp;However, many of those things are difficult to teach. &ldquo;We hope they come with it,&rdquo; Pace said. Pace said the ability to listen, watch, absorb and remember directions &mdash; called workplace observation &mdash; is one of the most difficult for prospective employees. He illustrated his point with a short video on how to wash one&rsquo;s hands at work, which was followed by a question about the sequence of the process. This example is similar to what potential employees would encounter during their pre-employment screening test. &ldquo;There is a lot of room for growth if you come in and apply yourself, Pace said.&rdquo; ALCOA Alcoa, a $21 billion company, bought RTI this year, bringing with it the hope that its vast resources will help the local operation grow, according to Human Resources Manager Glenn Wood.&nbsp;In two large buildings at the site, titanium is pressed and ground. Wood said 75 percent of the local titanium production is for the aerospace industry, and its main customers are Boeing, Airbus and major aircraft companies worldwide. In simple terms, the local plant starts with raw materials that are melted into an ingot, which is delivered to the Martinsville plant. The ingot, weighing about 22,000 pounds, is heated in a furnace at temperatures of 1,700 to 2,100 degrees. It then is then pressed into shapes by a forging press.&nbsp;The surfaces of those pieces are ground in another part of the plant, and in some cases they may go back to the forging area for more processing. Some items then are sent to company facilities in Ohio for further finishing, reports stated. An ingot is tracked at each step, and the processes it goes through must be exact, Wood said.&nbsp;&ldquo;If there was ever a failure (of an airplane) you&rsquo;ve got to have a complete trace on it all the way back,&rdquo; he said. Like Eastman, Alcoa places value on safety, Wood said. He added that safety is not considered a priority because priorities change; values do not.&nbsp;The work is not labor intensive, Wood said, noting that the local operation employs 28 people. For instance, it only takes one person to operate the grinder, he added. Alcoa prefers to hire local residents, and creating a diverse work force is important to the company, he said.&nbsp;Attracting and retaining young employees has been a challenge for the company, Wood said. As a result, the operation has a &ldquo;seasoned staff&rdquo; with an average age of 50, he said, adding that it looks for employees with industrial experience, maturity and a desire to work.&nbsp;As a result, he said the absentee rate is less than 1 percent, employees come to work on time and they take care of each other, he said, calling them &ldquo;quality individuals.&rdquo; PATRIOT CENTRE TOUR As part of the MIX program, teachers toured the Patriot Centre Industrial Park and the neighboring Bowles Industrial Park. They went inside the area&rsquo;s newest 95,500 sq. ft. shell building, which is being marketed by the EDC. Lyle said the area is a &ldquo;serious contender&rdquo; in the highly competitive economic development field, thanks in part to the localities&rsquo; investments in attractive industrial parks, graded lots, and top quality buildings, as well as the educational opportunities offered by Patrick Henry Community College and the New College Institute. Work force development is a key factor for companies looking to expand, she said, adding that the skills and quality of the local workforce is one of the first questions companies ask when considering an area. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/192 Henry County is Virginia's first ACT Certified Work Ready Community http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/192 Thursday, 08 October 2015 12:00:00 +0000 ACT is a national program that offers National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) to employees in participating counties and cities. NCRC is a portable, industry-recognized credential that clearly identifies an individual&rsquo;s skills in reading for information, applied math and locating information. By BEN R. WILLIAMS | Bulletin Staff Writer Henry County is Virginia&rsquo;s very first ACT Certified Work Ready Community, according to Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Governor Terry McAuliffe. Jones spoke Thursday morning at Eastman Chemical Company in Fieldale and was joined by several other local leaders. &ldquo;This is a great day for Henry County, and it&rsquo;s a great day for the Commonwealth of Virginia,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;What you&rsquo;ve achieved here is a great achievement for Henry County, and it&rsquo;s a great benchmark for the state.&rdquo; ACT is a national program that offers National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) to employees in participating counties and cities. NCRC is a portable, industry-recognized credential that clearly identifies an individual&rsquo;s skills in reading for information, applied math and locating information. ACT also seeks out employers willing to recognize and recommend the NCRC program as a measure of foundational workplace skills. &ldquo;In addition to Henry County, we have (five) other areas around here that are perhaps within six months of receiving this designation,&rdquo; Jones said, including Martinsville, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Patrick County and Halifax County. &ldquo;Although we&rsquo;ll always remember that Henry County was first,&rdquo; Jones added. Jones praised the collaboration between employers such as Eastman and educators such as Patrick Henry Community College that allowed Henry County to become the state&rsquo;s first ACT Certified Work Ready Community. According to Jones, the certification will help make sure that well-trained employees can be found locally, which will help local industries to expand and also help draw new businesses to the county.&ldquo;Nothing is more important than the quality of the workforce,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;Workforce is the number one ingredient for growth, without a doubt. It is the game changer. Having the best workforce will position our communities for maximum growth.&rdquo; &ldquo;With these fundamental skills, you can go into any work site, and with hustle, you can get the job done,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what we want to be able to promise our young folks.&rdquo; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/191 $1 Million Academic Coater Unveiled http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/191 Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:00:00 +0000 A $1 million, one-of-a-kind machine&nbsp;supporting the&nbsp;performance film industry was unveiled Thursday, August 20, at the New College Institute (NCI). The &ldquo;academic coater&rdquo; machine will be used by local students in the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM), as well as for professional training for Eastman employees, outside performance film industry experts, and others in the related fields of coating and laminating.&nbsp; MARTINSVILLE, VA (August 20, 2015) - A $1 million, one-of-a-kind machine that will provide hands-on experience for students pursuing careers in the performance film industry was unveiled Thursday, August 20, at the New College Institute (NCI). The &ldquo;academic coater&rdquo; machine will be used by local students in the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM), as well as for professional training for Eastman employees, outside performance film industry experts, and others in the related fields of coating and laminating. Future uses include seminars, workshops and programs that will draw participants from around the U.S. &nbsp;and beyond, according to Leanna Blevins, acting director of NCI. &ldquo;We are really excited to have all of our CAFM partners coming together to utilize this unique piece of equipment,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;NCI, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), Eastman, and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), are already discussing what we can do next to continue the momentum.&rdquo; The academic coater was demonstrated to the public at Thursday&rsquo;s event. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine was among the speakers. The equipment was purchased with $750,000 in state funds. The federal Economic Development Administration and The Harvest Foundation covered the rest of the $1 million cost. The coater was created by Optimation Technologies near Rochester, N.Y. It was built there, disassembled and trucked to Martinsville, arriving July 13, said Ralph Schultz, a senior engineer with Eastman who is the company&rsquo;s liaison to CAFM and an adjunct faculty member at PHCC. Since then, it has been reassembled and readied for training programs to begin in September. The machine combines performance film coating, drying, lamination and web dynamics, which involves the transport of film through the process, said Schultz, who helped design the machine and the curriculum for the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing. The equipment is unique because it combines the film manufacturing processes used in a real production facility with academics for workforce training, according to Schultz. It will teach students how to design and produce a product. It is set up at NCI just as it would be at Eastman, except for the academic component, Schultz said. &ldquo;Our intention is to train a person to go from school or from a job to a new job,&rdquo; he added. Also, the academic coater is a water-based process and safe for students. The Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing, launched in April 2014, was created to provide customized training programs for the performance film industry. Students who successfully complete the 28-credit CAFM curriculum are awarded the Advanced Film Technology Certification from PHCC. Classes are taught at PHCC and NCI, and students complete a paid internship through Eastman. After graduating from the program, students are guaranteed a job interview at Eastman. While 20% of the program incorporates customized training in advanced film manufacturing, 80% of the curriculum is applicable in any advanced manufacturing setting. In the first year of the program, CAFM had a 92% job placement rate with the first 12 students completing the program this past spring. Another 6 students are currently finishing their internships at Eastman.&nbsp;&nbsp; They have all been extended contingent employment offers by Eastman.&nbsp; These first year students were taught on equipment donated by Eastman and its subsidiary, Commonwealth Laminating and Coating. Recruiting is under way for the second group of students, with classes to begin in late August. Those students will be the first to use the new academic coater at NCI. In the future, as the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing grows, the coater&rsquo;s uses also are expected to expand. In November, Dr. Kevin Cole of Optimation Technologies will be the first outside expert scheduled to come and teach using the academic coater, Schultz said. Similar programs are expected to be held in the future. &ldquo;Part of the uniqueness of this coater is that it offers a wide array of tailored training options for entry level operators up to expert engineers in performance films, and it&rsquo;s also suitable for in-depth training in the related fields of laminating and coating,&rdquo; he added. The Martinsville-Henry County area has the largest concentration of performance film manufacturing in North America, Blevins said. To serve that industry, the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing was created by NCI, PHCC, Eastman Chemical Co., Commonwealth Laminating and Coating, now a subsidiary of Eastman, and the Martinsville-Henry EDC. &ldquo;The team spent a lot of time understanding the needs of the performance film industry and aligning education with those needs,&rdquo; Blevins said. &ldquo;The resulting Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing is a model of how education serves the needs of our local industry, and our local citizens looking to start or further their careers,&rdquo; she said. The new academic coater machine is also part of the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a designation awarded to NCI by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. Also involved in the Center of Excellence are Patrick Henry Community College, and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/188 Governor McAuliffe Announces 101 New Jobs in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/188 Monday, 01 June 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Monogram Food Solutions&nbsp;will invest $7.2 million to add warehousing and logistics facility to its operation in Henry County. This expansion includes 101 new jobs which brings the company's total job creation in Henry County to more than 300 in less than one year. RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, a Memphis-based manufacturer of value-added processed meats, will invest $7.244 million to establish a warehousing and logistics operation in Henry County. The company has operated a meat snacks production facility in the Henry County Patriot Centre Industrial Park since 2009. Virginia successfully competed against two other states for the project, which will create 101 new jobs. Speaking about today&rsquo;s announcement at an event in Henry County, Governor McAuliffe said, &ldquo;I am thrilled to be back in the region to announce Monogram Food Solutions&rsquo; new operation, which brings the company&rsquo;s total job creation in Henry County to more than 300 in less than one year. Working with companies like Monogram to grow and create new jobs in regions that need them is a key part of my administration's efforts to build a new Virginia economy.&nbsp; I thank Monogram for continuing to invest in our great Commonwealth.&rdquo; &ldquo;Monogram&rsquo;s announcement is further proof that Virginia offers the assets companies seek to grow their businesses,&rdquo; said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. &ldquo;The combination of great talent, strong infrastructure, pro-business climate and great incentives distinguish the Commonwealth as a great place for business.&nbsp; We look forward to continuing our partnership with Monogram for years to come.&rdquo; Founded in 2004 when a group of Memphis investors bought the King Cotton and Circle B Brand Meats business from the Sara Lee Corporation, Monogram Food Solutions is dedicated to providing innovative and top-quality food products that consumers love to eat. Monogram Meat Snacks, a division of Monogram Food Solutions, is one of the nation&rsquo;s largest manufacturers of quality meat snacks, including jerky, meat and cheese snacks, kippered beef sticks and pickled sausages. These meat snacks are all made in the U.S.A. and include Wild Bill&rsquo;s, O&rsquo;Brien&rsquo;s, Trail&rsquo;s Best, Hannah&rsquo;s, Bull&rsquo;s and licensed brands Bass Pro Shop&rsquo;s Uncle Buck&rsquo;s, Johnsonville and Butterball. Monogram Food Solutions also produces a wide variety of private label brand meat snacks, smoked meats, corn dogs and pre-cooked bacon for strategic partners across the country. Monogram operates facilities in Minnesota, Indiana, Texas and Iowa, as well as the Henry County, Virginia plant. &ldquo;We love the Martinsville workforce, as they are hard workers who are committed to producing great products while emphasizing people safety and excellent customer service. This will be our fourth expansion at the Martinsville facility, and we are excited to continue creating quality jobs in the state of Virginia,&rdquo; said Karl Schledwitz, Chairman and CEO of Monogram Food Solutions. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor&rsquo;s Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $370,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company&rsquo;s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. &ldquo;Our partnership with Monogram Food Solutions continues to flourish, and we are thrilled with today&rsquo;s announcement,&rdquo; said H.G. Vaughn, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. &ldquo;We look forward to working together to move the company and this community forward.&rdquo; "Monogram's continued commitment to Henry County is further evidence of the steady return of business and industry to Southside, and demonstrates that we are growing the workforce needed by these companies in order for them to succeed in the global marketplace,&rdquo; said Senator Bill Stanley, a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. &ldquo;The Tobacco Commission is proud to have made a significant contribution of financial resources that insured that the expansion of Monogram's operations occurred here in Virginia, and not in another state.&nbsp;The Commission and its members are dedicated to sustained economic growth in the region, and this is yet again one more critical piece in that endeavor." "I applauded the decision of Monogram Food Solution to make additional investments in our economy,&rdquo; said Delegate Les Adams. &ldquo;They recognize what we here in Southside Virginia know, that we have a strong and improving workforce that is ready to grow and succeed." ### Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 399 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $7.1 billion in capital investment, which is more than twice the amount of capital investment brought to the Commonwealth by the previous two governors in the first 16 months in office. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/189 PHCC plans new tech center http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/189 Sunday, 17 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 In what college and local economic development officials believe is a &ldquo;game-changer&rdquo; for the future of Martinsville and Henry County, Patrick Henry Community College will open a one-stop entrepreneurial education and technology center in Uptown Martinsville. In what college and local economic development officials believe is a &ldquo;game-changer&rdquo; for the future of Martinsville and Henry County, Patrick Henry Community College will open a one-stop entrepreneurial education and technology center in Uptown Martinsville. The newly launched Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center will be a hub for entrepreneurship, with an expanded Fab Lab serving as the anchor. Citing a desire to see the college maintain a presence in Uptown Martinsville, the family of Mr. Dalton through its generous donation has made it possible for the Patrick Henry Community College Real Estate Foundation to purchase the building which will bear his name. The three-floor, 20,520 square-foot building on Fayette Street has housed Solid Stone Fabrics since 2008, which is moving to the former Bassett-Walker facility on Rives Road in Martinsville to expand. IDEA Center stands for Innovate. Design. Engineer. Accelerate. The center will serve as the new home for PHCC&rsquo;s Fab Lab, Artisan, and Community Development programs, which are currently housed in the Artisan Center on Main and Church Streets. It is the Fab Lab, though, that will serve as the flagship. &ldquo;The Fab Lab originated as a shared vision to create jobs, promote entrepreneurship and develop small business,&rdquo; said Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC&rsquo;s president. A collaboration between PHCC, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and New College Institute (NCI), the Fab Lab is part of the U.S. Fab Lab Network and offers opportunities for digital fabrication to individuals and companies in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production. &ldquo;It is about creating product and developing technology,&rdquo; Godwin said. The gift in Mr. Dalton&rsquo;s honor, along with recently received grant funds of $250,000 from the US Community Adjustment and Investment Program, will allow the Fab Lab to move to the new facility and double its capacity, thereby adding to an impressive collection of high-end computer-controlled tools and machinery, which includes 3-D printers, plasma cutter, CNC router, injection molding machine, and laser systems. &ldquo;The expanded Fab Lab really has three prongs,&rdquo; Godwin said. &ldquo;We will integrate the Fab Lab into academic programming; we will promote student entrepreneurship; and we will offer to business and industry the ability to develop new products and technology.&rdquo; The Dalton IDEA Center in no way replaces or competes with the business incubator (operated by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce), Godwin emphasized. &ldquo;Rather, it is a technology accelerator&nbsp;to serve as a pipeline to the incubator, with entrepreneurs creating new products and new technologies at the Dalton IDEA Center using its resources and equipment, and then moving on to the incubator to begin actual business operations. The Dalton IDEA Center will focus on product and technology development,&rdquo; she said. The technology accelerator will have innovation-based economic development support through the EDC, she added. &ldquo;The EDC has partnered with PHCC and NCI from day one to establish and fund the Fab Lab, and we are excited to see it evolve to a higher level&rdquo; said Mark Heath, president and CEO of the EDC. &ldquo;We view the Fab Lab as a critical component of small business development by providing the link between ideas and prototyping, to actual industrial production. The EDC will expand its partnership with PHCC and NCI in this initiative by allocating additional staff and financial resources through our Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial division under the direction of Valerie Harper.&rdquo; Entrepreneurial education will include further development of workforce training programs, academic programs in entrepreneurship, general engineering technologies, information technology and Innovation Engineering certification. PHCC is the first community college in the nation to offer Innovation Engineering, which is a design platform that utilizes the Fab Lab. &ldquo;This is huge for our community: innovation and technology, and a new education corridor on Fayette Street with NCI, the Dental Clinic, and the proposed medical school. This is very exciting news that demonstrates growth and economic potential for Martinsville and Henry County,&rdquo; said Rhonda Hodges, Vice President of Workforce, Economic, and Community Development. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/187 Celebrating National Window Film Day http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/187 Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:00:00 +0000 The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is pleased to join Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and local officials in recognizing Thursday, April 30, as National Window Film Day. Martinsville, VA (April 30, 2015) -&nbsp; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is pleased to join Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and local officials in recognizing Thursday, April 30, as National Window Film Day. The window film industry is a powerful economic driver in Martinsville-Henry County that&rsquo;s providing robust employment and education opportunities for the area. One of the world&rsquo;s leading manufacturers of window film, Eastman, operates multiple facilities in the area and employs more than 700 people. Eastman sites produce some of the leading brands in automotive and architectural film including LLumar&reg;, SunTek&reg;, Vista&reg;, Gila&reg; and EnerLogic&reg;. &ldquo;We like to say Martinsville-Henry County makes more film than Hollywood,&rdquo; said Mark Heath, president/CEO of the EDC.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are proud to be world leaders in a high-tech, growth industry like window film. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a great testament to the workforce of this area and the commitment of corporate leaders to invest in our community.&nbsp; The creation of new, better paying jobs improves the quality of life for all of our citizens.&rdquo;&nbsp; The EDC is also working to equip the window film industry with highly skilled workers for years to come. The EDC is a partner with Eastman, Patrick Henry Community College and the New College Institute in a world-class training center customized to the specific needs of advanced film manufacturing. The Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM) offers the Advanced Film Certification, an innovative 28-credit program designed to provide students with skills needed by window film and other advanced manufacturers. The first class of CAFM students will soon complete their first year of study, and be eligible to compete for new career opportunities. Window film protects our skin, fortifies our office buildings and homes, and helps reduce glare and facing. National Window Film Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the men and women who manufacture , distribute and install window film, and educate the public about the industry&rsquo;s contributions to the our society. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/186 eBay Enterprise Adds More Than 190 Jobs in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/186 Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:00:00 +0000 The new facility in Martinsville offers clients regional fulfillment solutions to provide faster delivery times across North America. It will create more than 190 new full-time jobs and invest up to $5.8 million in the Commonwealth. MARTINSVILLE,&nbsp;VA &ndash;&nbsp;eBay Enterprise, an eBay Inc.&nbsp;company, plans to expand operations in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia, creating more than 190 new, full-time jobs and investing up to $5.8 million in the Commonwealth. The eBay Enterprise 400,000 square-foot facility expansion will provide automated fulfillment services, warehouse management and freight solutions for clients, including Bath &amp; Body Works, Stein Mart and The Company Store. The new eBay Enterprise facility, located on Joseph Martin Highway, expands the company&rsquo;s Martinsville-Henry County campus to six buildings and increases its total fulfillment footprint to 1.3 million square feet.&nbsp; To encourage the investment and job growth in Martinsville, the Commonwealth of Virginia will provide assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, while Henry County will provide Enterprise Zone incentives based on the total investment. The Tobacco Commission also will assist with the expansion. &ldquo;Paramount to our clients&rsquo; success is their ability to continually innovate and improve the consumer experience and we are excited to help them achieve this through our regional fulfillment capabilities,&rdquo; said Tom Barone, vice president, operations, eBay Enterprise. &ldquo;We have always considered the Martinsville community a critical partner to our success, since our first facility here opened in 1999. Our ability to expand is possible because of the community&rsquo;s dedication to foster employment growth, and the talented workforce which has allowed us to grow our business and deliver industry-leading services for our clients.&rdquo; &ldquo;Speaking on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, we are pleased that eBay Enterprise has made this additional investment in Martinsville-Henry County,&rdquo; said H.G. Vaughn, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. &ldquo;This speaks highly of our workforce and our partnership with eBay Enterprise. Our area will continue to reap the rewards of economic growth and additional job opportunities that come with the investment.&rdquo; &ldquo;Senator Bill Stanley and I are excited to be able to help bring jobs to our area.&nbsp; The Virginia Tobacco Commission&rsquo;s goal is to help bring jobs and prosperity to the commission&rsquo;s footprint,&rdquo; said Delegate Danny Marshall, a commissioner of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and the Community Revitalization Commission.&nbsp; &ldquo;Thanks to the eBay Enterprise management team for their commitment to our area.&rdquo; &ldquo;A top priority for the EDC is to assist existing companies grow and expand in Martinsville and Henry County" said Mark Heath, President/CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. "The decision of eBay Enterprise to expand locally and hire an additional 190 employees is testament of their belief in our workforce and support services. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s also exciting to see this growth in the e-commerce segment of our local economy. &nbsp;A diversified economy is good for the long-term health of our community.&nbsp;&nbsp; ### About eBay Enterprise eBay Enterprise is a leading global provider of retail-optimized commerce solutions, including the Magento platform, order management, fulfillment, customer care, and marketing solutions. We enable brands and retailers of all sizes to deliver consistent omnichannel&nbsp;experiences across all retail touch points to attract and engage new customers, convert browsers into loyal buyers, and deliver products with speed and quality. With unrivaled&nbsp;flexibility and control, our clients are armed to accelerate sales growth and win with today&rsquo;s digitally connected consumer. eBay Enterprise is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa. and has offices in Austin, Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, &nbsp;New York and Shanghai. eBay Enterprise is an eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) company. More information can be found at&nbsp;www.ebayenterprise.com&nbsp;and www.magento.com. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/185 Hardide Coatings, Inc. to invest $7.25 million to establish first Virginia operation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/185 Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Gov. McAuliffe announced today that Hardide Coatings, Inc. will invest $7.25 million to create 29 new jobs with an average salary of $50,000. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: January 21, 2015 Office of the GovernorContact: Rachel ThomasEmail: Rachel.Thomas@governor.virginia.gov Virginia Economic Development PartnershipContact: Suzanne ClarkPhone: (804) 545-5806Email: Sclark@yesvirginia.org Hardide Coatings, Inc.Contact: Jackie RobinsonPhone: +44 (0) 7711 281915 (cell)Email: jrobinson@hardide.com &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Governor McAuliffe Announces 29 New Jobs in Henry County&nbsp;~ Hardide Coatings, Inc. to invest $7.25 million to establish first Virginia operation~Project result of Governor's meeting with company officials during the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Hardide Coatings, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced surface coatings, will invest $7.25 million to establish its first Virginia operation in Henry County and create 29 new jobs with an average salary of $50,000, which is well above the average prevailing wage in the region. Virginia successfully competed against Oklahoma and Texas for the project, which is a result of the Governor's meeting with company officials outside London during the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. Speaking about today's announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, "Creating jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector is critical as we work to build a new Virginia economy. I am thrilled to announce these new jobs, which pay well above the average prevailing wage for the region. I had the opportunity to meet with company officials last summer in the U.K. about this project, and we are honored to welcome Hardide Coatings to the Commonwealth's growing roster of international companies." "This is a big win for rural Virginia as the region continues its economic rebound," said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "Hardide Coatings is a growing global company, and this significant investment to expand its manufacturing presence to serve worldwide customers is a great testament to the strong workforce and infrastructure in place in Martinsville-Henry County and the Commonwealth as a whole." Hardide Coatings is the leading global innovator and provider of advanced tungsten carbide-based coatings that significantly increase the life of critical metal parts operating in abrasive, erosive, corrosive and chemically aggressive environments. The company was formed in 2000 by a team of U.K.-led venture capitalists to develop and commercialize a process that was invented by scientists in Soviet Russia at Moscow State University and a leading laboratory in the area of advanced materials. In 2003, the company headquarters and U.K. manufacturing facility was established in Bicester, Oxfordshire. From this location, the company serves customers around the world, including the U.K., Europe, U.S., Canada, the Far East and Australia. This new facility will service existing and new customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, flow control and advanced engineering markets. "Martinsville-Henry County was chosen after a long and detailed evaluation of numerous locations in different states, and we believe the county made a compelling economic and business case," said Philip Kirkham, Hardide Coatings CEO. "It is a community that supports advanced manufacturing and will provide us with an environment from which we can grow our existing and projected customer base in North America. I have been particularly impressed with the way all the different parties and agencies involved have worked together and coordinated their activities to give us every possible assistance in making this important decision for Hardide." The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) to secure the project for Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation was also instrumental in the project. Governor McAuliffe approved a $150,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $170,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The company will also be eligible to receive sales and use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment. Funding and services to support the company's employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. "We are very excited that Hardide is going to be a part of Henry County's future," said Board of Supervisors Chairman H.G. Vaughn, "and we are thrilled that we can expand our footprint with another international company. A lot of the credit should go to Mark Heath and his staff at the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. We have a great team in place, and today's announcement underscores that." "Brick by brick, step by step, we are revitalizing Southside's economy," said Senator William Stanley, member of the Tobacco Commission. "Another step in that effort is the Hardide project and the jobs the company will bring to the area. It is great to have this investment in Martinsville- Henry County." "CCAM is delighted that Hardide Plc, an advanced manufacturer in surface engineering and coatings, has selected Virginia to be its U.S. Surface Coatings Center," said Joseph Moody, President and Executive Director of CCAM. "CCAM has been in contact with Hardide since January 2013 and has worked for two years with the Commonwealth to secure this investment. Hardide's technology is used in multiple industries, including oil &amp; gas, aerospace, defense and automotive, and the company's technology and industry focus align well with CCAM's focus. We are excited that Hardide selected Virginia over other locations and look forward to working with Hardide to explore potential collaborative surface coating research &amp; development projects at CCAM here in Virginia." "We're delighted that our open-access fiber optic network played an important role in this announcement," said Tad Deriso, President &amp; CEO of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation. "Hardide will be able to connect their new location in Martinsville-Henry County to their network provider in the U.K., offering a cost-effective, robust and scalable broadband solution to support their operations." "Economic development is always a top priority in Southside Virginia, and I am very pleased that Hardide Coatings will bring new jobs and investment to Martinsville and Henry County," said Delegate Les Adams.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ### Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 269 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $5.54 billion in capital investment, more than twice the amount of capital investment brought to the Commonwealth in any Governor's first 12 months in office. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/184 New Micro Category to Help Small Businesses Obtain Government Contracts http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/184 Friday, 10 October 2014 12:00:00 +0000 The order also created a new "micro business" designation for small businesses with no more than 25 employees and no more than $3 million in revenue. Martinsville, VA (October 10, 2014) - Local certified small, woman-owned or minority-owned (SWaM) small business owners are encouraged to take advantage of the new &quot;micro&quot; designation in order to increase their chances in obt http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/178 The Martinsville-Henry County EDC Announces New Board Members http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/178 Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:00:00 +0000 The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce three new members to its Board of Directors. MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 7, 2014) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is pleased to announce three (3) new members to its Board of Directors. Effective July 1, 2014 the EDC expanded its Board of Directors. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/180 Session Planned for Food-Based Business Entrepreneurs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/180 Friday, 03 October 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Rules and regulations for operating these businesses are very specific and non-negotiable. Knowing the expectations beforehand will help avoid delays and penalties later. Martinsville, VA (October 3, 2014) The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Division will be sponsoring a seminar focused on the Rules and Regulations of Operating a Food-Based Business. The event i http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/179 Small Business Investment Forum to Hold Business Plan Competition http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/179 Friday, 05 September 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Local entrepreneurs have a chance to compete for funding, free space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) business plan competition. Martinsville, VA (September 5, 2014) - Local entrepreneurs have a chance to compete for funding, free space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) business plan competition. The competition will launch on Septemb http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/182 Marketing Co-op Grant Program Seeks Vendors and Applicants http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/182 Friday, 05 September 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Providers of these products and services, as well as businesses with these needs, are encouraged to contact the EDC for more specific details. Martinsville, VA (September 5, 2014) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation Small Business Division and Tourism Division have received funding to continue their assistance to local businesses for marketing needs. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/181 Seminar Scheduled on HR Procedures for Small Businesses http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/181 Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend an information session on human resources issues faced by small business owners. Martinsville, VA (August 12, 2014) - Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend an information session on human resources issues faced by small business owners. This free meeting is sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry Coun http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/183 Marketing Strategies Topic for Business Training Seminar http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/183 Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Frank Strickler, Interim Director for the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, will give tips on how to sharpen your business image, organize your business and innovative ways to market your business. Martinsville, VA (July 3, 2014) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Division will host a workshop focusing on Modern Marketing Techniques for Businesses. The training will be held Thursday, http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/177 Local Entrepreneurs Complete Business Certification Program http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/177 Friday, 13 June 2014 12:00:00 +0000 There have been 119 graduates since the EDC began offering entrepreneurial certification on business plan writing. Martinsville, VA (June 13, 2014) - Five entrepreneurs in Martinsville-Henry County have graduated from the SmartSTART program offered through Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entreprene http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/173 Marketing Workshop Scheduled for June 12th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/173 Friday, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Guest Speaker Beth Deatherage of HD Web Studio will cover marketing methods that are both effective and economical for small businesses. Martinsville, VA (May 30, 2014) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority and Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop focusing on Creative Marketing on a Budget. The event will be held Th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/174 Doss Earns ‘Travel Marketing Professional’ Certification http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/174 Friday, 04 April 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County, completed the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. Lexington, Ky. (March 25, 2014) Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County, has earned certification as a &quot;Travel Marketing Professional&quot; (TMP) after completing the three-year program of the Southeast T http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/175 8-Week SmartSTART Series to be Offered for Entrepreneurs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/175 Friday, 14 March 2014 12:00:00 +0000 The EDC's SmartSTART program is a series of workshops designed to help entrepreneurs develop the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful businesses. Martinsville, VA (March 14, 2014) -&nbsp;The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division will again be offering their SmartSTART program for local entrepreneurs. The Smar http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/176 Information session offered on affordable rental and training space for entrepreneurs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/176 Friday, 28 February 2014 12:00:00 +0000 M-HC has several local organizations that offer inexpensive solutions for entrepreneurs, artisans, and cooks needing access to a commercial kitchen, design tools, artistic studios and more. Martinsville, VA (February 28, 2014) - Entrepreneurs are invited to learn about space available through local organizations that is both functional and economical. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/172 Kilgour Industries Ltd. to invest $27.3 million in first U.S. operation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/172 Friday, 31 January 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Governor McAuliffe said, "Securing an investment of this magnitude and 155 new jobs for a region that is continuing to rebound economically is a tremendous win for Virginia ..." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Governor McAuliffe Announces 155 New Jobs for Henry County&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~Kilgour Industries Ltd to invest $27.3 million in first U.S. operation~ <br / http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/171 Small Business Training Offered on Modern Technology Devices http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/171 Friday, 03 January 2014 12:00:00 +0000 This workshop is geared for small business owners and employees who are (or want to be) using iPads/Phones, Androids or other smart devices for business purposes. Martinsville, VA (January 3, 2014) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division will offer training to entrepreneurs and business owners who want to incorporate moder http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/170 Governor McDonnell Announces 25 New Jobs in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/170 Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Bassett Furniture Industries will create 25 new jobs and invest $1.5 million to expand its operations in Henry County. Governor McDonnell Announces 25 New Jobs in Henry County~Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. to invest $1.5 million to expand manufacturing operation~RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that B http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/167 Solid Stone Fabrics Expands http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/167 Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Solid Stone Fabrics is expanding their operations in Martinsville, creating 16 new jobs and investing $1 million in new equipment over 3 years. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leon Towarnicki City ManagerCity of Martinsville 276-403-5155ltowarnicki@ci.martinsville.va.us Mark HeathPresident/CEO Martinsville Henry County Economic De http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/169 Business Loans and Cash Flow to be Explained at Workshop http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/169 Friday, 18 October 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC Small, Minority & Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop on understanding cash flow for entrepreneurs who intend to seek financing or investors. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Business Loans and Cash Flow to be Explained at WorkshopMartinsville, VA (October 18, 2013) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corpor http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/168 Local Entrepreneurs Complete Business Certification Program http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/168 Friday, 11 October 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Six entrepreneurs participated in the eight-week SmartSTART program which focused on preparing a solid business plan for their business ventures. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Valerie HarperSmall, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940vharper@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;<b http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/164 Gov. McDonnell Announces $40 million investment in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/164 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The company's facility in Henry County is one of the largest and most integrated window and performance-coated film manufacturing sites in the world. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 25, 2013Office of the GovernorContact: Taylor Thornley KeeneyPhone: (804) 225-4260Email: Taylor.Keeney@governor.virginia.govVirginia Economic Development PartnershipContact: Suzanne We http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/165 Work on shell building to start http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/165 Thursday, 19 September 2013 12:00:00 +0000 "By having a flexible and available building, we will have a significant advantage," said Jim Adams (Henry County Board of Supervisors) By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff WriterMore than 40 people attended the ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday for the 96,970-square-foot shell building on lot 8 in the Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek industrial park.The ceremonial shovel used http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/166 Workshop Planned for Food-Based Business Entrepreneurs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/166 Friday, 30 August 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Food-based businesses are an increasingly popular field. Rules and regulations for operating these businesses are very specific and non-negotiable. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Workshop Planned for Food-Based Business Entrepreneurs&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/163 Training to be offered on obtaining contracts with state-run agencies http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/163 Friday, 26 July 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The Commonwealth purchases almost $8 billion in goods and services annually, with a 40% spending goal with certified small businesses. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276.403.5940 vharper@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Training t http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/162 Marketing Workshop Scheduled for July 25th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/162 Friday, 12 July 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. This workshop will cover effective and economical marketing methods that would benefit businesses who have a limited marketing budget. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276.403.5940 vharper@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/161 NCI building progress on track http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/161 Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Barring major unforeseen problems, said NCI Executive Director William Wampler, "all in all, we're about where we need to be" to finish construction by the target date of May. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Rainy weather in recent days has not set back construction of the New College Institute's new building in uptown Martinsville.Construction began in May. Barring major unforeseen problems, said NCI Execut http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/160 $700K block grant to fund NCI http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/160 Sunday, 23 June 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The grant specifically will be used toward the construction of the building's second floor, which will be NCI's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Martinsville on Friday was awarded $700,000 in state funds toward the construction of the New College Institute (NCI) building under way on the Baldwin Block uptown.Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the Commu http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/152 Monogram Foods Expands Capacity of Martinsville Manufacturing Plant http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/152 Friday, 14 June 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Monogram Food Solutions announced that it has secured significant new business for it’s Martinsville Meat Snacks Plant that will result in the creation of 100 new jobs. &nbsp;Monogram Foods Expands Capacity at Manufacturing Plant(Capacity Expansion Creates New Jobs) Martinsville, VA -- (June 14, 2013) -- Monogram Food Solutions, LLC http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/151 Stone Dynamics, Inc., Expands in Martinsville http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/151 Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Stone Dynamics, a local manufacturer of custom tops of granite and marble, is creating new jobs and investing $1 million in equipment. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leon Towarnicki City ManagerCity of Martinsville 276-403-5155 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/159 Construction begins on new NCI building http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/159 Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The building will house NCI's educational programs in entrepreneurism, advanced manufacturing and health care technology, plus employee offices and public event space. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff WriterConstruction has started on the New College Institute's new building on the Baldwin Block uptown.The three-story, roughly 50,000-square-foot building will house educational programs that NCI is deve http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/153 Small Business Investment Forum to Hold 6th Annual Business Plan Competition http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/153 Friday, 26 April 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) is holding it's 6th annual business plan competition. Local entrepreneurs can compete for funding, free space and mentoring. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/154 Computer workshop offered to develop business plans http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/154 Friday, 19 April 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. This free interactive workshop will provide assistance in writing or perfecting a business plan in a computer lab setting. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/155 EDC Participates in Student Business Plan Review http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/155 Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Lisa Fultz, Director of EDC's Small, Minority, and Entrepreneurial Division was invited to critique business plan presentations prepared by students at Magna Vista High School. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/156 Entrepreneur Express Workshop Scheduled for April 10th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/156 Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. This event is a free half-day workshop designed to provide interactive discussions covering key elements of business practices. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/157 E-Commerce Workshop Scheduled for February 21st http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/157 Friday, 08 February 2013 12:00:00 +0000 "In today's market an internet presence has become equally important as a storefront," said Lisa Fultz, EDC Director of the Small, Minority and Entrepreneurial Division. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/150 Faneuil, Inc., Expansion http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/150 Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Faneuil will invest another $1 million in capital improvements and create 100 new jobs for local residents. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Anna Van BurenCEOFaneuil, Inc.757-262-9600Leon Towarnicki Interim City ManagerCity of Martinsville 276-403-5155 ltowarnicki@ci.martinsville.va.us <br http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/149 SHINE Systems & Technologies to establish a new Solutions Center in Martinsville http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/149 Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. SHINE Systems & Technologies, an SBA-Certified HUBZone Company, intends to open a Solutions Center in MHC, creating 50 or more new jobs over the next three years. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5940mheath@yesmartinsville.comAmanda WittPresidentMartinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce<br http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/158 Workshop to Focus on Improving Professionalism http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/158 Friday, 04 January 2013 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Participants will become aware of how conversation, appearance, attitude and behavior in the workplace combine to play a role in the business's image. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com<stron http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/148 Tax collection company to open, create 17 jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/148 Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C., will open an operations center in Martinsville to help state and local governments collect delinquent taxes. It plans to create 17 jobs over the next three By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C., will open an operations center in Martinsville to help state and local governments collect delinquent http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/147 Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C. to establish an operations center in Martinsville http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/147 Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:00:00 +0000 A Virginia law firm concentrating on tax collection and consulting services, will open an operations center in the City of Martinsville, creating 17 new jobs over the next three years. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5940mheath@yesmartinsville.comLeon Towarnicki Interim City ManagerCity of Martinsville <br / http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/146 Tile Shop invests $4M in new facility in county http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/146 Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:00:00 +0000 By Martinsville Bulletin. The Tile Shop, which manufactures and sells stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles and tiling materials in several states, has begun construction on the new building. By Martinsville Bulletin. A local business is investing $4 million to build a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at its current location in the Iriswood Distr http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/145 The Tile Shop investing $4 million in new manufacturing facility http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/145 Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:00:00 +0000 The provider of natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles and tiling materials, is building a new 30,000sf building at their current location in Henry County with completion expected in January 2013. Martinsville, VA (November 28, 2012) -The Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation join together with The Tile Shop to announce their new manufacturing facility. The Tile Shop http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/144 Guidance to be offered for small business cash management http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/144 Friday, 26 October 2012 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. On November 8th, 2012, the EDC's Small, Minority & Entrepreneurial Division will host an interactive workshop on how to manage business cash flow. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cas http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/143 RTI production begins http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/143 Friday, 12 October 2012 12:00:00 +0000 The titanium plant in the Patriot Centre industrial park held its inaugural Airbus forging ceremony, producing its first certified commercial product. By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer RTI International Metals Inc. is up and running in Henry County. On Thursday, the titanium plant in the Patriot Centre industrial park held its inaugural Airbus forging ceremony, producing its first certified comme http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/142 NCI Launches Academy Focused on Engineering and Technology http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/142 Thursday, 23 August 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Thirty-three local high school students are preparing for high-tech careers through a New College Institute (NCI) program focused on high tech manufacturing skills. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff WriterThirty-three local high school students are preparing for high-tech careers through a New College Institute (NCI) program launched last week. The Academy for Engineering and Technology aims to prepare stud http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/141 Commonwealth Laminating Expands Again http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/141 Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Governor McDonnell announced 60 new jobs in Henry County. Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc. will invest $5.45 million in second expansion in nine months. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Governor http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/140 Northwest Hardware Coming to Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/140 Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Northwest True Value Hardware, a family-owned hardware store based in Roanoke Virginia, will invest $1.5 million to open a new retail store in Henry County and create 12 new jobs. &nbsp;FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5940mheath@yesmartinsville.comTim HallDeputy County AdministratorH http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/139 Airport welcomes new tenant as AirCare opens 3rd air medical base http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/139 Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Wake Forest Baptist Health AirCare and Air Methods Corporation announced the addition of a third air medical helicopter under the call sign "AirCare 3," based at Blue Ridge Airport in Henry County. Wake Forest Baptist Health AirCare and Air Methods Corporation are pleased today to announce the addition of a third air medical helicopter under the call sign &quot;AirCare 3,&quot; which will be based at Blue Ridge Airport in Henry County. AirCare 3 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/137 EDC Continues Marketing Co-op Grant Program http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/137 Friday, 20 April 2012 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release - The EDC Small, Minority & Entrepreneurial Division has received funding to continue its assistance to small businesses for marketing or website development needs. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.comEDC Continues Mark http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/138 Drake adds equipment, will hire 25 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/138 Friday, 20 April 2012 12:00:00 +0000 By Martinsville Bulletin - Drake Extrusion plans to hire more than two dozen employees due to expanding its production capacity for the third time in 18 months. Drake Extrusion plans to hire more than two dozen employees due to expanding its production capacity for the third time in 18 months. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) and the Henry County Board of Supervisors made that ann http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/136 Drake Extrusion completes a Third Expansion within Eighteen Months http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/136 Thursday, 19 April 2012 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Drake's most recent capital investment is $3 million in new machinery for product line expansion, resulting in the hiring of 25 new full-time employees, with an $14/hr average wage. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark HeathPresident/CEO Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276-403-5940mheath@yesmartinsville.com Tim HallDeputy County Administrator276.634.4605thall@co.henry.va.us http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/126 Editorial: GSI jobs welcome http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/126 Sunday, 11 March 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Bulletin Editorial. Last week's announcement of the expansion of GSI Commerce in Henry County was more good news for the area. Martinsville Bulletin Editorial. Last week's announcement of the expansion of GSI Commerce in Henry County was more good news for the area.GSI, an ecommerce and interactive marketing company, will invest $1.5 million and create http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/135 Computer workshop to aid in development of business plans http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/135 Friday, 09 March 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend as this is a great opportunity to prepare a business plan to submit to the Small Business Investment Forum, a local business plan competition. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop that will provide assistance in writing or perfecting a business plan. The free hands-on workshop will be held in the http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/124 GSI Commerce to expand its Martinsville fulfillment operations http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/124 Monday, 05 March 2012 12:00:00 +0000 GSI Commerce will expand its Martinsville fulfillment operations by adding more than 60 new jobs and investing approximately $1.5 million in Henry County. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 5, 2012 Office of the GovernorContact: Jeff CaldwellPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.GovVirginia Economic Development PartnershipContact: Suzanne West<br http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/133 Small Business Investment Forum to Hold Business Plan Competition http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/133 Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Local entrepreneurs have a chance to compete for funding, free space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum business plan competition. Local entrepreneurs have a chance to compete for funding, free space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum business plan competition. Sponsors for this year's program include City of Martinsville, Martinsville-Henry County Chamber http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/125 Editorial: EDC gets high marks from LamTech http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/125 Sunday, 26 February 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Bulletin Editorial. Frank Zoeller of LamTech said when he talks with economic development officials in Ohio, he tells them to look to the Martinsville-Henry Co. EDC to see how it should be done. Martinsville Bulletin Editorial. The day before the Taxpayer Association of Martinsville and Henry County presented a plan to change strategies for economic development in the area, the president of a company moving here gave the local http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/123 Governor McDonnell Announces 30 New Jobs in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/123 Monday, 20 February 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Laminate Technologies to invest $2 million in manufacturing operation. RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Laminate Technologies (LamTech), a manufacturer of customized laminated panels and fabricated components, will invest in excess of $2 million to establish an operation in Henry County, creating a m http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/134 Workshop will offer guidance for financial stability for a small business http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/134 Friday, 03 February 2012 12:00:00 +0000 This workshop is designed to help small business owners understand the importance of cash flow, how to track it, and hazards to avoid. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop that will provide guidance on how to manage cash flow. The free workshop is scheduled for February 16th from 12 to 1: http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/132 Workshop to Focus on Improving Communications Skills http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/132 Friday, 13 January 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Business owners and employees need to be aware of the verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication and how it reflects on the professionalism of the business. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division will be offering a workshop on Improving Communication Skills in the Workplace on January 26th from 12PM-1:30PM at the Virginia Museum of Na http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/131 Enterprise Zone Workshop Scheduled http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/131 Friday, 02 December 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Workshop to assist businesses with understanding the Enterprise Zone program and its benefits The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop to assist businesses with understanding the Enterprise Zone program and its benefits on Thursday, December 8th at the http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/122 Governor McDonnell Announces 40 New Jobs in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/122 Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc. to invest $16.5 million to expand manufacturing operation. Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnellFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 22, 2011 Office of the GovernorContact: Jeff Caldwe http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/130 Twenty-eight graduate from entrepreneurial certification program http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/130 Friday, 11 November 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Twenty-eight aspiring entrepreneurs in Martinsville-Henry Co. have graduated from the 4th annual FastTrac® NewVentureTM Program offered through MHC EDC Small, Minority & Entrepreneurial Division. Twenty-eight aspiring entrepreneurs in Martinsville-Henry County have graduated from the fourth annual FastTrac&reg; NewVentureTM Program offered through Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entr http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/129 Gov. McDonnell Recognizes Small Businesses in November http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/129 Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:00:00 +0000 The governor's office is partnering with the NFIB to call attention to small businesses who have recently hired additional employees , despite the tough economy and continued economic uncertainty. In a press release from the office of Governor Bob McDonnell, November has been proclaimed as &quot;Job Creator Appreciation Month&quot;. The governor's office is partnering with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to call attention http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/121 Workshop Scheduled on E-Commerce http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/121 Friday, 28 October 2011 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Topics will include basics of web development, and the benefits and risks of e-commerce. Masha Edelen, President and owner of HD Web Studio will be the speaker. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/128 Small Business Investment Forum Awards Four Small Businesses http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/128 Friday, 14 October 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Four emerging small businesses were recently awarded help through the Small Business Investment Forum. They will receive grants, business mentoring and services totaling more than $25,000. Four emerging small businesses were recently awarded help through the Small Business Investment Forum.Four emerging small businesses were awarded additional help through the Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF.) As winners of the Forum's comp http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/120 EDC Offers QuickBooks Classes http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/120 Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Participants will learn how QuickBooks can be useful for daily operations in a small business. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/127 Marketing Seminar Offered for Start-ups and Growing Businesses http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/127 Thursday, 06 October 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Dr. Martha Walker will give tips on promoting business via the internet, media, & direct sales. We'll also cover marketing trends, competitive marketing,and creating a niche for your product. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division will be offering a seminar on The Art of Marketing on October 19th from 12PM-1:30PM in the Frith Building of Patrick Henry Community College http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/119 Lyle to join the EDC as Director of Recruiting & Marketing http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/119 Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC has hired Lisa Lyle as its Director of Recruiting and Marketing. She will begin work on October 17th. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Mark Heath President/CEO Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276-403-5940 mheath@yesmartinsville.com &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/118 Business Email Etiquette Workshop Planned http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/118 Friday, 02 September 2011 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC's Small, Minority, & Entrepreneurial Division will offer Business Email Etiquette tips on Sept. 13th. Guest speaker will be Beth Deatherage of HD Web Studio. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com&nbs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/117 Tourism Professionals Extend Education with Annual Program on Georgia Campus http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/117 Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Doss, EDC's Director of Tourism has completed the first portion of a three-year professional development program that will lead to certification as a Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP). TOURISM PROFESSIONALS EXTEND EDUCATION WITH ANNUAL PROGRAM ON GEORGIA CAMPUSJennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation has completed the first portion of a three-year http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/116 Interactive Social Media Marketing Plan Workshop Scheduled http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/116 Friday, 05 August 2011 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Hands-on guidance for creating a social media marketing plan. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.comInteractive Social M http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/114 New Visitor Center Associate Hired http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/114 Tuesday, 02 August 2011 12:00:00 +0000 MHC EDC Press Release. Beth Stinett will join the MHC EDC as the new Visitor Center Associate. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation Announces New Visitor Center Associate<p http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/113 Workshop on Brochures and Press Releases Planned http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/113 Friday, 10 June 2011 12:00:00 +0000 MHC EDC Press Release. June workshop on brochures and press releases will offer tips and guidance to maximize visibility. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/115 EDC Launches Marketing Co-op Grant for Local Small Businesses http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/115 Tuesday, 24 May 2011 12:00:00 +0000 MHC EDC Press Release. For-profit, local small businesses which contribute to the local tax base (Martinsville or Henry County) are encouraged to apply. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.comE http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/112 Witt Appointed to EDC Board of Directors http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/112 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Witt, a Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) appointee, will fill the seat previously held by Amy Lampe. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940mheath@yesmartinsville.comWitt Appointed to Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/111 Federal Procurement Conference Scheduled for May 5th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/111 Friday, 22 April 2011 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The sixth annual conference will give businesses the opportunity to include the federal government as a customer. Training and networking throughout the day will be offered. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com<st http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/109 Governor McDonnell Announces 40 New Jobs in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/109 Thursday, 21 April 2011 12:00:00 +0000 This investment and expansion creates 40 more valuable employment opportunities in a dynamic region that is on the rebound economically." Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnellFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 21, 2011Office of the GovernorContact: Jeff CaldwellPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Gover http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/106 ICF to bring 539 jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/106 Tuesday, 12 April 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that ICF International, a Fairfax-based firm, will expand to Martinsville - Henry County, hire 539 people within three years and build a $15 million operations center. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Job fairs will be held Friday and Saturday in the Career Hub at Liberty Fair Mall to fill the first 100 of 539 new jobs announced Monday. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that ICF International, a Fairfax-based firm, http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/107 McDonnell: 'Best news in seven years' http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/107 Tuesday, 12 April 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Gov. Bob McDonnell called Monday's announcement "the best news in seven years." It will offer residents the "opportunity to be self-sufficient and pursue the American dream." By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS - Bulletin Staff Writer. Gov. Bob McDonnell called Monday's announcement of the expansion of ICF International and its creation of 539 jobs in Henry County &quot;the best news in seven years.&quot; &quot;It is so great to be h http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/105 Governor McDonnell announced more than 500 new jobs in Henry County. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/105 Monday, 11 April 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Press Release - ICF International will open a $15 million operations center. Virginia successfully competed against GA, MD, TN, and WV for the project. Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnellFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 11, 2011Office of the GovernorContact: Jeff CaldwellPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/104 Region's localities form alliance for marketing http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/104 Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance is a marketing partnership between Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Halifax counties and Martinsville and Danville. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer.&nbsp; Economic developers must think regionally in efforts to lure new businesses and industries, according to state and local officials. Many workers are willing to cross city and county lines to get to their http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/103 Interactive Marketing Plan Workshop Set for March 24 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/103 Friday, 11 March 2011 12:00:00 +0000 The EDC will host an Interactive Marketing Plan Workshop on March 24. Participants will begin creating or refining their own individual plans, personalized for their respective business. Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/101 Business Matchmaking Workshop on February 23 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/101 Friday, 11 February 2011 12:00:00 +0000 The workshop on February 23 will provide small businesses with valuable training and insight on the benefits of partnering with other businesses to secure government contracts. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&n http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/102 Business Competition for Small Businesses http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/102 Friday, 04 February 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Small Business Investment Forum launched as a business competition for small businesses. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;& http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/99 Blevins Appointed to EDC Board of Directors http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/99 Tuesday, 01 February 2011 12:00:00 +0000 MHC EDC Press Release. The MHC EDC announces that Dr. Leanna Blevins has been appointed to its Board of Directors. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940mheath@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Blevins Appointed to MHC Economic Develo http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/100 Workshop Scheduled for Business Networking and Marketing http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/100 Friday, 07 January 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Cian Robinson of Robinson Ventures, LLC will provide tips to boost sales through referrals, networking, and various marketing methods. "In today's economy, marketing budgets for many businesses have FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.comWORKSHOP SCHEDULED F http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/95 Governor McDonnell Announces 67 New Jobs in Martinsville http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/95 Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Southern Finishing Company to invest $1.7 million to consolidate operations in Virginia Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnell November 30, 2010Office of the GovernorContact: Stacey JohnsonPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: Stacey.Johnson@Governor.Virginia.GovVirginia Economic Develo http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/97 Enterprise Zone Workshop Scheduled http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/97 Friday, 26 November 2010 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Enterprise Zone Workshop to explain job creation and real property grants. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa FultzDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lfultz@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&n http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/98 Marketing with E-Commerce Workshop Scheduled http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/98 Friday, 12 November 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Workshop scheduled to assist businesses with understanding the benefits of electronic marketing and sales FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa WilsonDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lwilson@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/92 Health Care Reform Workshop for Small Businesses http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/92 Friday, 05 November 2010 12:00:00 +0000 We will provide multiple scenarios to illustrate how the new changes may affect small business owners. You'll also receive information on determining how the business and employees will be affected. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HEALTH CARE REFORM WORKSHOP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ~Event to explain how health care http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/94 Entrepreneurial Certification Program Produces Largest Graduate Class http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/94 Friday, 05 November 2010 12:00:00 +0000 MHC EDC Press Release. Thirty aspiring entrepreneurs in Martinsville-Henry County have graduated from the third annual FastTrac® NewVentureTM Program. ENTREPRENEURIAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM PRODUCES LARGEST GRADUATE CLASSMartinsville, VA (November 5, 2010)&nbsp; Thirty aspiring entrepreneurs in Martinsville-Henry County have grad http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/96 Gov. McDonnell Announces $5 Million in Grant Awards to Facilitate Job Creation in Rural Virginia http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/96 Friday, 05 November 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Martinsville-Henry County will receive funding to assist with site planning and improvements to help attract "mega projects". November 5, 2010Office of the GovernorContact: Stacey JohnsonPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: stacey.johnson@governor.virginia.govVirginia Economic Development Partn http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/91 The future of Commonwealth Crossing http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/91 Monday, 11 October 2010 12:00:00 +0000 The business park on U.S. 220 south at the NC line is situated near rail, is about 30 miles from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC, and is 40 miles from a FedEx hub. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Today, the undeveloped Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre property looks more like a forest than the area's future. But area officials see potential, and they can share that with prospects through conceptual d http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/89 SleepSafe moving to county http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/89 Monday, 27 September 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By FRANKLIN NEWS-POST REPORTS. SleepSafe Beds makes beds for people with special needs, and it recently added Assured Comfort Beds. It markets them throughout the United States and Canada. By FRANKLIN NEWS-POST REPORTS - SleepSafe Beds is moving to Henry County from Franklin County. The company's owners have signed a lease through December on a 110,000-square-foot vacant building off U.S. 220 north of Martinsville and will complete purch http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/90 SleepSafe Beds LLC is Moving to Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/90 Monday, 27 September 2010 12:00:00 +0000 SleepSafe Beds' move will result in a capital investment of more than $1 million and will bring 13 new jobs to Henry County. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5940mheath@yesmartinsville.comTim HallDeputy County AdministratorHenry County276.63 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/88 Drake expands with machinery, workers http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/88 Wednesday, 22 September 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Drake has increased its tax base by $3 million and hired more than 30 workers in the past nine months. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A local industry has expanded for the second time in nine months. Drake Extrusion, in the Martinsville Industrial Park, recently invested $1.25 million in new machinery, which resulted in the hiring of eight ne http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/87 Second Drake Expansion within a Year http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/87 Tuesday, 21 September 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Drake Extrusion's most recent capital investment was $1.25 million in new machinery for product line expansion and resulted in the hiring of eight new full-time employees, with a wage of $13 per hour. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Mark HeathPresident/CEOMartinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation276-403-5940mheath@yesmartinsville.comJohn Parkinson<br http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/86 Tile Shop to bring 25 jobs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/86 Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Tile Shop will make more than $2 million in capital investments and hire 25 employees at its new distribution center in the former Evans Warehouse in Axton. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Tile Shop will make more than $2 million in capital investments and hire 25 employees at its new distribution center in the former Evans Warehouse in Axton. Employees may be hired by the end of the year, but http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/85 Governor McDonnell Announces 25 New Jobs for Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/85 Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:00:00 +0000 RICHMOND- Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that The Tile Shop, a provider of the finest natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles and tiling materials, will invest $1.1 million in Henry County. Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 14, 2010Office of the GovernorContact: Stacey JohnsonPhone: (804) 225-4260Virginia Economic Development Partnershi http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/84 RTI puts local investment at $120 million http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/84 Tuesday, 31 August 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International Metals now projects its new Henry County plants will be the largest in the company's history - when they go into full production in 2012. By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International Metals now projects its new Henry County plants will be a $120 million investment - the largest in the company's history - when they go into full production in 2012, its vice chair, president and CE http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/83 A star is born? http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/83 Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:00:00 +0000 The MHC EDC's Tourism & Film Division has become a certified film office. It is one of only three in Virginia certified by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). By Bulletin Writers. &quot;Lights ... camera ... action!&quot; may be heard around the Henry County-Martinsville area now that the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.'s Tourism &amp; Film Division has become a certified film office. Th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/82 Kimball to open in county http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/82 Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Kimball "is interested in the work force", Summerlin said, noting that furniture upholstery is a "highly specialized field." By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. An Indiana-based company will make a $1 million capital investment and bring 67 upholstery jobs back to Henry County. &quot;It feels good to bring some&quot; furniture manufacturing jobs back to the area, said St http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/81 Kimball Hospitality, Inc. to open furniture manufacturing plant http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/81 Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Kimball Hospitality, Inc., a subsidiary of Kimball International, Inc. will invest $1 million to open a hospitality furniture manufacturing plant in Henry C &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Commonwealth of Virginia http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/80 New initiative highlights area's tourism potential http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/80 Sunday, 04 July 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Educating residents about those attractions is the goal of a series of quarterly tours built around the "Find Your Pace" slogan. A new tourism initiative is educating local residents about the area's attractions in order to draw out-of-town visitors. &quot;Whether going 100 miles per hour on the track or floating lazily down the Smith River,&quot; there is a local attraction to http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/79 Internet Marketing Workshop Scheduled for July 13th on Mobile Unit http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/79 Friday, 02 July 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Participants will utilize computers to add businesses to Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook and Virginia.org. Two sessions will be offered – 10AM to 12PM and 2:30PM. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lisa WilsonDirector of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial DivisionMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lwilson@yesmartinsville.com<stron http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/78 Governor McDonnell Announces Monogram Food Solutions Expansion in Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/78 Friday, 25 June 2010 12:00:00 +0000 RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Monogram Food Solutions, LLC will invest $4 million to expand its operation in Henry County, creating 150 new jobs. Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 25, 2010Office of the GovernorContact: Stacey JohnsonPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: Stacey.Johnson@Governor.Virginia.Gov</ http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/77 Exporting Seminar to be Offered http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/77 Friday, 11 June 2010 12:00:00 +0000 The EDC will offer an introduction to exporting seminar, "Expanding Your Business Through Exporting" on Thursday, June 24th from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leigh CockramVice PresidentMartinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation276.403.5940lcockram@yesmartinsville.com&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/108 SBA and EDC sign Strategic Alliance Memorandum http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/108 Tuesday, 25 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000 The purpose of the memorandum is for the agencies to partner in strengthening and expanding small business development in the local area. Release Date: May 25, 2010 Contact: Peggy FaJohn (804) 771-2400Email: margaret.fajohn@sba.govFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESBA and Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporationsign Strategic http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/74 Bike tour drawing visitors http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/74 Monday, 10 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By ELIZA WINSTON - Bulletin Staff Writer. Motorcyclists from throughout the state have been roaring into Martinsville for about a month, and a local tourism official is rolling out the welcome mat. By ELIZA WINSTON - Bulletin Staff Writer Motorcyclists from throughout the state have been roaring into Martinsville for about a month, and a local tourism official is rolling out the welcome mat.Martinsville is participating in a program called http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/73 Martinsville-Henry County Touts Economic Impact of Visitors During National Tourism Week http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/73 Friday, 07 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC's Tourism Division is touting the economic impact of visitors to the area as part of National Tourism Week, May 8-16. Tourism is one of Virginia's most powerful industries. For Immediate Release: May 7, 2010Local Contact Info: Jennifer Doss, 276-403-5949, jdoss@YesMartinsville.comVTC Media Contact:&nbsp; Tamra Talmadge-Anderson, 804-545-5573, <a href="mailto:tta http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/75 FastTrac Listening to Your Business Now Offered http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/75 Friday, 07 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. This free, hands-on workshop will assist entrepreneurs with developing and writing a three-year strategic plan. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Wilson&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Director of Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;& http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/72 250 jobs coming to city http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/72 Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Faneuil Inc. will hire at least 250 employees during the next three years for a call center it will open in August at The Clock Tower at Commonwealth Centre. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Faneuil Inc. will hire at least 250 employees during the next three years for a call center it will open in August at The Clock Tower at Commonwealth Centre in Martinsville, state and local officials announced Wed http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/71 Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Martinsville http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/71 Wednesday, 28 April 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Faneuil, Inc. will invest $2.4 million to establish a customer support center in Martinsville to service its Dominion Virginia Power contract. Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Bob McDonnell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 28, 2010Office of the GovernorContact: Stacey JohnsonPhone: (804) 225-4260E-mail: Sta http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/70 Monogram plant praised as McDonnell presents $2 million to company http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/70 Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:00:00 +0000 The skill and work ethic of its employees made the company's meat snacks plant in the Patriot Centre successful, Schledwitz said during a ceremony at which Gov. McDonnell gave them a $2 million check. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer Nobody makes beef jerky like people in Henry County and Martinsville, according to Monogram Snacks Chairman and CEO Karl Schledwitz.The skill and work ethic of its employees are what has made the company' http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/69 Program helps turn dreams into reality http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/69 Monday, 29 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Letter to Editor - from Lynn Pritchett. "Our region is very fortunate to have such wonderful leaders and organizations that facilitate and empower citizens who have lost jobs and need guidance." From VirginiaBusiness.comTo the Editor,The FastTrac class is designed to help participants create a business plan and to test the feasibility of that business before it is launched [&quot;Hope despite hard time,&quot; February issue]. I w http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/62 Area's new tourism director finds there's plenty to do here http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/62 Sunday, 28 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. EDC Tourism Director Jennifer Doss thinks Henry County and Martinsville have enough attractions to entice tourists to come here and stay a week or longer. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Jennifer Doss thinks Henry County and Martinsville have enough attractions to entice tourists to come here and stay a week or longer. Those attractions include historical sites, recreation opportunities, arts a http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/61 Effective Marketing Workshop Scheduled for April 13 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/61 Friday, 26 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 This event is free and will cover the basics in marketing, components of an effective marketing plan, where to obtain marketing research, and creative marketing techniques. Martinsville, VA (March 26) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division is hosting an Effective Marketing Workshop to help participants write a marketing plan for maximum results. Th http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/67 Despot brings the world of art to city of Martinsville http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/67 Friday, 26 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By Rick Houston, Special to NASCAR.COM. Owner of the de Spot Art Gallery in Martinsville, Va., Karen Despot offers regular art lessons to those in and around the Martinsville area. By Rick Houston, Special to NASCAR.COM. You may not be the next Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh or Sam Bass. You may not even be able to draw a stick figure, but that's OK. Karen Despot has your back. Owner of the de Spot Art Gallery in Martinsville, Va., http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/65 Peters gives back to race fans http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/65 Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By CHASE YOUNG - Bulletin Sports Writer. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. teamed with Martinsville Speedway to give tickets to local fans. By CHASE YOUNG - Bulletin Sports Writer. The long road into NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series offered Timothy Peters, the man behind the wheel of Red Horse Racing's No. 17 Toyota, a unique opportunity on Tuesday: A chance to give something back to the f http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/64 Showcase Dubbed Big Success http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/64 Sunday, 21 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By JOHNNY BUCK - Bulletin Sports Editor. The Smith River College Showcase featured six men's college soccer teams on Saturday at the Smith River Sports Complex, drawing roughly 1,500 total spectators. By JOHNNY BUCK - Bulletin Sports Editor. A brand new complex, a beautiful spring day and some live college soccer - it turned out to be a recipe for success. The Smith River College Showcase featured six men's college soccer teams on Saturday at the Sm http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/66 Multi-million dollar investment unveiled at CPFilms http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/66 Wednesday, 17 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The company, a subsidiary of Solutia Inc., unveiled a new laminating machine, known simply as Machine 35, at its Fieldale plant, according to Joe Stultz, plant By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. CPFilms Inc., which makes everything from cake plates to parts for Kindles, on Tuesday commissioned a new machine that it expects will translate into more business. The company, a subsidiary of Solutia Inc., unve http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/68 All Welcome at Smith River Sports Complex http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/68 Sunday, 14 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Jimmy McGarry issued a standing invitation to everyone considering a visit to the Smith River Sports Complex. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Jimmy McGarry issued a standing invitation to everyone considering a visit to the Smith River Sports Complex. &quot;Come. Just come here,&quot; he said during a recent visit there. &quot;Everyone who has come her http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/60 Business Plan in 60 Minutes Scheduled for the Area http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/60 Friday, 12 March 2010 12:00:00 +0000 This workshop will focus on how to write or improve an existing business plan, why it is so important to have a business plan, and resources available after completion of the business plan. Martinsville, VA (March 12, 2010) - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop that will provide assistance on how to write or perfect business plans. The free work http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/9 'Extreme Makeover' puts Nationwide in spotlight http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/9 Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:00:00 +0000 By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Staff Writer. Martinsville's Nationwide Custom Homes plant will build the first modular home to be featured on the ABC show. Feb 11, 2010By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Staff Writer. How does a company build an entire house for free in nine days, with six weeks notice? The answer will be revealed in May or June on the season finale of the television show Extre http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/13 Cash Flow Workshop Scheduled for the Area http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/13 Saturday, 06 February 2010 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. This free workshop will provide guidance on how to manage cash flow. It is scheduled for February 18, at Hugo’s in Uptown Martinsville from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Martinsville, VA (February 6, 2010) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Small, Minority &amp; Entrepreneurial Division is hosting a workshop that will provide guidance on how to manage cash fl http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/63 Paula M. Burnette: Session was impressive http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/63 Friday, 29 January 2010 12:00:00 +0000 Bulletin Letter to Editor. Paula Burnette says she "won't hesitate a second to follow through. Keep your eyes open for these free offerings from people who know our community." Bulletin Letter to Editor. On Jan. 20, there had been an ad in the paper for a workshop on Jan. 22 sponsored by the Small, Minority, and Entrepreneurial Division of the Economic Development Corp. (EDC). Lisa Wilson, the director, was the host. I think I s http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/14 Drake Expands in Martinsville-Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/14 Thursday, 07 January 2010 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Drake Extrusion's expansion will create at least 25 new jobs and include an additional capital investment of $1.25 million. Martinsville, VA (January 7, 2010) &ndash; The Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation are pleased to announce that Drake Extrusion is expanding their product line in Martins http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/59 Tourism director is named http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/59 Tuesday, 22 December 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has named Jennifer Doss its next director of tourism. By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has named Jennifer Doss its next director of tourism. Doss, 27, has been Rivers and Trails project manager for the Dan River Basin Association http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/15 Announcement of New Director of Tourism and Visitor Center Associate http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/15 Monday, 21 December 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Doss as Director of Tourism and Melissa Craig as Visitor Center Associate. Martinsville, VA (December 21, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Doss as Director of Tourism, as well as the hiring of Melissa Craig as the new Vi http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/16 FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program Graduates Second Class http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/16 Tuesday, 17 November 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Seventeen aspiring entrepreneurs have graduated from the second FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program offered through the EDC. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Fultz Director of Small and Minority Business Development Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276.403.5940 lfultz@yesmartinsville.com PROGR http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/17 Annual Enterprise Zone Workshop Scheduled for the Area http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/17 Friday, 30 October 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Significant changes at the state level make this important for those who have attended a previous session. Martinsville, VA (October 30, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Small and Minority Business Development Division is hosting its annual state and local enterprise zone workshop on Novem http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/10 Growth in jobs charted http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/10 Wednesday, 14 October 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. New and expanding businesses during the past five years have created almost 2,400 jobs and invested nearly $204 million in their facilities. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. New and expanding businesses in Henry County and Martinsville during the past five years have created almost 2,400 jobs and invested nearly $204 million in their facilities, the Martinsville City Council learne http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/11 Stanley adds crib lines here http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/11 Wednesday, 30 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The first cribs in the Stanley Furniture Co. Young America line to be made in Stanleytown were produced this week. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The first cribs in the Stanley Furniture Co. Young America line to be made in Stanleytown were produced this week. &ldquo;This is phase one of the production,&rdquo; Steve Bullock, executive vice pres http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/35 Sports complex kickoff slated http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/35 Monday, 21 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The grand opening of the $8.7 million Smith River Sports Complex is the end of its building phase and beginning of its role as an economic development engine. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Sunday&rsquo;s official grand opening of the $8.7 million Smith River Sports Complex is the end of its building phase and the beginning of its role as an economic development engine. The free event wi http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/30 Big chair is at home http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/30 Sunday, 20 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A big chair that traveled all around the country now is at home in uptown Martinsville, where it symbolizes the area’s past, present and future. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A big chair that traveled all around the country now is at home in uptown Martinsville, where it symbolizes the area&rsquo;s past, present and future. Bassett Furniture Industries President and CEO Ro http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/31 Chair to be dedicated at 4 today in uptown http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/31 Friday, 18 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 “It is our hope these events will be the kick-off to future activities that will generate foot traffic and stimulate economic development� uptown, Debbie Robinson said in the EDC release. By BULLETIN Staff. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. today to celebrate the big chair&rsquo;s move to uptown Martinsville. The chair will leave Bassett at 8:30 this morning, transported by Bassett Furniture, ac http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/1 Big Chair's move uptown Friday part of larger effort http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/1 Tuesday, 15 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A big chair soon to be located in uptown Martinsville will be the centerpiece of a grander plan aimed at redevelopment and showcasing the area's unique assets. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A big chair soon to be located in uptown Martinsville will be the centerpiece of a grander plan aimed at redevelopment and showcasing the area's unique assets.The chair, built of layers of solid ash and pr http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/32 Stanley adds production here http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/32 Monday, 14 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. Stanley Furniture Co. announced today that it will make all its Young America products in this country and is adding 99 employees in Stanleytown. By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. Stanley Furniture Co. announced today that it will make all its Young America products in this country, and it is adding 99 employees in Stanleytown to accomplish that. Stanley has added 39 full-time e http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/33 Shell building dedicated http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/33 Tuesday, 01 September 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. EDC, county and city officials are optimistic the building, capable of being expanded to more than 195,000 square feet, will attract a buyer soon. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. The new shell building in the Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek industrial park shows Henry County and Martinsville take economic development seriously, according to county Board of Supervisors Chairman Debra Buch http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/18 Deep Roots Music to be Presented at Historic Spencer-Penn Centre http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/18 Tuesday, 25 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC Tourism Division in collaboration with The Spencer-Penn Centre is bringing an outstanding bluegrass and old time music program to the region on August 28, 2009. Martinsville, VA (August 25, 2009) - The Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Office of Tourism in collaboration with The Spencer-Penn Centre is bringing an outstanding bluegrass and old time music program to the region on Au http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/19 EDC Launches Redesigned Tourism Website http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/19 Monday, 24 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The VisitMartinsville.com website contains information pertinent to those interested in visiting Martinsville-Henry County. Martinsville, VA (August 24, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (M-HCEDC) has completed a redesign of its tourism website www.VisitMartinsville.com. The website, launched last week, http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/34 Visitors praise sports complex http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/34 Monday, 24 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 The Harvest Foundation threw a party Sunday, treating more than 3,000 visitors to a celebration of the grand opening of the Smith River Sports Complex. By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. Among area residents&rsquo; reactions to the Smith River Sports Complex at Sunday&rsquo;s grand opening were: Henry County Supervisor Paula Burnette: &ldquo;The real birthing (of the complex) is having http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/20 Program to help entrepreneurs succeed http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/20 Friday, 21 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. FastTrac®, a series of workshops and programs aimed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills they need to create, manage and grow successful businesses. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Fultz Director, Small and Minority Business Division Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276.403.5940 lfultz@yesmartinsville.com PR http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/36 120 jobs being created http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/36 Friday, 14 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer. A local meat snacks plant will double production and add 120 jobs as it becomes part of a Tennessee company called Monogram Food Solutions. By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer. A local meat snacks plant will double production and add 120 jobs as it becomes part of a Tennessee company called Monogram Food Solutions, officials announced Thursday. Monogram, based in Memphis, ma http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/37 State, local incentives may reach $963,000 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/37 Friday, 14 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By BULLETIN STAFF. Ches Jackson, president of Monogram’s meat snacks division, praised Heath and other EDC officials, saying the group was “a first-class organization from day one. By BULLETIN STAFF. Monogram Food Solutions could receive up to $963,148 in incentives for coming to Henry County, said Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC). Monogram announced Thurs http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/21 Monogram Food Solutions Purchase of Martinsville's American Foods Group http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/21 Thursday, 13 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 MEMPHIS, TN. (August 13, 2009) – All employees of the Martinsville facility will be retained and they plan to hire up to an additional 120 employees. &nbsp; COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA Office of the Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Governor FOR IMMEDIATE R http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/22 Robinson Resigns from Tourism Position http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/22 Wednesday, 12 August 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release – The Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation has announced the resignation of Deborah Robinson, Director of Tourism. Martinsville, VA (August 12, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation has announced the resignation of Deborah Robinson, Director of Tourism. Robinson&rsquo;s resignation will be effective September http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/38 Chair workshops will begin Aug. 15 at Artisan Center http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/38 Thursday, 30 July 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By BULLETIN STAFF. People of all ages can bring home their own piece of Martinsville-Henry County’s furniture heritage at “Build-A-Chair� workshops planned for August and September. By BULLETIN STAFF. People of all ages can bring home their own piece of Martinsville-Henry County&rsquo;s furniture heritage at &ldquo;Build-A-Chair&rdquo; workshops planned for August and September. The first workshop will be 9 a.m. to 3 p http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/39 Cooking up dreams at the Spencer-Penn Centre http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/39 Sunday, 26 July 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Accent Editor. A day-long seminar for people interested in starting a food-based business was held at Spencer-Penn Centre. By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Accent Editor. One could expect to be fed well at a day-long seminar for people interested in starting a food-based business. Wednesday at Spencer-Penn Centre, the tables in back were laden with muffins, bagels, http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/40 Second press section delivered to RTI http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/40 Sunday, 19 July 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Two of three sections of a massive forging press now are on site at the RTI International Metals site in Henry County. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Two sections of a massive forging press now are on site at the RTI International Metals site in Henry County, with the third and final section scheduled to arrive later this week. When the second sect http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/41 Load arrives at RTI site http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/41 Friday, 17 July 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International’s forging press is arriving in Henry County in sections, attracting onlookers who want to see the massive equipment and its hauler. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International&rsquo;s forging press is arriving in Henry County in sections, attracting onlookers who want to see the massive equipment and the hauler that is delivering it. The equipment was impo http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/42 RTI press set to hit the road http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/42 Sunday, 12 July 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A massive piece of equipment bound for RTI International Metals in Henry County solidifies the company’s commitment to the local operation. By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer. A massive piece of equipment bound for RTI International Metals in Henry County solidifies the company&rsquo;s commitment to the local operation, but it may create traffic delays en route. &ldquo;This http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/23 Increasing Sales Seminar Scheduled for July 23, 2009 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/23 Friday, 10 July 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC's Office of Small & Minority Business Development is hosting an Increasing Sales Seminar on July 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the New College Institute. Martinsville, VA (July 10, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Office of Small and Minority Business Development is hosting an Increasing Sales Seminar on Thursday, July 23, 2009, beginn http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/43 Teenage fiddle player plans 'something different' for show http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/43 Tuesday, 23 June 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By KIM BARTO - Bulletin Staff Writer. 16 year old Montana Young plans to reveal some additions to her repertoire of bluegrass fiddling at Saturday night's concert. By KIM BARTO - Bulletin Staff Writer. After years of wowing crowds and winning contests with her bluegrass fiddle skills, Montana Young is ready to mix things up. Playing traditional bluegrass put the Patrick County musician on the map befo http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/44 Industrial park plans unveiled http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/44 Friday, 29 May 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Two new planned business parks will accommodate companies of various sizes. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Two new business parks planned in Henry County should be able to meet the site needs of 90 percent of prospective industries, a local economic developer said Thursday when master plans for the parks were releas http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/24 Deep Roots Music Event http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/24 Friday, 15 May 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC's Tourism Department is partnering with The Martinsville Lions Club to bring Deep Roots music to the area on Saturday, June 27, 2009. EDC Press Release. The Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Department of Tourism is partnering with The Martinsville Lions Club to bring Deep Roots music to Martinsville High School on Saturday, June 27, 2009. <br / http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/45 Annual business awards given http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/45 Wednesday, 13 May 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell credited others for his success upon receiving the Chamber's Business Person of the Year award. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell credited others for his success upon receiving the Business Person of the Year award from the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/46 Furniture jobs moving here http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/46 Wednesday, 29 April 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. More than 100 jobs are coming to Henry County and Martinsville as a local furniture manufacturer consolidates with its sister company. By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer. More than 100 jobs are coming to Henry County and Martinsville as a local furniture manufacturer consolidates with its sister company. County and Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/25 American of Martinsville to Consolidate with Barcalounger Home http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/25 Tuesday, 28 April 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. This agreement will result in 94 new full time jobs with an average wage of $12.29/hour. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Heath President/CEO Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation 276-403-5940 mheath@yesmartinsville.com Tim Hall Deputy County Administrator Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/26 Blue Ridge PBS brings back “On the Road� with new look, stories http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/26 Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:00:00 +0000 Blue Ridge PBS Press Release. Blue Ridge PBS is bringing back “On the Road� this spring, reviving this award-winning, viewer favorite with a new look and fresh local stories. For Immediate Release April 23, 2009 Contact: Stephen Grieco, Foundation and Marketing Director sgrieco@blueridgepbs.org 540.344.0991 ext 1781 888.332.7788 Blue Ridge PBS brings back &ldquo;On the R http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/47 Federal Procurement Conference Scheduled for April 22nd http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/47 Friday, 17 April 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. The EDC's Office of Small and Minority Business Development is hosting its third Annual Federal Procurement Conference on Wednesday, April 22nd. Martinsville, VA (April 17, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Office of Small and Minority Business Development is hosting its third Annual Federal Procurement Conference on Wednesday, http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/27 Hopkins Lumber Expands to Martinsville-Henry County http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/27 Wednesday, 15 April 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Hopkins Lumber Contractors, Inc. will expand into Martinsville-Henry County, creating at least 10 new full time jobs. Martinsville, VA (April 15, 2009) &ndash; The Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, are pleased to announce that Hopkins Lumber Contractors, Inc. will expand into Martinsv http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/48 A Longtime Racing Town Shifts Its Focus http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/48 Tuesday, 31 March 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By KATIE THOMAS - NY Times. Motorsports is now just one of several niche industries that the EDC hopes to promote. By KATIE THOMAS - NY Times &mdash; After he won at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson, the three-time defending Nascar champion, received a trophy symbolizing both the heritage and the heartache of Martinsville: a grandfather clock. http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/49 Speedway revs up Martinsville's dollars http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/49 Wednesday, 25 March 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By DUSTIN LONG & MICHAEL SLUSS - Roanoke Times. Get through the numbers, formulas and prose and you get the point of the report: Racing is good. Good for cities, states, jobs and tourism. By DUSTIN LONG &amp; MICHAEL SLUSS - Roanoke Times. Get through the numbers, formulas and prose and you get the point of the report: Racing is good. Good for cities, states, jobs and tourism. That's the message the parent company of three N http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/50 Speedway impact: $170 million http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/50 Wednesday, 25 March 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By JOHNNY BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer. An economic study has shown that the Martinsville Speedway is helping to drive the area’s economy to the tune of more than $170 million each year. By JOHNNY BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer. An economic study has shown that the Martinsville Speedway is helping to drive the area&rsquo;s economy to the tune of more than $170 million each year. Conducted by the Washington Economics Group (WE http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/51 RTI: Building on track http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/51 Sunday, 22 March 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. The $100 million, 150-job titanium plant remains on schedule to be operating in late 2010 or early 2011, Vandegrift said. By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International Metals has a message for Henry County and Martinsville: The company still is coming. That was the message of Richard Vandegrift, vice president-capital projects for RTI. He spoke Frid http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/52 Big chair attraction planned http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/52 Friday, 20 March 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By Bulletin STAFF. The EDC unveiled plans Thursday to turn part of the Broad Street parking lot into a park centered around a 25-foot-tall monument to the area’s furniture heritage. By Bulletin STAFF. Economic development leaders are hoping a big chair will draw big crowds to uptown Martinsville. The head of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) unveiled plans Thursday to turn part of the Broad http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/53 'Furniture cluster' plans detailed http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/53 Monday, 23 February 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By KIM BARTO - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has announced new developments in plans for a “furniture cluster� uptown. By KIM BARTO - Bulletin Staff Writer. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has announced new developments in plans for a &ldquo;furniture cluster&rdquo; uptown. &ldquo;We are very proud to announce that the old Glo http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/54 Sewing returns to uptown in effort to revive industry http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/54 Sunday, 22 February 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of sewing machines back in uptown Martinsville. By GINNY WRAY- Bulletin Staff Writer. Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of sewing machines back in uptown Martinsville. Some people have stopped at the storefront at 25 Fayette St., drawn by the once-familiar sights and sounds of a http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/28 Communicating With Your Customers Workshop Scheduled for February 26 http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/28 Friday, 20 February 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Participants will also be able to network and will be engaged in activities to help them build marketing strategies. Martinsville, VA (February 20, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Office of Small and Minority Business Development is hosting its next Small Business Focus Group Meeting on Thursday, F http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/55 RTI's Patriot Centre plant on schedule http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/55 Thursday, 19 February 2009 12:00:00 +0000 By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International Metals’ plant in the Patriot Centre industrial park remains on schedule to be operating in late 2010 or early 2011. By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer. RTI International Metals&rsquo; plant in the Patriot Centre industrial park remains on schedule to be operating in the second half of 2010 or early part of 2011, a company official said recently. Dawne http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/56 Quarterly Procurement Idea Exchange Scheduled for January 22nd http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/56 Thursday, 15 January 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Topics of discussion will include: how and what agencies purchase, how to respond to requests for proposals and quotes, and how to navigate procurement websites. Martinsville, VA (January 15, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Office of Small and Minority Business Development is hosting a Quarterly Procurement Idea Exchange on Thursday, January http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/29 Cash Flow Workshop Scheduled for the Area http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/29 Friday, 09 January 2009 12:00:00 +0000 EDC Press Release. Workshop to provide hands-on help with cash flow scheduled for Jan. 14 at NCI. Martinsville, VA (January 9, 2009) &ndash; The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s Office of Small and Minority Business is hosting a workshop that will provide attendees hands-on exercises to assist them http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/7 Koger Works Here http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/7 Tuesday, 01 May 2007 12:00:00 +0000 Koger Air was featured in a May PR Campaign that serves to show appreciation to the company for the contribution it makes to Martinsville-Henry County. For more than 50 years, Koger Air has called Martinsville-Henry County home.&nbsp; A manufacturer of industrial material and handling equipment, the company originally designed dust collection systems for the local furniture industry.&nbsp; Today, the http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/8 Accretive Commerce Works Here http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/8 Thursday, 01 March 2007 12:00:00 +0000 Accretive Commerce was featured in a February PR Campaign that serves to show appreciation to the company for the contribution it makes to Martinsville-Henry County. Accretive Commerce calls Martinsville-Henry County home.&nbsp; In fact, the company has a distribution center and customer care center here.&nbsp; Accretive Commerce provides highly integrated customer care and fulfillment services for some of the larg http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/12 Polymer and Plastics Processing Campaign http://www.yesmartinsville.com/news/details/ID/12 Wednesday, 07 February 2007 12:00:00 +0000 "Around here, we talk about thermoplastics, polymer blends and thermosets (and that's before breakfast)." This is Martinsville-Henry County's message to prospective polymer and plastics processors. We know plastics. Martinsville-Henry County is home to the world&rsquo;s largest manufacturer of window film and a world leader of Expanded Polystyrene Foam products. And the Advanced and Applied Polymer Processing Institute, a national research and en