Success Stories

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in US

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®.

Sentara logoThe INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Share, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability. Read more.

Grand Springs expansion adds 20 positions

Grand Springs President and CEO, Robert SmithGrand Springs expanded its bottled water facility in Alton to accommodate the packing requirements of a new customer, and added 20 employees as a result.

According to Grand Springs President and CEO Robert A. Smith, the Alkaline Water Company Inc. DBA Alkaline 88 and Grand Springs entered into a co-packing agreement that expands Alkaline 88’s footprint across the North Eastern United States. Read more.

Distillery shows owner’s whiskey making legacy

James GordonJames Gordon, the owner of Springfield Distillery, comes by his interest in whiskey naturally. “I grew up with memories of my father moonshining,” says Gordon, who opened his Halifax County distillery in August 2016. “My father is one of the first two private individuals in South Africa to get his license for distilling liquor. I get to tap into 25 years of distillery experience.”

Springfield Distillery is expected to create five jobs and get all of its corn and barley from Virginia farmers. Read more.

TMI AutoTech

TMI AutoTechSince landing in Halifax, VA in 2008 it has grown from three people with plans to produce 20 cars (1 model) a year, to 22 people making 70 cars (2 models) a year.

Outgrowing their original 20,000SF facility, TMI has also added machining of precision engineered components for other OEMs, and a composites molding line as part of their move to a larger 60,000SF space in Halifax County. Read more.

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C-CARE testing facility at ChemQuest Technology Institute

The state-of-the-art application testing facility expands The ChemQuest Group service offering


ChemQuestThe ChemQuest Group, Inc., a leading business strategy firm in specialty chemicals, and The Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County, Virginia, announce an agreement on terms to incorporate C-CARE (National Center for Coatings, Application, Research, & Education), South Boston, VA into the newly formed ChemQuest Technology Institute.

The state-of-the-art facility was designed to provide coatings suppliers the ability to test their products in a controlled environment that replicates a range of production conditions. The applications laboratory incorporates a wide selection of technologies, including 6-axis robotics, electrostatic and wet spray, flat and hang lines, IR, UV and convection curing. Also included is an automobile sized cross-ventilated spray booth suitable for robotic or manual equipment.

ChemQuest envisions these capabilities will strengthen the Technology and Development pillar of their value chain services. As part of the agreement, The ChemQuest Group, Inc., through The ChemQuest Technology Institute, will be adding formulary and analytical laboratories and expanding services to support specialty chemicals clientele in paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, plastics, inks, personal care, HI&I and more.

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Enterprise Zone Payments Made; Other Programs Expanded

March 4, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax IDA: Enterprise Zone Payments Made; Other Programs Expanded

The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has distributed $112,446 in Halifax County Enterprise Zone grants to nine different business and industries for their capital investments made.

Enterprise Zones are allowed in select communities by the Commonwealth of Virginia. They allow localities to offer grant-backs of a portion of the increased tax revenue a County receives when businesses and industries invest more in the community. The IDA administers the program for the County because of its strong ties to the County’s industries.

“We’re pleased with this year’s results,” says Matt Leonard, the IDA’s Executive Director. “Through our work to expand the zone in 2014, we have been able to extend Enterprise Zone benefits to some who were not previously eligible, Huber, for example.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Slick Rock Lumber in Halifax County

March 9, 2016

For Immediate Release

Slick Rock Lumber to Create Thirteen Jobs, Purchase $5 Million in Virginia Forest Products

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Slick Rock Lumber will open a new sawmill operation in Halifax County.  The company will create thirteen new jobs in the county and source seventy-five percent of its timber needs from Virginia land owners.  This is the first economic development announcement in Halifax County during the McAuliffe administration and the first AFID facility grant announcement for the county.  

Speaking at the announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Virginia’s forestry industry supports thousands of good jobs in our rural communities and provides important market opportunities for the Commonwealth’s private forestland owners.  Partnering with a company like Slick Rock Lumber is a great way my administration can support Virginia’s forest products sector, one of Virginia’s top private industries.  Slick Rock’s new facility will bring welcomed employment opportunities and economic vitality to the region, further helping with my administration’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

Slick Rock Lumber will invest $535,000 in site improvements and equipment needed to open the new hard- and softwood sawmill. The company’s primary products will be railroad ties and large planks to be made into mats for use by utility, construction, and logging companies.  Slick Rock is also committing to purchase more than $5 million of Virginia timber over the next three years, or 75 percent of the forestry inputs needed for the new production venture.

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