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Belvac to expand operations into Bedford County

Company will invest more than $3 million and add up to 50 new jobs

Bedford, Virginia – The Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is pleased to announce that Belvac, a worldwide leader in can forming and printing technologies for the two-piece can industry, will invest more than $3 million and add up to 50 new jobs in Bedford County over the next five years. The company is headquartered in Lynchburg and is expanding production due to increased global customer demand for beverage can making equipment, prompting the immediate need for this expansion. Belvac will lease the newly built shell building located at 1450 Meade Road, in Forest, which is on a 9-acre lot owned by the EDA in the New London Business and Technology Center.

“We are very pleased with the efforts, cooperation, and the speed of the Bedford County EDA to help push this project forward in a timely manner,” said Belvac’s Executive Vice President, David Mammolenti. “The New London Business and Technology Center’s location and convenience will help attract a highly skilled workforce which will help us expand our capacity to meet the growing demand from our customers.”

The EDA built the 40,000 square-foot shell building in 2020, in partnership with the County Board of Supervisors and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC).  The EDA will work with Belvac to provide standard tenant improvements for the buildout such as interior walls, flooring, and utilities, while Belvac will invest in specific facility additions that support the company’s production needs, including advanced crane system technology and production equipment.

“We are delighted to welcome Belvac as they grow and expand the region’s robust automated machinery manufacturing industry,” said EDA Chairman, Jim Messier. “This corporate decision demonstrates that our long-term goals in support of an advanced manufacturing labor force is paying off.”

The New London shell building was completed in 2020 for the purpose of attracting a new manufacturer to Bedford County. The EDA contracted with Price Building Inc. of Rocky Mount for construction, and Master Engineers & Designers with help from Architectural Partners for design and engineering.

Belvac will contract with Coleman-Adams Construction on the buildout of the facility. The company plans to start the interior construction on the site later this month and be in operation by mid-summer 2021.

Belvac plans to hire assembly and quality technicians, as well as warehouse personnel positions, among other positions, once buildout is complete. A list of current open Belvac positions in the Lynchburg region are posted here.


About Belvac:

Belvac was founded in 1962 (as Belgium Tool & Die Company) in Lynchburg, Virginia by Al Stroobants. Belvac has been a part of Dover Corporation (DOV-NYSE) since 1993.  For over fifty years, Belvac has turned innovative ideas into world class machinery, serving both the can making and plastics industry. 

Learn more at Belvac.com.



County Administrator’s COVID-19 local response

For immediate release from Bedford County Administrator Robert Hiss:
March 18, 2020

Bedford County Coronavirus State of Emergency

This week, representatives of Bedford County government participated in more internal meetings in reaction to and planning for the unfolding coronavirus pandemic.  Due to the National and State emergencies, as well as the Governor’s declaration to limit gatherings to 10 people or less, Bedford County has officially issued a State of Emergency and declaration of a local disaster.  This resolution formally states the intention of the Board of Supervisors and local government to address all appropriate actions to lessen the impact on the community and citizens.  This action may also provide the opportunity to seek as yet unstated services and benefits from both the state and federal government should such be available.

A goal of the county government is to ensure a continued and efficient provision of services to its’ citizens. However, to ensure both the health of citizens and our employees, it is highly encouraged that citizens use other means to conduct government business rather than face to face interaction.  The county is implementing a minimal staffing policy, so very few employees will be present at their respective offices, as significant work will occur from home.

Payment of taxes, fees, and bills may be accomplished through online access, via U.S. mail, or by use of the secure “drop box” located at the front of the County Administration Building. Other services (such as applications for various permits, licenses, and legal forms) may be fulfilled by use of telephone, e-mail communication or can be found on the County website.  Please call the appropriate office and their staff can direct you to the proper online resource.  For those who need to work with our Community Development Office, you can visit our new online permitting system thru the Citizen Self Service Portal to submit various required forms and make payment.

Although going outside to get fresh air and enjoying the springtime weather is beneficial, there appears to be a myth that if you are outside, you are safe from the virus.  If you are outside and if you are interacting with many people at once, then you are endangering yourself and those who are in contact with you.  We urge citizens to comply the President’s and Governor’s declaration of 10 people or less congregating in one space.  We will continue to monitor use, but if necessary, Bedford County will take actions to restrict access to public park facilities for public health purposes.

For local government updates and information regarding the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the Bedford County website here: https://www.bedfordcountyva.gov/about-bedford/covid-19

Citizens are also encouraged to visit the links below for the most current information. Additionally, you are encouraged to seek official sources of information and avoid non-official sources such as those often posted on social media.