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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.

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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.

 

 

Contractor named for Shell Building project in New London Business & Technology Center

40,000 square foot shell building on Lot 7 will be complete in 2019

Bedford, Virginia—The Bedford County Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce that Price Buildings, Inc. of Rocky Mount, VA has been awarded the contract to construct the 40,000 square foot shell building in the New London Business & Technology Center park beginning in Spring 2019.

The project was made possible through a $1.3 million Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) grant and matching funds from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and the Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA).

“Our goal is to attract a new advanced manufacturing or light industrial company to Bedford County”, said Mickey Johnson, Chairman of the EDA. “We’re grateful to partner with the Tobacco Commission to build this shell building that will be fully finished on the outside, but will allow a company to customize the inside to meet its needs. This process will shorten the lead-time for a company to be up and running and bring new jobs and investment to the region.”

The Office of Economic Development will work with state and regional economic developers to market the facility which is projected to be completed by the close of 2019.

The New London Business & Technology Center is a 500-acre development owned by the EDA at Meade Road and U.S. 460 in Forest. The park is home to Simplimatic Automation, NanoTouch, Commander’s Commissioning and others. It is also the site for Liberty University’s 28-acre Tech park campus which includes the Center for Engineering Research & Education that LU acquired in 2017.

Master Engineers and Designers provided engineering and building design services for this project. Four construction bids were submitted.