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Sabra Expanding And Opening R&D Facility In Chesterfield County

Sabra Dipping Company Will Open A Global “Center Of Excellence” And R&D Facility In Chesterfield County

Sabra Will Also Expand Existing Virginia Manufacturing Facility To Significantly Increase Capacity

Sabra Dipping Company announced two major initiatives to further its growth and leadership in the dips and spreads category today. The company will construct a “Center of Excellence” research and development facility in Virginia to establish best practices on all aspects of culinary, food science, production, engineering, packaging, supply chain and product delivery. The Center of Excellence will also lead groundbreaking agricultural initiatives with local universities, including research on chickpeas, fruits and vegetables, to increase the use of local resources. The facility will feature a state of the art culinary center, ideation space, a pilot plant, offices, and research centers. Sabra also announced an expansion of its existing production facility in Virginia. These and associated investments will total $28 million dollars and create an estimated 90 new jobs over the next few years.

Construction on the 20,000 square-foot Center of Excellence will begin in the second quarter of 2012. The facility will be set on the same campus as the Company’s Silver LEED certified food manufacturing plant, which produces Sabra dips and spreads including the country’s best-selling hummus. Sabra is located on 49 acres in the Ruffin Mill Industrial Park in Chesterfield County, VA.

“The Sabra Center of Excellence will be home to experts in all areas of food technology, agriculture, nutrition, manufacturing and distribution and is the next important step in the outstanding growth of our company,” said Ronen Zohar CEO of Sabra. “The fact that we are building it in Virginia is a testament to our belief in the people, the community and the resources available here. This research and development center will push the envelope and enable us continue to expand and define the possibilities in the dips and spreads category in terms of innovation, taste, health and beyond.”

Sabra also announced that the company would immediately begin a significant expansion of its hummus production capacity. The expansion will enable the addition of two new lines, a packaging automation system, water waste systems and related plant improvements. The factory expansion will increase the Chesterfield plant’s production capacity by 50 percent and is in response to the continued increased demand for Sabra hummus.

Dan Gecker, chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors said, “Chesterfield is proud to have Sabra Dipping Company as one of our leading corporate citizens. This increased investment and growth will result in new and exciting high quality products and, most especially, jobs. Thank you Sabra for your confidence in and commitment to Chesterfield County.”

“We thank Sabra for their continuing investment. The food industry is one of our economic development targets and this high profile announcement further solidifies Chesterfield’s presence in the market. It is satisfying to see that, even in these tight economic times, manufacturing continues to grow in Chesterfield County,” said County Administrator Jay Stegmaier.

Sabra is known for its lines of authentic, flavorful and healthy dips and spreads. Sabra currently holds 56% of the hummus category in the US, as hummus gains popularity as a versatile dip and spread.

Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is a leader in the refrigerated dips and spreads category and producer of America’s top-selling hummus. Sabra’s award-winning hummus, available in more than a dozen flavors and a wide range of authentic, healthy and vegetable based dips and spreads can be found nationwide in club stores, supermarkets, specialty retailers and through food service. Sabra operates a Silver LEED certified factory in Virginia, and in 2011 received an A-Classification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit board for food safety for its California plant. Visit Sabra at, on Twitter at and on Facebook at

Sabra Dipping Company was formed as a U.S./Canadian joint venture between Strauss Group and PepsiCo. The Sabra joint venture draws on both Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, and Strauss Group’s expertise to continue building this growing business.

About Strauss Group
Strauss Group (TASE: STRS), Israel’s second-largest food & beverage company, is an international corporation which comprised of five core business units: Strauss Israel (the second largest food and beverage company in Israel), Strauss Coffee, Strauss Water, Strauss-PepsiCo fresh dips and spreads, and chocolate chain Max Brenner.

Strauss Group has established strategic partnerships with leading multinationals companies including: PepsiCo and Frito-Lay, Danone, Haier, Virgin and TPG Capital.
The company operates in 18 countries and employs 14,000 people globally. In 2011, had a net revenue of $2.2 billion in turnover with 48.8% generated by international activities. For more information, please visit

Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, N.Y. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site,, the Snack Chat blog, and on Twitter at

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit

In addition to Chesterfield County Economic Development; the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and the Greater Richmond Partnership will assist Sabra with the expansion process. Governor McDonnell approved a $250,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Chesterfield County with the project.

Contact: Ilya Welfeld, Public Relations, Sabra Dipping Company (201) 439-1010
Will Davis, Director, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550


Chesterfield County Announces 2012 First Choice Business Award Winners

In partnership with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and the Chesterfield Business Council, Chesterfield County honors local companies annually that contribute to the county’s economy and its residents through the First Choice Business Awards. The award winners will be recognized at an event on June 20th at Henricus Historical Park. The Board of Supervisors will formally recognize all winners at their July 25, 2012 meeting.

The following are the 2012 First Choice Business Award Winners: Environmental Stewardship Award – Hevener’s Tire and Automotive, Community Impact Award – Chesterfield Towne Center, Innovation Impact Award – Proseal America Incorporated and the 2012 First Choice Business of the Year was awarded to Richmond Alarm Company. This award is designed to recognize a Chesterfield County business, which has been a leader in terms of overall impact to the County.

The winners were chosen by a selection committee, which consists of business leaders and other business owners for their community and business knowledge. The intent is to give recognition to businesses that consistently contribute to the local economy through employment, community service, or create and deliver products or services that are innovative to its customers. Other criteria include that a business be a leader in valuing its employees, and to uphold the principles and standards of ethical business practices.

“The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors certainly recognizes the importance of maintaining and growing our existing businesses. It is our privilege and pleasure to recognize their contributions to the County,” said Dan Gecker, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

For more information on this year’s Celebrate Chesterfield Business! Contact Tina Shreve at (804) 318-8550, or email at


Into the Water – Teaching swimmers at the Richmond Aquatics Partnership

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Cranemasters Expands into Chesterfield

Cranemasters has purchased a new facility in the Chesterfield Airport Industrial Park in Chesterfield. The railroad services contractor currently is headquartered in Henrico County and has two satellite offices in Indianapolis and Maryland. The airpark location will employ up to 12 in the first phase, with an initial investment of $1.7 million.

Cranemasters has been in business since 1986. Its primary services are derailment recovery operations, load adjustments and transfers, railroad track maintenance and construction, rail car repair, and contract equipment refurbishment and fabrication.

“We look forward to opening our new facility and growing our opportunities in Chesterfield County,” said Barry Isringhausen, vice president of Cranemasters.

“We are pleased to welcome Cranemasters to Chesterfield County and look forward to the company’s continued growth,” said Dan Gecker, chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “Our railroads play a strategic role in our economy, and the support to keep them operating at peak efficiency is critical.”

Porter Realty handled the purchase of the facility. The Chesterfield County Economic Development and Planning departments assisted with site and business requirements.


BGB Technology Selects Chesterfield for U.S. Facility

BGB Technology Inc. today announced plans to establish their first U.S. facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia. BGB designs and manufactures electrical and optical slip ring assemblies for rotary applications, including components for wind turbine systems. The company also designs and makes underwater lighting and camera systems and wireless Ethernet bridge systems. BGB has been in operation for over 30 years and is a leader in the slip ring and brush holder market in the United Kingdom. They plan to invest over $2 million and employ 15 as they ramp up their new operation. The new facility will be located on Port Walthall Drive in southern Chesterfield.

Speaking of today’s announcement, Dan Gecker, Chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors said, “We are delighted that BGB has made Chesterfield County their U.S. home. The international business community is quite strong in Chesterfield and it is our pleasure to welcome them as our newest member.”

“We look forward to opening our new facility and further increasing our sales to the U.S. market”, said David R. Holt, CEO of BGB. “I would like to personally thank Chesterfield County Economic Development and the Greater Richmond Partnership for their professional assistance. Their pro-business attitude and business friendly environment made the decision much easier”.  Mr. Hemstock, Operations Director, will be moving to Chesterfield and overseeing the new facility.

In addition to Chesterfield Economic Development, the Greater Richmond Partnership assisted BGB in their site selection process. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will be providing workforce assistance.


Chesterfield Amazon Site Job Ads Posted

Laura Geller of NBC 12 covers the story in this news segment.

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Learn more about the Amazon project in Chesterfield at


Amazon Construction Update 4-12-2012

The steel is going up for the Amazon fulfillment center in Chesterfield County.


The Former Cloverleaf Mall Is Gone

The site work at the new Stonebridge development is impressive. New buildings should be going up soon.


New Marten Transport Facility Taking Shape

The company’s new facility on Port Walthall Drive in the Walthall Enterprise Zone is progressing nicely.

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Collegiate School Aquatics Center Opens to Public


Grand Opening Celebration Marks Arrival of World-Class Aquatics Facility in Chesterfield County Virginia

Over four years ago, a group of local residents had a dream to bring world-class swimming and increased water safety to the greater Richmond area and today, that dream became a reality with the official opening of the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership’s state-of-the-art facility, the Collegiate School Aquatics Center, with the expectation to host an estimated 400,000+ number of visitors annually.

The Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership (GRAP) is the unprecedented collaboration of five long-standing and impactful area organizations that include Collegiate School, Poseidon Swimming, Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond Kickers and the Sports Backers.

“Dozens of community leaders, parents and area residents have collaboratively worked together to elevate swimming as a life-long, participatory sport in Richmond and I am pleased to be associated with the many men and women who have worked tirelessly to bring this facility to our community,” said Bobby Ukrop, President of the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership. “All of us who worked on this endeavor know the possibilities that it brings to our area – especially serving the needs of the thousands of area children who do not have access to swim lessons and water safety programs.”

Photo By SportsBackers

Located in Ukrop Park in northern Chesterfield County, the 54,000+ square foot facility boasts three pools including the 50 meter, eight lane Myrtha Pool from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, a therapy pool with two underwater treadmills and diagnostic video equipment, and a 25-yard, warm water pool for lessons. An expansive 7,000 square foot mezzanine grandstand can hold up to 700 spectators. The fully accessible facility boasts a community room, ample parking and locker facilities. In the future, a 5,000 square foot space is planned for physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

“We are so fortunate to have such a well-constructed center with state-of-the-art equipment, but the heart of the facility is the community-wide focus on water safety, health and fitness, sports tourism and competitive swimming,” said Adam Kennedy, Executive Director, Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership. “The Collegiate School Aquatics Center is open to area residents of all ages and will primarily be available for community use with less than 20% of the pool being used for competitive swimming.”

Among the attendees to the ceremony will be a former Virginia resident very familiar with the Myrtha Pool at the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center, Katie Hoff. The former Olympian, who competed in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games, swam in the pool at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha before earning bronze medals in Beijing. A world record holder, Hoff now resides and trains in Florida.

The Aquatics Center will provide an economic boost to the region with 40 new jobs now and additional ones once the physical therapy facility opens. With the ability to host significant swim competitions; all sanctioned by Virginia and USA Swimming, GRAP anticipates the facility will bring over $2 million to the area annually through sports tourism. It is estimated that the Collegiate School Aquatics Center cost over $14 million to build and will host its first competitive meet on April 20 with Poseidon’s Fresh Start Invitational. To learn more about the water safety and swim instruction programs available to community, please contact Adam Kennedy at 804-334-7669.