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Kroger Completes Remodeling of Chester Store

Kroger has completed an extensive remodeling of its store in Chester.

The company said it invested $3.5 million in the Chester store located at 12726 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield County.

The remodel included the addition of ClickList, Kroger’s new online ordering service. The store celebrated with a grand “reopening” on Tuesday, January 17th.

The renovations included a new décor, paint and updates to many departments.

The Chesterfield Kroger store opened in 2007. This is the first remodel for the store.

Kroger’s mid-Atlantic division operates 121 stores, 116 pharmacies and 87 fuel centers in Virginia.

Metro Richmond Exports Initiative Looking for Chesterfield Companies

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI) is in search of local businesses interested in participating in an upcoming Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) international trade mission. They have several grants that will cover the $2,500 trade mission registration fee for qualified trade mission attendees – businesses are only responsible for travel costs. This is a wonderful opportunity which we would encourage you to pursue, or share with your clients and business partners.

Benefits from participating in the VEDP trade mission include:

  • Assistance identifying which international market is best suited for your product or service
  • In-country support to identify the best potential customers and partners
  • Scheduled one-on-one meetings with prospective customers and partners
  • Translation services and culture coaching where necessary

Interested businesses do not need to know where they would like to travel (VEDP can help them through that process), but should be ready to spend a week abroad and have the capability (or the ability to develop the capacity) to fill international orders. This opportunity is for businesses who produce both services and goods.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Grace Festa with Greater Richmond Partnership via e-mail at or by phone at (804) 643-3227. Companies must travel by the end of June to qualify.

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Chesterfield County to Purchase River City Sportsplex

Community Open House to be Held to View Property

Today at Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors work session an announcement was made about the county’s intent to purchase the 115 acre River City Sportsplex, formerly known as Sports Quest and currently owned and operated by Sports Complex Holdings LLC.


“This is a huge opportunity for the county residents to get more use of this facility and increase sports tourism,” said Dr. Joe Casey, county administrator. “With sports tourism being a growing business in Chesterfield, the upcoming community open house will give residents a chance to view the property and ask questions about the purchase and the future potential of the complex.”

A community open house for residents to ask questions about the planned purchase of the River City Sportsplex is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Clover Hill High School, in the Student Commons. Residents may come at any time to the school and the sports complex between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to ask questions and tour the facilities.


The county is offering Sports Complex Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Shaw Industries Group, Inc., $5.5 million to purchase the property. This is below the 2012 property’s appraised value of $17.2 million. Funds currently allocated for recreational development sports tourism will be used for the purchase.

The Board of Supervisors will vote whether to purchase the property at its Nov. 16 work session scheduled at 3 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.


Local sports organizations and school teams use the facility heavily all year and are at capacity. With tournaments being held for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer throughout the year, Chesterfield County’s economic impact from sports tourism was $37.7 million in fiscal year 2016. This was a $12.9 million increase from the past fiscal year, with $7.1 million of that total a result of new sport tourism events. In tax revenue alone, the county received $1.4 million during that same time period.


“Shaw is pleased that the River City Sportsplex will continue to grow and benefit the community as the centerpiece of local sports tourism under the Chesterfield County’s ownership,” said Susan Farris, Director of Corporate Communications with Shaw Industries Group, Inc. “In the wake of the project as initially envisioned not coming to fruition, Shaw improved the complex and worked closely with the community to attract significant sports events and millions of dollars of economic impact to the greater Richmond area. We are pleased that the availability of a dozen Shaw Sports Turf fields in one location is – and will continue to be – a draw for large regional and national youth sports tournaments.”


The property is centrally located and there is easy access from the Interstate and major highway systems. Management and operations of the River City Sports Complex, if purchased, will be by the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Revenue from rental fees and tournament charges will be used to pay for the operating costs. The undeveloped portions of the property will allow for the expansion of the sports fields to meet future growth in the county along with the possibility of developing other compatible recreational facilities on the site.


In 2010, the county originally invested $4.3 million to assist in development of the complex and lease the use of eight lighted all-weather synthetic turf fields Monday thru Thursday. Currently, Chesterfield is in its sixth year of the 20 year lease. Purchasing River City Complex would provide the county seven day a week access providing the opportunity to increase resident’s use and grow sports tourism.

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Kroger Marketplace Has Grand Re-Opening in Midlothian


Kroger held a grand re-opening for its store in the Ivymont Square Shopping Center in the village of Midlothian.


Leslie Haley, who represents the Midlothian District on the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, thanked Kroger for its investment and new jobs and helped cut the ribbon for the expansion.


The expanded Kroger Marketplace will enhance the exciting and convenient grocery and dining experience for the residents and workers in the area. The special amenities, cooking demonstrations and sampling bars will make the Marketplace a destination for local residents.


The 19,700 square foot expansion enlarges the store to 106,000 square feet. Kroger invested $14.8 million in the facility and added 70 additional jobs.

Vastly Awards Contract to Jacobs Engineering

$2 Billion Project Advances To Environmental Permitting & Site Engineering Design Phase With Jacobs Award

vastly-logoVastly, also known as Tranlin, Inc., today announced it has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.  The award was issued to further develop Vastly’s greenfield construction mega project in Chesterfield County, VA. The project scope includes preliminary engineering and design, as well as environmental permitting, of the new Vastly facility, which will produce biostimulant, soil amendment fertilizers and paper tissue products, made from straw sourced from local farmers.

Under the terms of the agreement, Jacobs is responsible for supporting permit acquisition and developing the overall site design, which includes pulping facilities, tissue making, and fertilizer production using Vastly’s proprietary technologies.  Significant engineering is required to file for over 20 permits that will involve at least five regulatory agencies. An exhaustive examination of the company’s activities and their implications on the environment will be required in order for the company to receive the necessary environmental permits.

“We anticipate a concentrated effort in conjunction with the state and federal regulators over the next 18-20 months, which is typical for a project of this scale, to prepare for operations meeting or exceeding all environmental standards,” said Robert Burnley, Senior Advisor to CEO of Vastly and former Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

In order to build the multi-faceted, advanced manufacturing facilities in Chesterfield County, Virginia, Vastly will leverage technology developed by its parent company, Shandong Tranlin Paper Company Ltd., to implement proprietary straw pulping processes to extract fulvic acid and humic acid biostimulants used to restore soil health.

“We are very excited to partner with Jacobs, a firm with an exceptionally strong reputation, expertise and track record in engineering pulp and paper projects all over the world,” said Jerry Z. Peng, Vastly’s Chairman and CEO. “This new award marks a major milestone for the project and it highlights our commitment to building a world-class, eco-friendly production facility in Chesterfield County.”

“This award is the culmination of great collaboration by a dedicated Vastly team from China and the U.S. We were fortunate to engage some of the world’s leading firms along the selection process, and we are excited to engage Jacobs with its extensive experience in complex, large scale projects.  This represents a major step forward in developing a world class earth restorative operating facility,” said Jason Dunaway, Vastly’s Senior Vice President and Project Executive.

Vastly’s Better Roots biostimulant products will be used by farmers to boost yield, improve long-term soil health and enhance nutrient uptake. The straw pulp fibers are processed into premium paper towels, napkins, bathroom and facial tissue products. These paper products will be tree-free, chlorine-free, compostable, and assembled through an earth-friendly production process.


Vastly, also known as Tranlin, Inc., applies world-leading proven technologies to produce fine quality tree-free paper and tissue products and highly effective plant-derived organic acid biostimulant, soil amendment fertilizers for consumer and agricultural use. Vastly’s mission is to build a future-friendly company that makes safe, earth-restorative products from farms, not forests, for American families and farmers. Tranlin, Inc. is the U.S. based subsidiary of Shandong Tranlin Paper Company Ltd., located in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Tranlin Changes Name to Vastly


Tranlin, Inc.  has changed its name to Vastly.  The company is investing $2 billion to construct an advanced manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia that will create 2,000 jobs in the region by 2020.

They issued the following statement on its website.

As our aspirations have grown, so has our identity. We sought a name that captures the main idea of our mission: to make superior products in a way that gives back to the earth and restores our natural environment.

We’re thinking differently, on a global scale and a local scale, adopting a long-view perspective. We’re focusing our efforts to uncover new and ingenious ways to make products in harmony with natural systems.

We believe in the vast potential of this way of thinking. That’s why we’re Vastly.

Company official,  John Stacey, senior vice president for marketing and sales, said the Tranlin moniker will remain for legal purposes.

“We are in the process of transitioning consumer and public facing branding to Vastly while leveraging the awareness of Tranlin Inc. that has been created over the last couple of years,” said Stacey.


Niagara Bottling establishing $95 million manufacturing operation in Chesterfield

New Mid-Atlantic operation will create 76 new jobs in county


CHESTERFIELDGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Niagara Bottling LLC, a family-owned and operated bottled beverage supplier, will invest $95 million to establish a 557,000 square-foot, manufacturing and bottling operation at Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. The company utilizes state-of-the-art filtration to produce its Niagara brand and private label bottled water. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland for the project, which will create 76 new jobs.


“Recruiting companies such as Niagara Bottling is at the heart of our efforts to create jobs, diversify and build a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Niagara is a leading bottled water supplier in the United States and has been family owned and operated since 1963. We are pleased Niagara chose Chesterfield County for this significant expansion, and are confident the company will thrive in the Commonwealth, thanks to our strategic location and motivated workforce.”

“I welcome Niagara Bottling to the Commonwealth. Chesterfield will be a strategic location for its new manufacturing and bottling center,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I am pleased we were able to assist the company in their east coast expansion and efforts to reach a growing customer base. The Commonwealth offers the best overall business environment for a company to grow, and I am confident Niagara Bottling will benefit from our world-class assets. Congratulations to Niagara Bottling and Chesterfield County!”


Niagara Bottling is the largest private label bottled water supplier in the U.S., supplying major retailers across the nation. Headquartered in Ontario, California, the company began as a family business in 1963 by offering five-gallon containers for home and office delivery. Niagara expanded in the early 1990s to offer single-serve private label bottle water for grocery, club, convenience and wholesale customers and has established itself as a national leader in high quality, affordable bottled water.

“Niagara Bottling, LLC is committed to providing a high-quality product with unmatched quality service to its customers,” said Brian Hess, Executive Vice President of Operation for Niagara. “The Chesterfield, VA location allows the company to fulfill that commitment by providing an optimal location that is close to both its existing and growing customer market.”


Chesterfield County Economic Development worked with The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Greater Richmond Partnership and Thomas W. Turner, SIOR, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Hart Industrial Group to secure this project for Chesterfield.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling, LLC to Chesterfield,” said Steve Elswick, Chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “Niagara falls within two of the county’s target clusters, food and beverage and advanced manufacturing. Niagara’s manufacturing and filling facility will be the most efficient and sustainable in the world. The 76 manufacturing jobs are just the type of employment opportunities we want for our Chesterfield residents.


“Niagara is the largest private-label beverage supplier in the country, and bottled water is the number one bottled beverage in the nation,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, Bermuda District Supervisor. “We are extremely pleased that such an outstanding brand has joined the list of leading brands that continue to choose Meadowville. I am particularly impressed with Niagara’s commitment to their employees and to the communities in which they have located.”

“It is great to have Niagara Bottling coming to Chesterfield County,” said Delegate Riley Ingram. “Meadowville is an excellent location and the jobs are very much appreciated and needed in this area.”


“I am extremely grateful that Niagara Bottling LLC has decided to invest $95 million in Virginia, particularly Chesterfield County,” said Senator Rosalyn Dance. “This creation of jobs and the business investment will further diversify Virginia’s economy. An investment of this magnitude doesn’t happen without a tremendous amount of hard work and coordination between the Administration and all of the involved stakeholders. On behalf of the region I am extremely grateful.”

Choate Construction, who has partnered with Niagara on their last seven facilities, will be constructing the new facility.


Meadowville is a village built at the intersection of roads and rivers, information and infrastructure, power and people. At Meadowville, tomorrow’s businesses are connecting today. Niagara Bottling joins Northrup Grumman, Amazon, Capital One and Medline in this premiere location in Chesterfield County. Meadowville is one of Virginia’s largest, most innovative, and most connected employment centers. Its 900 acres are connected to world markets by the James River, the Richmond International Airport, Interstates 64, 95, and 85 and the tree lined Meadowville Technology Parkway.


Derieth Sutton, Niagara Bottling LLC, (949) 910-3950,
Garrett Hart, Director, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550,

Take the Blueprint Chesterfield Survey


Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors and School Board are interested in learning what’s important to Chesterfield’s citizens and businesses. Blueprint Chesterfield, a newly created campaign, is focused around an online, five-question survey encouraging citizens to share their thoughts and feelings about the community.

Feedback from the survey will be used to shape a five-year plan for Chesterfield County’s upcoming budget planning process. Take the Blueprint Chesterfield Community Survey.

Fajon selects Chesterfield for East Coast manufacturing facility

Company will hire 25-30 workers

Fajon_300pxCHESTERFIELD, VA – Chesterfield County Economic Development announces that Fajon Turbine Parts & Repairs will establish a office and manufacturing center in the county.

Fajon will begin operations this month at 8310 Shell Road, near Interstate 95. The steam and gas turbine replacement parts and service company has leased a 43,210-square-foot building. Fajon will use the Chesterfield site to do repairs and manufacture renewal parts. The company expects to be fully operational by September.

CEO and president Jerry Booden said Fajon’s expansion to the East Coast should help the Phoenix-based company grow with greater access to different markets.

“The Richmond area proved to be the best option available because of the availability of similar industries to ours,” Booden said. “Our new location is perfect logistically and we look forward to utilizing the Richmond Marine Terminal.”

“I think it’s a strategic location for them and they saw the value of locating right off Interstate 95. This just was a great fit for them because the facility already housed a similar industry,” noted Tina Shreve, Senior Project Manager with Chesterfield County Economic Development.

The existing facility in Chesterfield had exactly what the company was searching for. Fajon’s new space was the former home to Magellan Systems and is appropriately equipped for the new operation, including a heavy duty crane system.

“I think ultimately, Fajon Turbine Parts & Repairs located in Chesterfield County because they were comfortable with our experience in dealing with industrial-based companies,” Tina Shreve said.

The company’s clients have included independent utility companies and U.S.-based institutional refineries. The company plans to hire between 25 and 30 workers.

“We look forward to further assisting Fajon to make Chesterfield County a successful operation for them,” said Shreve.

In addition to Chesterfield Economic Development, Fajon was assisted in the site selection process by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Richmond Partnership. David Williams and Stuart Cary of Colliers International represented ownership, while Dawn Griggs of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer handled the deal for Fajon.

For more information, contact Tina Shreve at (804) 318-8550, or email at

Steam Bell Beer Works Opens in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County residents, devoted to craft beer, now have their own local brewery to quench their thirst.


Steam Bell Beer Works, at 1717 Oak Lake Boulevard, held its grand opening Saturday featuring unique craft beers and a laid-back atmosphere in a family-operated brewery.


Steam Bell Beer Works was founded on a passion for community, inspired by the desire to celebrate the end of a long day with great beer and even better friends.


Thousands of craft brew enthusiasts enjoyed the various varieties throughout the grand opening weekend and by the close of the weekend-long event, Steam Bell had gone through more than 60 kegs, with supporters promising to come back again and again.