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Fareva to purchase Pfizer plant in Henrico

Company plans to invest $42M, bring 90 new jobs to county
Fareva, a privately-held international contract manufacturing firm that operates in four business segments—homecare and industrial, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food, will acquire and invest $42 million in Pfizer’s consumer products manufacturing site on Darbytown Road in Eastern Henrico County, state and local officials announced this morning. Fareva will continue to operate the facility, which manufactures and packages brand-name products such as Advil, Chapstick and Robitussin.

Pfizer and Fareva also have reached a manufacturing and supply agreement that will enable the plant to continue production of Pfizer consumer products for the global marketplace. All of the nearly 500 Pfizer colleagues that are employed at the site will transfer to Fareva, and an additional 90 positions will be added.

“Fareva’s acquisition of the Pfizer plant and retention of approximately 500 jobs is tremendous for Henrico County and the Commonwealth," Gov. Bob McDonnell said. "This project is also significant because well-known Pfizer products will continue to be manufactured at the facility as Fareva expands into the North American market with its first U.S. site.”

“We are thrilled that Pfizer and Fareva were able to strike this agreement and both retain and expand the Henrico County manufacturing plant,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “I look forward to the inevitable growth of this partnership that builds on Pfizer’s brand success while opening Fareva to the U.S market.”

Headquartered in Luxembourg, Fareva employs 5,500 colleagues and reported $1.2 billion in revenues in 2010. The company operates 28 manufacturing facilities in Europe and emerging markets.

Speaking about the pending acquisition, Fareva’s Chief Executive Officer Bernard Fraisse stated, “We have been looking for the right opportunity to expand our manufacturing footprint into North America and establish our pharmaceutical and cosmetics businesses in the United States. The Henrico County site has a talented and motivated workforce and state-of-the-art manufacturing, packaging and warehousing facilities that are a perfect fit for growing our commercial portfolio in this region.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Henrico County to secure the project for Virginia. McDonnell approved a $650,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henrico County with the project. McDonnell also approved an $800,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership (VIP) program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.

“Henrico County is very pleased to welcome another international company to our community,” said Frank Thornton, chairman of Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “We are grateful to Fareva for acquiring this plant and saving important jobs, and we look forward to partnering with the company as they add additional jobs and investment. Their plan to diversify the plant’s product mix by adding cosmetics is a real plus.”
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Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

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The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

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I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

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