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Fareva opens aerosol facility in Varina


Fareva Richmond this week opened an aerosol production facility at its Varina location – an addition that will result in the creation of 80 to 100 new jobs. The $40-million facility, on Darbytown Road, will produce drug, over-the-counter and beauty products. Its capacity is 100 million aerosol cans.

A second phase is under consideration and could increase that capacity to 250 million cans, according to company officials. It would require an additional investment of $15 million to $20 million and would create about 150 new jobs.

Henrico organizations among winners at Richmond Technology Council Awards show


Several Henrico organizations and individuals were among the winners at the Richmond Technology Councils 20th Annual Technology Awards show and gala, held May 13. The show honors those who are actively helping to advance the region's technology-based economy.

Nearly 800 business leaders attended the event, which was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

"Much has changed during the last two decades, but our region continues to sprout innovators and entrepreneurs," said Robby Demeria, executive director of the RTC.

L.L. Bean coming to Short Pump Town Center

MAY 14, 10:50 A.M. – Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean today announced that it will open a store at Short Pump Town Center in November. It will be the company's second location, joining one in Tysons Corner.

The 15,500-square-foot store – which will be located in the space currently occupied by the food court – will employ approximately 100 people, according to company officials, and will feature active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear.

“Our stores are where the L.L.Bean catalogs come to life for our customers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “It’s very exciting to open a store in Richmond, just a stone’s throw away from the James River and all of the other countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. We’re looking forward to introducing our brand to the Richmond area and immersing ourselves in the Virginia community, culture and outdoor traditions.”

Stratford University hosts networking lunch


Stratford University in Short Pump hosted its first Networking Community Lunch May 6. The event was attended by business executives and owners, as well as members of non-profit community. Stratford University CEO Dr Richard Shurtz and Benoit Cossart COO spoke about the importance of the education and business partnerships.

Stratford's model is designed to help its students meet the needs of the local business community.

Nominations sought for 2015 ‘Hometown Heroes Award’


The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is seeking nominations for its annual Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award, which was formed in 2010 to honor the firm’s centennial anniversary and recognizes the positive impact of local individuals who give back to their community on a daily basis.

Nominations will be accepted through May 24. To nominate someone, visit http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes/ to complete a short nomination form.

“Doing things for others, no matter the size of the gesture, connects each of us back to a basic human value,” said Trent Kerns, president of Allen & Allen.

Business in brief


First Tennessee Bank has moved to its new 6,000 square foot Virginia headquarters at Reynolds Crossing and opened for business on April 27. Located just off West Broad Street in Henrico County, the new building is adjacent to the Westin Hotel. A First Tennessee Bank ATM machine is located on Forest Avenue. The bank has about 170 bank locations in and around Tennessee, and expanded in additional markets, including Richmond seven years ago. The bank offers a full suite of banking services with a focus on wealth management, commercial banking, private banking and commercial real estate. First Tennessee Bank also added a new banker, Lisa Streat, on April 20 as senior vice president of Private Wealth Services. A Virginia banker with more than 20 years of experience, she has served on the board of CultureWorks for almost four years.

Ground breaks on Cabela’s Short Pump site


Construction of the Cabela's location in Short Pump is underway.

The outdoor retailer began construction earlier this month on its location at West Broad Marketplace, where it will be the first anchor to open (in March 2016). Wegman's will follow that June.

West Broad Marketplace is currently preleasing small shop, anchor and pad sites for first or second quarter 2016 openings.

Business in brief


Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs and BBQ, a West End restaurant that closed in 2011, is trying to make a comeback through a Go Fund Me account. Known for his Virginia State Championship smoked wings and peanut butter pie, owner Carey Friedman is hoping to raise enough start-up capital to re-open the company’s “Hog Wagon,” a fully-operational and mobile food truck. Donations can be made at http://gofundme.com/qgveqs. Grandpa Eddie’s opened in 2005 in Goochland County but moved to their location on Three Chopt Road in September 2007.

Citizen earns 3 Va. Press Association awards


The Henrico Citizen earned three awards for news content in the 2014 Virginia Press Association News Contest. Awards were presented during the VPA's annual conference Saturday in Roanoke.

The Citizen earned two second-place awards and one third-place award in its division, which includes all non-daily newspapers in the state with circulations of 10,000 per issue or more.

The Citizen placed second in the front page design category for a collection of three front pages (May 1, Oct. 2 and Sept. 4) and second in the "best website" category.

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