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The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Kels USA Corporation has chosen Henrico County for the location of its expansion to the United States. The electrical contact material company has started business with a small sales office with plans to expand to manufacturing their products locally in the next 2-4 years. The Partnership first met with Kels during a marketing mission to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. Subsequent meetings and visits followed, including three visits to the Richmond Region and three to the Kels headquarters in Brazil during marketing missions. Before choosing Henrico, the company considered locations in Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia. Kels cited their main reason to expand to the U.S. is for market entry and proximity to the current customers to provide better service. Kels, founded in 1976, manufactures metal-based products for the electro-electronics, automotive and appliance industries. Kels also plays a great role in refrigeration, tooling and metallurgical industries supplying brazing alloys. By 2019, the company estimates that it will be successful enough to expand its facility to a 100-person manufacturing center.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Ellen M. Drake has joined the Residential Services Group as a residential portfolio manager in its Glen Allen office. She will manage a portfolio of residential multi-family properties in the metro Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. Drake graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as the director of property management for Monroe Properties in downtown Richmond. Drake holds the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation from the National Apartment Association and is currently enrolled in the Certified Property Manager (CPM) curriculum through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

RIR, Foodbank, Toys for Tots partner on food, toy drive

For the eighth consecutive year, Richmond International Raceway is partnering with the Central Virginia Foodbank and the Marine Toys for Tots program to collect food and toys through Dec. 14.

Donations can be made to both organizations at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office, located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike (Meadowbridge Road).

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), located in Innsbrook, recently was named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of “Best Places to Work” was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. The survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, its work force and businesses. VSCPA was honored in the small employer category, having fewer than 100 employees. The rankings of the 3rd annual Best Places to Work in Virginia will be unveiled and published in the February 2013 issue of Virginia Business.

Verizon crews depart for New Jersey

About 50 Verizon technicians formed a convoy in bucket trucks and other vehicles Nov. 10 and departed Henrico County for Monmouth County, N.J., one of the areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last month. The technicians met others from the company in Northern Virginia along the way to New Jersey, where they are working to repair, replace and restore voice, internet and TV services to customers.

Jewelers raise money for Children’s Hospital

For the third consecutive year, a number of local jewelers have joined together to make a donation to the community. Each participating jeweler donated a piece with a retail value of $1,500 to a raffle, which raised $13,525 for the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Harbor Freight opens on West Broad

Employees of Henrico County's new Harbor Freight store partnered with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening on Oct. 17. The store is located in the former Books-a-Million site at 8093 West Broad Street.

GE employees volunteer at VHBG

More than 20 employees from GE volunteered their Saturday to help Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) Oct. 20 as part of Hands On Greater Richmond Day. They designed and made school spirit signs and worked on the clothes closet for VHBG residents. They also cleaned the gym and washed windows at the school on campus.

Breast cancer awareness event held


Bon Secours Cancer Institute held a “Support Your Girls” breast cancer event at St. Mary's Hospital Oct. 4, during which physicians and guest speakers talked with attendees about breast health, mammography screenings, reconstructive surgery and cancer-preventing nutrition. The 130 attendees were able to learn and discuss breast health including topics such as eating local and fresh foods and finding the correct bra with physicians and vendors during the event.

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