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Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder.

Regency Square names new general manager


Regency Square mall recently hired Steven Bonniville as its general manager. He previously served as facilities director of Regency Square from 2009 through 2012 and as general manager of Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond. He has more than 10 years of experience in the retail industry. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing the center’s day-to-day operations, retailer and community relations and marketing and leasing of the center.

“The future of Regency Square is bright and I’m excited to be part of the team that will get us there,” Bonniville said. “Our goal is to exceed our customers' expectations and to make Regency Square the hub of retail and community activities.”

Business in brief


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 has announced the sale of 3595 Mayland Court in Henrico County. Mayland Court Partners, LLC purchased the 5,043 square foot office/warehouse condo from Moreland Realty LLC for $675,000 as an investment. Evan M. Magrill, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

Business in brief


At the 2015 NASCAR Marketing and Communications Summit, the Richmond International Raceway marketing team was presented with the 2014 Track Marketing Team of the Year by NASCAR. RIR developed a three-year strategy to retain first-time fans, re-engage lapsed fans and drive loyalty among avid and casual fans while also revitalizing the track brand. From TV to radio, direct marketing and social media, RIR worked to ensure that all marketing campaign elements were consistent. Coupled with this program is a steady effort to further enhance ticket value to create a thrilling, memorable and unparalleled race-day experience. The RIR team successfully executed popular and creative fan-focused platforms in 2014, that required coordination across many industry stakeholders. Two of these programs were the inaugural Track Takeover in April and Post-Race Party in September, which debuted to resounding successes. Both events gave fans unique access to the facility and NASCAR’s stars as a part of their race ticket.

Business in brief


Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location in Varina, at 2536 New Market Road, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. The store will provide the first 50 adult shoppers with a $10 Dollar General gift card, while the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways. Dollar General stores offer a selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. Dollar General stores typically employ approximately six to 10 people.

San-J International to begin $38M expansion in Henrico

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 10:15 A.M. – Tamari sauce producer San-J International, Inc. will expand its Eastern Henrico operation with a $38 million investment that also will create 18 jobs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today.

With a significant rise in customer demand for gluten-free products, the Henrico facility will increase production volumes with state-of-the-art equipment. Virginia successfully competed against Oregon for the project, which was spurred by McAuliffe's meeting with company officials in Tokyo during his Asia Marketing Mission in October.

San-Jirushi was founded by the Sato family as a tamari and miso company in 1804 in Mie, Japan. Current San-J President Takashi Sato is an eighth-generation member of the founding family. The company began brewing the first tamari from its Henrico facility in 1987, continuing the 200-year tradition of Japanese brewing mastery. The existing Henrico County plant, on Sprouse Drive near the airport, employs 55.

Business in brief


Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, announced that Martin's Food Markets will join its team of major corporate partners of the nine-day cycling event that will be held in the Richmond region in September. Martin's operates 24 grocery stores in Central Virginia and will be the “Official Supermarket” of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, which is expected to attract 450,000 on-site spectators from Sept. 19-27. As part of the partnership, Martin's will produce and distribute paper grocery bags in-store featuring the UCI Road World Championships logo during February and in the months closer to the event. In addition, Martin's will produce and sell reusable grocery bags celebrating the event with net profit being donated to Richmond 2015 and promote the event in its stores.

Logistical excellence


A Henrico County venue hosted the first RVA LogistXGames Jan. 29, pitting supply chain and logistics industry employees together in a friendly competition designed to judge the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of participating teams as they assembled and stacked boxes, moved them through relay courses on pallets and performed other warehouse-type tasks.

The Fort Lee – Joint Strike Group won the event and claimed the “Golden Pallet.” The event was sponsored by CBRE Richmond, Liberty Property Trust, the Community College Workforce Alliance and the Virginia Port Authority. The event was held at a Liberty Property Trust facility on Eastport Boulevard in Sandston.

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