Brazilian firm to locate in Innsbrook

AUG. 11, 3:15 P.M. – CTA Plus, a Brazilian-based company focused on transport systems, will open its North American headquarters in Innsbrook, with a new American brand called Link2pump. The Greater Richmond Partnership made the announcement today.

The company plans to hire five employees within a year and invest as much as $350,000.

CTA Plus first made contact with the GRP when local officials visited Brazil on a marketing mission in April 2016. The company had considered locations in Florida and California but selected the Richmond region because of its strong location to help market its product to Canadian, European and Latin American markets.

“The Greater Richmond Partnership made an excellent presentation of the region, and has great knowledge about business,” said Felipe Borges, founder of CTA Plus.

Link2Pump is a web-based device for automated online fuel consumption control of company fleets. It can be accessed from any computer or smartphone and automates pumps located in yards and internal fueling garages. It provides real-time monitoring of fueling date and time, fueling volume, fueling agent, distance traveled/hours worked, average consumption and storage in the tank.

“We are delighted that CTA Plus will join Henrico’s corporate community,” said Pat O’Bannon, chair of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “Growing our international business sector is integral to building a strong local and regional economy. CTA’s decision to select Henrico as their headquarters for expanding into the US market shows a commitment to our pro-business environment, skilled workforce and high quality of life. This unique technology company makes fuel controller systems for the automotive industry and is well positioned for success in the U.S.”

The company signed a lease at 4908 Dominion Boulevard in Innsbrook. Borges and his partner, Cristiano Ramos, first visited the region in early September 2016 when the Partnership connected them with several companies interested in using their firm’s technology.

The GRP received an assist from Rafael Marcussi (vice president of Kels USA), who recommended the region to CTA Plus after his company also received support from the GRP in 2015.

“Since initiating a Brazilian marketing strategy a few years ago, we’ve been very successful in engaging firms looking to expand in the U.S.,” said Barry Matherly, President/CEO of the Partnership. “There are now eight Brazilian-owned companies employing more than 560 people in the region.”
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September 2017

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