Rolls-Royce supplier lands in Henrico

A United Kingdom-based supplier for Rolls-Royce has established an office and manufacturing center at the Byrd Industrial Park in Eastern Henrico, the Greater Richmond Partnership announced July 18.

Erodex Ltd., a graphite products maker, recently signed a five-year agreement with Rolls-Royce to supply goods to the automotive company's Crosspointe campus in Prince George, Va. Erodex invested $2 million and hired four to quickly ramp up production for its client.

“We’re very happy to call the Richmond Region home,” said John Rolinson, co-director of Erodex. “Rolls Royce Group announced that they were opening a new turbine blade facility in Virginia and Erodex were asked to support that as a result of our long term working relationship with them.

“This started off with us supplying graphite electrodes from the UK, however as their Virginia operation grew, we entered conversations about starting a tool room there so that we could offer the same fixture care and repair as well as inspection/trialling of tools in Virginia that we would do in the UK,” said Rolinson.

In addition to its wide range of electrical discharge machining consumables, Erodex has what is considered a top graphite machine shop in the UK. The stock levels of carbons and graphites, and of continuous wire for EDM electrode applications, support the company’s position as market leader.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome a new company to Henrico County,” said Patricia S. O’Bannon, vice chairwoman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “The flex space offered at the Byrd Corporate Park provides a strategic location for Erodex to serve its key customer, Rolls-Royce, and to hire the highly-skilled labor it requires to manufacture its products.”

“We’re very happy to include Erodex and Pryor Marking Technology as Rolls-Royce suppliers in the Richmond Region, adding two new UK firms to the 41 already in the area.” said Partnership CEO Barry Matherly. “International companies continue to grow our economy, with the Partnership successfully managing 20 new foreign direct investment projects during the last three years.”

“We’re so happy that Erodex is already expanding after just establishing themselves in Henrico in March of 2016,” said Felicia Ainsa, Existing Business Manager for the Henrico Economic Development Authority. “They found an eager market for their services when they first got here and have since identified a new service line to further meet regional demand. This expansion roughly doubles their space and workforce.”

Erodex occupies 2,500 square feet in the Byrd Corporate Center at 5727 S. Laburnum Ave. The Partnership worked with Jones Lang LaSalle brokers Jake Servinsky and Chris Avellana to complete the deal with Erodex.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1


Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

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Strangeways Brewing’s annual fall dog event Barktoberfest will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This free event will feature adoptable dogs, pet-related vendors, RVA food trucks, a silent auction, pet contests, face painting, 36+ beers to choose from and more. Proceeds benefit Richmond Animal Care and Control Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing care and support for strays, abandoned animals, surrendered pets, and homeless animals in the metro Richmond. “Fill the RACC Van” with new/gently used towels and blankets, Kongs, pup toys, cat and dog food, and chicken or turkey baby food. Well-behaved, non-aggressive dogs who are comfortable with other dogs, kids and crowds are welcome. For details, visit http://www.strangewaysbrewing.com. Full text

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