Wegmans Food Markets will invest $175 million to establish new regional distribution operation

RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Wegmans Food Markets, a grocery retailer with stores throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, will invest $175 million to establish a full-service, regional distribution operation in Hanover County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 700 new jobs. Wegmans logo

Located along Sliding Hill and Ashcake Roads in Ashland, Va., the new campus will allow the company to expand its distribution network on the East Coast and accommodate its growing retail footprint. The announcement follows a recent domestic marketing mission where the Governor met with Wegmans real estate and development officials at the company’s headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.

“It’s a significant win when a business decides to create 700 full-time, well-paid jobs, and we are proud that a company of Wegmans’ stature has chosen to establish its major new operation in Hanover County,” said Gov. Northam. “Virginia is a world-class transportation and logistics hub, and the location of this campus will greatly enhance Wegmans’ fast-growing East Coast distribution network. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with Wegmans officials to discuss ways we can strengthen our partnership, and I look forward to the company’s continued success in the Commonwealth.

Founded and headquartered in Rochester, New York, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 101-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. The family company is recognized as an industry leader and innovator and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 22 consecutive years, ranking third in 2019.

“Wegmans’ decision to establish a new distribution campus in Hanover County is a strong testament to the Commonwealth’s prime East Coast location and advanced infrastructure,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Leading retailers and distributors from around the world continue to choose the greater Richmond region as their home base for supply chain operations, and we are proud to have Wegmans on Virginia’s corporate roster.”

“This site has the right combination of everything we were looking for in terms of proximity to our stores and workforce and is located in a Commonwealth that we have partnered with for many years,” said President and CEO Colleen Wegman. “Once it’s up and running, this facility will allow us to deliver products to our southern-most stores with increased speed and freshness and will help support our growth well into the future.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Hanover County and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. Northam approved a $2.35 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Hanover County with the project. Wegmans is also eligible to receive a Major Business Facilities Job Tax Credit for new, full-time jobs created.

“As Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, I would like to personally welcome Wegmans as a new corporate citizen of Hanover County,” said Chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors Canova Peterson. “We are grateful for the significant investments that the company is making, both financially and in the expansion of quality job opportunities for our citizens. We look forward to our partnership for many years to come.”

“It is exciting to add Wegmans to the growing list of major corporations that see Hanover County as a destination of choice, due in large part to our cost of doing business, strategic location along the eastern seaboard, and expedited planning processes,” said Hanover County Director of Economic Development Linwood Thomas. “Wegmans will create hundreds of good-paying jobs well above our average prevailing wage, and at full buildout, will be one of our largest taxpayers.”

“Economic development is a true team sport and I applaud all of the partners involved in this monumental project to bring more than 700 jobs to the region,” said Chair of the Greater Richmond Partnership Leslie Haley. “Our region is ideally situated for distribution projects like this one targeting the East Coast, and we are thrilled to add Wegmans to the list of major employers in the region.”

“Hanover County’s pro-business environment continues to shine with Wegmans’ investment and expansion of its operations into our community,” said Va. Sen. Ryan McDougle. “I am excited to welcome a new community partner and look forward to the economic opportunities their investment will bring Hanover.”

“I am thrilled to welcome Wegmans to Hanover County, and I am proud of the fact that Wegmans recognizes that Virginia and Hanover County is a great place to do business,” said Del. Hyland “Buddy” Fowler. “The economic impact, including the hundreds of good-paying jobs, will provide a substantial boost for Hanover and its citizens.”

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$16.7 million expansion will create 150 new jobs

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that GSK Consumer Healthcare, a leading global healthcare company, will invest $16.7 million to expand its existing consumer research and development center in the City of Richmond, Va. The expansion will add approximately 150 new jobs to the region.

“The Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Richmond provide an environment for GSK Consumer Healthcare to build leading R&D capabilities, including access to world-class talent and universities, while also offering an attractive cost of living and favorable business operating costs,” said Dr. Peter John Ramsey, PhD, Vice President and Head, GSK Consumer Healthcare R&D, The Americas.

Following news of the Pfizer/GlaxoSmithKline merger in December 2018, retaining the local facility became a priority for the Greater Richmond Partnership, City of Richmond, and Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). Virginia successfully competed with GSK Consumer Healthcare’s other domestic and international research and development network sites to retain the facility and will be one of three R&D laboratory hubs for the company’s global business.

“GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare’s strategic decision to invest $16.7 million and add over 150 jobs to expand its research and development presence in Richmond speaks to the city’s strength as an international destination for business and life sciences,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “Our city is a great place to live, work and play and we thank GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare for continuing to invest and grow in Richmond.”

GSK is a science-led, global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, and live longer. The company aims to bring differentiated, high-quality, and needed healthcare products to as many people as possible with its three global businesses, scientific and technical know-how, and talented people.

In August 2019, GSK announced the completion of its transaction with Pfizer to combine consumer healthcare businesses into a world-leading Consumer Healthcare Joint Venture, which will be the largest, over-the-counter healthcare company in the world. Representatives from VEDP reached out to existing business project managers at GRP and the City for assistance with the project. The existing R&D facility in the City of Richmond, formerly the Global R&D headquarters for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, will be operated by the new consumer healthcare joint venture. The Joint Venture brings together two highly-complementary portfolios of trusted consumer health brands, including GSK’s Sensodyne, Voltaren, and Panadol and Pfizer’s Advil, Centrum, and Caltrate.

“This project is the best of both worlds,” said Lara Fritts, President and CEO of the GRP. “When we’re able to retain high-paying talent as well as expand jobs and capital investment, then it really becomes a win-win for the community.”

The Greater Richmond Partnership worked with Betty-Anne Teter, Programs Administrator Business Attraction & Retention from the City of Richmond’s Department of Economic Development, and Meghan Welch, Business Manager of Business Investment from VEDP, to secure the project.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Cartograf, a leading provider of packaging solutions for over 40 industrial sectors worldwide, will invest $65.3 million to establish its first U.S. folding and micro-corrugated package printing facility in Chesterfield County.

The 275,000 square foot facility will be located on 100-acres in the Meadowville Technology Park. The region successfully competed against locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia for the project, which will create 63 new jobs.

“For the past 30 years, Cartograf has partnered with worldwide brands across a diverse group of industries,” said Juan Jose Páramo Riestra, President of Cartograf. “Our products are part of people’s everyday lives through a large array of packaging solutions in the consumer goods, beverages, tobacco and manufacturing industries. Cartograf’s main facilities are located in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and as a result of constant organic growth and a substantial market share increase, the company is proud to announce its first overseas expansion, consisting of a new manufacturing facility located in the Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield, Va.”

Cartograf will establish its first U.S. folding and package printing facility in order to meet growing demand for its products in the northeast and Canadian markets. Based in Mexico City, Cartograf provides packaging solutions to customers in over 40 industrial sectors worldwide, including food and beverage, personal hygiene, confectionary, and home products. Since its founding in 1986, the company has worked to remain number one in folding and micro-corrugated printed packaging through the use of top-tier applied technology and modern facilities with high production capacity.

The Greater Richmond Partnership was approached by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) in April with a request for properties and a wage cost comparison analysis. The quickly moving project required access to the Richmond Marine Terminal and Port of Virginia.

“Manufacturing space and industrial commercial real estate has been a hot commodity for the Richmond Region,” said Lara Fritts, President and CEO of the GRP. “International manufacturing firms have their sights on Greater Richmond and we can’t be happier about Cartograf.”

“We’re so proud to welcome Cartograf to our premier Technology Park in Meadowville,” said Leslie A.T. Haley, Chair of both the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and GRP Board of Directors. “As the home to Cartograf’s first U.S. investment we look forward to building on the success of our existing packaging and advanced manufacturing industry clusters as a long-term partner for success.”

The Greater Richmond Partnership worked with Matt McLaren, Senior Project Manager from Chesterfield County Economic Development, Michaela Martin, Associate Business Manager at VEDP, and representatives from the Port of Virginia to secure the project.

Alexandra Wilson of the Keith Corporation represented Cartograf in the property negotiations.

 

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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German-based BRANOpac relocates sales office to Henrico County

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that BRANOpac GmbH, a German manufacturing company, has expanded its operation to the Richmond Region with a sales and competence resource center. The company relocated its Orlando, Fla., offices to Henrico County. It plans to grow to 5 employees by 2020 and invest up to $500,000.

“Our office in Greater Richmond will provide closer proximity to business partners, existing customers and target markets/industries,” said Nico Choczko, BRANOpac USA’s General Manager. “The Greater Richmond Partnership was an invaluable resource during this relocation from start to finish. From initial meetings, introductions and ongoing advisory roles, the GRP supported BRANOpac and allowed for a seamless transition from Florida to Virginia.”

BRANOpac, based in Lich, Germany, is an international manufacturer of protective packaging solutions, containing volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCI) as well as high-quality food grade papers and technical papers for industrial and shipping applications.

“It is a pleasure to welcome BRANOpac to Henrico County, where it joins 90-plus international companies who operate here,” said Tommy Branin, Vice Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and Three Chopt representative. “Their new sales and competence resource center is located in Glen Allen, the heart of Henrico’s business professional services sector.  Their employees, business partners and customers will enjoy the easy access to I-295 and I-64, and the retail and recreation amenities in the Short Pump and Innsbrook areas. We look forward to following BRANOpac’s success and growth in Henrico County.”

The project started in February 2013 when the Greater Richmond Partnership assisted Uwe Schmierer, Head of Product Management/Patents and Authorized Officer of BRANOfilter, during an exploratory real estate visit to Virginia. During a German marketing mission a few months later, GRP and Henrico County Economic Development Authority representatives connected with Jörg Schulte, Managing Director and President of BRANOpac, and have continued contact with company representatives since.

“I’d like to congratulate our business development team who, along with our local economic development partners in Henrico County, provided excellent service until the company made a confident decision,” said GRP President and CEO Lara L. Fritts, CEcD. “BRANOpac joins the vast international community of 44 other German firms here in the region.”

When BRANOpac representatives were initially considering the region, GRP provided extensive data related to manufacturers of food paper and metal processing in the U.S., information on FDA certification, and relevant U.S. trade shows. During visits to the region, GRP’s Vice President of Global Investment Olga Molnar connected BRANOpac with site selection resources, local industry representatives, the Virginia Manufacturers Association, and to regional warehouse and shipping incentives from the Port of Virginia.

With assistance from commercial real estate agent Tom Langston of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., BRANOpac found office space at 5300 Hickory Park Drive, Suite 224, in Glen Allen, Va. Henrico County Economic Development assisted the company with local business licenses and other registrations.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that CameraMatics LLC is opening its North American headquarters in the City of Richmond, Va. The Dublin-based technology firm produces equipment for fleet tracking and data gathering. The company plans to hire up to 100 employees with $25 million of capital investment over the next 5 years.

CameraMatics co-founders Simon Murray and Mervyn O’Callaghan announced their new office in Richmond, Virginia, with Greater Richmond Partnership Vice President of Global Investment Olga Molnar and Virginia Economic Development Partnership Managing Director – Europe Antje Abshoff.

“The Richmond office will act as an integral part of the CameraMatics USA expansion – and Virginia will be the home of our North American headquarters where we will build out our team of key executives to deliver our vision for driver safety in the USA,” said Simon Murray, CameraMatics co-founder. “The support and assistance from the Greater Richmond Partnership has been crucial to our decision.”

CameraMatics LLC provides fleet intelligence and risk management systems. The company combines fleet telematics, fleet CCTV, driver safety and compliance solutions and apps. Formed in early 2016, the company quickly became the leading provider of vehicle cameras and tracking solutions to fleets in Ireland and has launched its range into the UK market.

“CameraMatics chose Richmond as its Northern American headquarters because it is strategically located on the eastern corridor of the USA close to our partners and our growing customer base,” said Mervyn O’Callaghan, co-founder. “We see Richmond as the epicenter for talent, innovation and we are excited to be part of community that is open for business and connected.”

In November 2018, Globaify site location consultant Mary Daniels contacted Antje Abshoff, Managing Director – Europe for Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), about CameraMatics opening a North American headquarters. Then while on a trade mission to Virginia in March, company representatives toured the Richmond Region as part of a familiarization presentation. Following the visit, GRP provided several pieces of data for CameraMatics to enter the U.S. market, including insight on the fleet, freight and manufacturing sectors. Tre Akins, Business Manager for the Business Investment unit at VEDP worked directly with GRP’s Vice President of Global Investment Olga Molnar on the project.

“Innovation in the Richmond Region is receiving international recognition as evidenced by CameraMatics decision to locate here,” said GRP President and CEO Lara L. Fritts, CEcD. “The area has a locational advantage that is natural for international companies to open a U.S. operation.”

To start their process, CameraMatics will hire up to five employees while located at shared office space Venture X. The company is already searching for a larger facility in the region.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Indian advanced manufacturing firm opens office in Henrico

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Future Foundation, an advanced manufacturing software company based in Delhi, India, opened a sales office in Henrico County, Va. The sales and service center will service the U.S., Canada and South American markets.

“The U.S. site will be grown into a future tool/application development center and will also offer prospective customers the opportunity to work directly with our engineering team for more intricate testing requirements,” said Abeer Singhal, Partner/Technology Officer at Future Foundation (India).

Future Foundation designs, manufactures, services precision rubber and polymer quality control instrumentation, as well as data acquisition and analysis systems. The 30-year-old company, whose clients include Bosch and the U.S. Army, plans to sell its advance analytical testing equipment and manufacturing software in the U.S. market. The company plans to offer its services to smaller and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers interested in increasing their in-house testing and quality control capabilities.

“I would like to welcome Future Foundation to Henrico County,” said Thomas Branin, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “We’re excited to be chosen as the home of their first US sales office. This company is an excellent addition to our robust manufacturing and IT industries and to our family of international companies. We look forward to their future growth and success here in Henrico.”

GRP was contacted in November 2018 through its relationship with SelectUSA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Future Foundation required guidance from the ground up on regulations, government compliance, tax structure, etc.

The company also considered West Coast options; however Abeer Singhal had a previous positive experience as a one-time resident of the Richmond Region. GRP and Henrico County Economic Development Authority facilitated meetings with local legal, human resources and accounting consultants during Singhal’s December 2018 visit. This re-introduction to the area proved invaluable. A few months later, Singhal signed a lease at GatherRVA in Glen Allen, Va.

“Innovation and engineering are two of the Richmond Region’s greatest assets and we’re excited to add the Future Foundation to an impressive list of professional service companies,” said GRP President and CEO Lara L. Fritts, CEcD. “There’s no better compliment to see a former resident decide to return to Greater Richmond when they could have chosen anywhere in the nation for its first U.S. office.”

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

About the Henrico EDA

The Henrico Economic Development Authority’s mission is to increase county revenues through the attraction and retention of high-quality jobs and capital investment from domestic and international companies. The EDA attracts new businesses to Henrico, as well as encourages growth of existing businesses, resulting in continued improvement of the county’s well-being and quality of life for Henrico citizens. Visit Henrico.com to learn more.

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Alchemco moves global headquarters to new facility in Henrico

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Alchemco, a Brazilian-based firm specializing in the moisture and surface protection market, has chosen Henrico County for its global headquarters. The company plans to hire 15-20 new employees within the next three years for its $5 million expansion.

“Our company has been in the Richmond area since 2016. With the growth of our business, we decided to stay in the Greater Richmond area, that is very business friendly and a great place to live and to raise a family,” said Mario Baggio, CEO of Alchemco.

Over the last 30 years Alchemco has used many products and services to solve the problems associated with moisture protection. With the recent addition of technology and manufacturing capabilities, Alchemco evolved into becoming a world leader in the moisture and surface protection market, with 4,000 projects completed, product sold to 75 countries, and 4 product divisions including TechCrete, CretePro, GraffitiBlok, and ChoiceCote.

“Our ideal East Coast location and access to the Richmond International Airport make Henrico the perfect place for international companies to thrive,” said Thomas Branin, Vice Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “We thank Alchemco for choosing Henrico as its home and look forward to the company adding new jobs to our community.”

In 2016, the Greater Richmond Partnership was introduced to Baggio after the company established its North American facility in Henrico, Va. Three years later, Baggio reached out with plans to expand. The Henrico County Economic Development Authority and GRP’s Vice President of Global Investment, Olga Molnar, assisted with the real estate search, securing visa documentation, and connecting the company to local networking opportunities. The Richmond Region successfully competed against Atlanta, Ga., Washington, D.C., Miami, Fla., and Boston, Mass.

“The region’s economic development partners had a crucial role since day one,” said Baggio. “They helped us in networking and connected us with important entities in Greater Richmond, helping our business to expedite the process.”

“Alchemco helps further strengthen the international business community, which represents more than 220 firms throughout the region,” said Lara Fritts, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership. “Alchemco is yet another international firm that we have assisted that started small but expanded aggressively.”

For its headquarters, the company leased 2,800 square feet at 3532 Mayland Ct., in Henrico. The property was represented by Chris Avellana and Danny Holly of JLL. Baggio was assisted by JLL for its first facility and consulted with them again for the Alchemco expansion.

About the Henrico EDA

The Henrico Economic Development Authority’s mission is to increase county revenues through the attraction and retention of high-quality jobs and capital investment from domestic and international companies. The EDA attracts new businesses to Henrico, as well as encourages growth of existing businesses, resulting in continued improvement of the county’s well-being and quality of life for Henrico citizens. Visit Henrico.com to learn more.

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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UK-based Alphasonics opens North American office in Henrico

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Alphasonics USA, a UK-based firm specializing in ultrasonic cleaning systems for the print and medical industries, has located a sales office in Henrico County. The Richmond Region successfully competed against locations in North Carolina and Wisconsin.

“We looked into the viability of each location in line with our growth strategy and we decided that Greater Richmond was the place for us,” said Christopher Jones, Vice President of Alphasonics. “The Richmond International Airport has great links to all major territories that we want to do business with, no shortage of companies in the state and surrounding states that we want to work with and of course, some pretty nice weather when compared to Liverpool!”

Formed in 1993, Alphasonics has gained a worldwide reputation for technical excellence and unrivalled service in the field of ultrasonic cleaning systems. Currently, the company has more than 1,700 clients worldwide. The company has developed an array of Alphasound products that can be tailored to suit almost any cleaning requirement. The company’s North American target market is the medical and flexographic printing industry. Flexography utilizes a relief plate for printing on almost any type of substrate, including plastic, metallic films and paper.

Alphasonics plans to sell equipment from its new Henrico office but has already begun looking at ways to manufacture its products locally for this market after just one year.

“We are delighted to welcome Alphasonics to Henrico County’s growing international community,” says Tyrone Nelson, Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “Their success in the UK and expansion into the United States is proof of their strong leadership. We look forward to helping Alphasonics grow and prosper in Henrico County.”

After consulting with the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) agency, Alphasonics was recommended to explore Virginia among other states. The Greater Richmond Partnership has worked with UKTI on several UK-to-USA expansion projects. A current total of 45 UK companies have expanded to Richmond, composing 20.3% of the 222 international firms in the region. A few include WDM, Erodex Ltd., Admiral Group PLC., Rolls Royce, and Essentra.

The project originated at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership before GRP and Henrico Economic Development Authority became involved. GRP’s Bethany Miller and Toney Hall, Deputy Director of Henrico Economic Development Authority, helped the company with visa, accounting and living arrangements.

“The entire economic development team couldn’t have done more for us,” said Jones. “Beginning with a visit to our facility in the UK and accompanying us on fact-finding missions to Richmond, they provided some great options and ideas. We can’t thank them enough for all they did in assisting us with our U.S. expansion.”

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Digital agency Zoocha opens office in City of Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that Zoocha, a UK-based digital agency providing user experience strategy, website design and development, along with web hosting and support services, has located an office in the City of Richmond, Va. Using open-source technologies like Drupal, Zoocha works with governments, charities, and international consumer brands to build digital services that are engaging, high performance, and secure.

“We opened the office to focus on new business development, but also to ultimately grow a team to service U.S.-based clients,” said Will Huggins, Zoocha’s CEO and Co-Founder. “Several factors allowed us to decide to open an office in Richmond. In addition to the local attractive tax regime, the area’s great track record of ‘start up’ success, close proximity to local universities for recruiting graduates, and lower costs than other locations we had considered.”

The company first contacted the GRP during an exploratory process, visiting the region in August 2018. With Zoocha’s existing customers based in New York, the company considered New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore for its location. However, the company — headquartered north of London in Hertford, UK — signed a lease with Novel Coworking in the Shockoe Slip area of downtown.

“The City of Richmond welcomes Zoocha, another creative company to our region’s business community,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “News about the city’s talented workforce, low cost of business and thriving start-up ecosystem is spreading around the world.”

“GRP were instrumental in helping Zoocha select Richmond as the base for our U.S. venture and in providing assistance to set the business up,” Huggins explained. “Without their advice, support and introduction to other businesses in Richmond, I am sure we would not have been able to make the progress we have.”

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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Kumbaya coworking space to open in Henrico County

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that the Quiah Group will invest $1.5 million to upfit 10,590 square feet in Rocketts Landing for Kumbaya Space, a coworking and shared services office. The Quiah Group, a woman-owned company, identified the Richmond Region’s growing entrepreneurial community in need of one-stop services, including accounting, human resources, marketing, legal, IT, etc.

“Greater Richmond’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing — showing up on the radar of a lot of startups and investors, especially given its quality of life and strategic location,” said Rosetta Quiah, CEO of the Quiah Group. “Supported by an excellent source of talent from area schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, Greater Richmond is poised to become a major contender in the next several years.”

Kumbaya Space will employ 5 full-time professionals when completed in March 2020. The company is developing a software app to reserve offices, loaner devices and support services.

“Henrico County welcomes more shared services space to the region’s entrepreneurial community,” said Mr. Tyrone Nelson, Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “More and more innovative and creative individuals are realizing their potential and Kumbaya Space will allow a one-stop shop for their business needs.”

“We know and understand all the issues that small businesses face in growing their work space,” said Tafadzwa Matinenga, COO of The Quiah Group. “This makes us unique from other work spaces and we want to make sure that our space and services cater and are customized for both small and growing business and larger companies, as well.”

Matinenga originally contacted GRP in November 2017 after searching properties on the GRPVA.com website. After providing regional data and touring available real estate in the area, The Quiah Group selected 5151 Old Main St. in Henrico County.

“GRP was instrumental in helping us identify which areas had the most potential in establishing a key location. We were looking for a strategic key location that is flexible, close to amenities, and good public transportation access,” Matinenga explained.

GRP’s Business Development Manager Grace Festa managed the project in partnership with the business attraction team at the Henrico County Economic Development Authority. Stephanie Felice Carter with Tristar Realty negotiated the 10-year lease on behalf of The Quiah Group with Amy Broderick and Jeff Cooke of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer representing the building owner.

 

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

About the Henrico EDA

The Henrico Economic Development Authority’s mission is to increase county revenues through the attraction of high-quality jobs and new capital investment with domestic and international companies, as well as the retention and growth of existing businesses, resulting in continued improvement of the county’s well-being and the quality of life for Henrico citizens. Visit Henrico.com to learn more.

About Quiah Group

The Quiah Group is a consulting firm that delivers expert, objective insights, with a tailored approach to help leaders. Its goal is to improve business processes, strengthen relationships, and boost relationships by providing culturally-diverse environments which foster creativity and collaboration with all the added value support needed to take businesses to the next level. Visit www.kumbayaspace.com to learn more.

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