Success Stories

South Boston hotel project receives another boost

Randolph HotelThe John Randolph Hotel redevelopment project received another boost this week when Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a round of Industrial Revitalization Fund grants.

The South Boston Industrial Development Authority will receive $3 million for the revitalization project with the historic John Randolph Hotel, located in the central business district of the town of South Boston.

The plan will morph the vacant structure into a modern boutique hotel featuring 30 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar, according to the governor’s release Tuesday.

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IDA is honored for one of Virginia's top economic projects

Halifax County Industrial Development Authority’s announcement of a titanium metal powder operation was ranked among Virginia’s top economic development projects last year. VEDA Award

The Virginia Economic Developers Association listed the IperionX project in fourth place when the group gathered last month for its winter meeting in Richmond.

Halifax County had not landed a new manufacturing project of significant scope in 25 years before IperionX, the association reported in a news release.

Locating in the IDA’s shell building in Halifax County’s Southern Virginia Technology Park, it marks an $82 million investment in the first phase of the project and plans to bring 108 new jobs to the region.

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Investing in their future: Hitachi Energy maintenance mechanic training program completers recognized

Hitachi Energy TrainingUpskilling local workers to fill high-demand jobs is the aim of a new maintenance mechanic training program offered at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

The first cohort of students to complete the training program were recognized in a Monday morning ceremony at the SVHEC. The customized program offered through Danville Community College and hosted by the SVHEC gives Hitachi Energy employees the opportunity to gain new skills to help them advance their careers, in a hands-on learning environment.

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Rogers Heating & Cooling owner named Top 40 Under 40

jrJoseph Rogers, 30, Owner of Rogers Heating & Cooling recently received national recognition as a 2019 Top 40 Under 40 HVACR Professional. This prestigious award was presented by HVACR business. This magazine is distributed to HVACR contractors nationwide and stands as the only information resource totally dedicated to helping the leaders of HVACR businesses improve their business performance.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, and I feel privileged to work in the HVAC industry and to be able to give back to our community and customers,” said owner Joseph Rogers. “As a business owner in Halifax County, it is my goal to always strive to provide superior HVAC services to each area we serve.”

The HVACR Business Top 40 Under 40 article stated, “The HVAC industry needs an influx of young talent. The simple fact is that people are retiring from this industry faster than others are joining. However, that does not mean the industry does not also have dynamic younger people preparing to take the reins. In fact, a lot of these younger professionals are already in leadership positions.”

It is easy to forget how many young people are doing truly great things for the industry. The Top 40 Under 40 list highlights some of the best and the brightest coming up in the HVAC industry.

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South Boston store wins state awards

sfErik Johnston, director of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, recently presented Taylor Jennings and Lauren Tetterton with an Outstanding Business Award at the Virginia Main Street Awards Luncheon at the Downtown Intersections summer training held at The Virginian in Lynchburg.

“These awards were given for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts,” according to Tamyra Vest, executive director of Destination Downtown South Boston.

Southern Frills won the Outstanding Business Award, recognizing an outstanding downtown business. The business was chosen based on its operation; its impact of the business on downtown; how it has strengthened the business mix; the skills, savvy and success of the business owners and staff; the physical appearance of the business; their customer service; their civic and promotional participation; and their jobs created.

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ABB's submersible transformer inspection robot wins major industry award

ABBMonday, July 1, 2019

ABB’s free-swimming robot that redefines transformer inspection services recently received the 2019 ‘Power Product of the Year’ award.

On May 30, ABB was presented an Electrical Review Excellence award for its ABB Abilityinspection for transformers — TXplore — in the ‘Power Product of the Year’ category. Electrical Review is the leading electrical industry publication in the UK.

The judging panel, under the leadership of the highly-respected industry figure — Prof. Ian F. Bitterlin, consulting engineer and visiting professor at University of Leeds, was impressed by the capability of TXplore to make transformer inspection a much safer activity while also boosting asset availability for power grid operators.

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SVHEC gets $500,000 for IT Academy

June 10, 2019

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center was awarded a $500,000 tobacco grant on Thursday to expand its IT Academy, with the expectation of nearly tripling the pool of graduates who come out of the program ready to fill information technology positions in the area.

The grant by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission will pay for new instructors, four new courses, and a physical expansion to double the size of the IT Academy training area.

“We hope to begin hiring instructors in the fall and start class in the spring,” said Brenda Terry, chief financial and operations officer of the SVHEC.

The expansion aims to meet the increased demand for skilled workers by local businesses, particularly Microsoft, which operates a massive cloud computing complex in Mecklenburg County. Microsoft has committed about $200,000 to the project, and has made other, prior contributions — donating old equipment, providing scholarships for students, and even setting up a program whereby its data center employees can volunteer at the IT Academy.

“We appreciate the continued support of the Tobacco Commission and Microsoft,” said Kelly Shotwell, who serves as the program coordinator and as a trainer at the IT Academy.

The bulk of the Tobacco Commission funding will go towards hiring and paying for three full-time staff positions, easing the burden from Shotwell, who is the only full-time employee tasked to the program. She hopes to hire two instructors and a lab technician to help set up the hands-on labs that the students must complete to earn their certifications.

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