“Roanoke Reawakening” Featured in Virginia Business

The article by Virginia Business (see excerpt below) featured the Roanoke Regional Partnership’s executive director John Hull and several economic development partners, focusing on the uptick in economic development activity driven by regional revitalization strategies.

The article highlights Partnership-led, forward-thinking investments in infrastructure, strategic planning for revitalization, and a marketing approach that touts the area’s outdoor amenities which have led to recent sizable investments.

Munters Group AB, Cardinal Glass, Stik Pak, Balchem Corp, Valley Star Credit Union, Mack Trucks, the new Carilion Children’s facility, and the redevelopment at 419 Town Center are all mentioned as examples of this success in the story. Together these investments add up to a whopping $126.3 million.

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Stik-Pak Solutions Opens New Franklin County Facility

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (July 27, 2021)Stik-Pak Solutions Inc., a contract packaging firm, cut the ribbon on an expansion that will create 52 new jobs in Franklin County.

The company’s $10 million investment includes a 50,000 square foot building and new equipment. The company currently employs 60 people in Franklin County, having already created more than half of the 52 jobs anticipated in the expansion announced in 2019. The project will accommodate a future expansion to 100,000 square feet in the coming years as demand for the company’s product grows.

“Today, Stik-Pak Solutions celebrates its new facility and all the hard work of the management team and associates who now number over 60 strong, said company CEO, Kennon Marshall. “This group of hard-working individuals who hail largely from Franklin County are what make Stik-Pak successful.”

“On behalf of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, I congratulate Stik-Pak on its new facility in the Summit View Business Park and we look forward to working with the company for many years to come,” said Board Chairman Ronnie Thompson.

Stik-Pak Solutions is one of three announced tenants in the Summit View Business Park.  The 550-acre project includes numerous recreational and event-related amenities, such as a self-service, 24-hour library, multi-use trails, event space/festival grounds, in addition to fully-served business and industrial sites. 

Stik-Pak Solutions was established in the Franklin County Commerce Center in 2013.  The company provides contract packaging solutions in a variety of flexible pouch options.  The company serves the food industry and is SQF 2 certified, FDA registered and certified USDA Organic. 

For more information contact john@roanoke.org

 

Eshelman and Marston Roanoke Region Ironman Success Story Featured in Roanoke Times Op-Ed

Photo Credit: David Hungate for the Roanoke Times.

Pete Eshelman, the director of outdoor branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, and Brett Marston, the current president for the Partnership, joined forces on an opinion piece that was published by the Roanoke Times following the June 6, 2021 Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 event. The story was written to highlight the decade-long effort led by the Partnership and Roanoke Outside to change Roanoke Region’s brand identity to an outdoor mecca. This narrative created a culture which now attracts world-class events like Ironman and will continue to spur economic success, business investment, talent attraction, healthier lifestyles, and tourism.

Click to view the full Roanoke Times article.


Below is the story as originally written by Pete Eshelman and Brett Marston.
Published by Roanoke Times on June 12, 2021.

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