PowerSchool to More Than Double Employment in City of Roanoke


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ROANOKE (Sept. 8, 2017) – PowerSchool announced today that it will add 96 jobs to its 85 existing local positions and invest $1.8 million in new offices in the 110 Franklin building in Downtown Roanoke. The company will occupy two floors (approx. 40,000 s.f.) in the former Norfolk Southern Building which was purchased by a group of local investors after Norfolk Southern moved operations to Norfolk and Atlanta in 2015.

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ELDOR Corporation Breaks Ground in Botetourt County

Construction for the ELDOR Corporation site in Botetourt County is under way.

The Italian manufacturer of automotive components announced that it would invest $75 million to establish its first North American production plant in March 2016. The facility will create 350 jobs over the next five years.

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Wholesome Harvest Baking Expands, Will Invest $22 Million in Roanoke Region

A company the Roanoke Regional Partnership helped bring to the region two decades ago is expanding again.

Wholesome Harvest Baking, a subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo, one of the world’s largest bakery companies, will invest $22.1 million to upgrade equipment and add a production line for artisan bread in its City of Roanoke operation. In addition, 324 existing employees will be retrained to operate the new machinery with support from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Wholesome Harvest Baking’s products are consumed around the globe, and we are proud that this industry giant continues to invest in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This expansion strengthens the company’s future in the City of Roanoke and allows it to continue to benefit from the region’s infrastructure, assets, and strategic location. Staying competitive in a global market demands businesses’ constant evaluation of new technologies and requires a workforce with skills of the 21st century. The Virginia Jobs Investment Program helps ensure that our labor pool is readily recruitable, trained, and highly productive, which remains a key focus as we continue to diversify and build the new Virginia economy.”

“Wholesome Harvest Baking continues to be a strong employer in the City of Roanoke, and the decision to retrain more than 300 existing employees on new equipment is a great testament to the company’s commitment to the Roanoke Valley and the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore.

With more than 100 years of experience in the bread business, Wholesome Harvest Baking has a proven track record of success and brought its expertise to the United States in 1996. In 2014, Mexican baking company Grupo Bimbo acquired this frozen bakery business and established the new Wholesome Harvest Baking LLC. Grupo Bimbo is the largest bakery corporation in the world, currently operating in 22 countries across four continents.
Wholesome Harvest first located in Roanoke in 1997 and has undergone several expansions. The Partnership worked the project to help the company locate here.

“We value our people who work in the Roanoke community and believe that a successful company is built on the talents of our many associates,” said Dan Curtin, president of Wholesome Harvest Baking. “We are proud to partner with the VJIP to provide our associates with quality training and are committed to fostering the personal and professional growth of our associates to provide our customers with exceptional products.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Wholesome Harvest’s job retraining through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program. VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for its citizens.

“For nearly 20 years, Wholesome Harvest Baking has provided gainful employment to hundreds of residents of the Roanoke Valley, and also been a strong supporter of infrastructure development within the Roanoke Centre for Industry and Technology, including the installation of sidewalks and initiation of bus service to the park,” said Sherman P. Lea, Sr., Mayor, City of Roanoke. “I am delighted to see Wholesome Harvest’s further commitment to the community by announcing this expansion. The City of Roanoke looks forward to continuing our partnerships with Wholesome Harvest for many years to come.” 

Canatal Steel USA Announces Jobs and Investment in Botetourt County

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CLOVERDALE, Va. (December 14, 2016) – Canatal Steel USA, Inc. will expand its Botetourt County facility to meet increased demand for manufactured structural steel for construction.  The company will invest $1.5 million in new equipment and create 38 jobs at its only U.S. facility.

“The Roanoke Valley is strategically located for our growing market and there is good quality labor for fabrication and assembly of structural steel,” said Canatal Industries President Ralph Poulin. “Also, transport costs are greatly reduced for our projects in DC, South Carolina and North Carolina, which will make Canatal more competitive in obtaining contracts.”

Canatal Steel USA is a subsidiary of Canatal Industries in Quebec, Canada. The Roanoke Regional Partnership recruited Canatal to Botetourt County in 2010. The company fabricates and installs structural steel beams for commercial, residential, institutional, and industrial buildings. It currently employs eighty-three in Cloverdale.

The new jobs will primarily be for welders and fitters. The company is interested in working with Botetourt County Public Schools to establish an apprentice program for welding students at the Botetourt Technical Education Center (B-Tech) in Fincastle, which recently earned accreditation from the American Welding Society. Services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Workforce training has been and will continue to be key to Canatal’s success in Botetourt County,” said Jack Leffel, chairman of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors. “The welding program at B-Tech can help Canatal as well as match our graduates with good-paying jobs.”

“The success of our existing businesses is critical to the success of Botetourt County and the region,” said Gary Larrowe, Botetourt County administrator.  “We are committed to connecting our businesses with the resources that will support their long-term success.”

This is the fifth jobs announcement in Botetourt County in 2016 following on the heels of Arkay Packaging (60 jobs), Virginia Community College System (200 jobs), ELDOR Corporation (350), and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (178 jobs), for a total of 826 new jobs announced in Botetourt County in 2016.