Fuji Electric Opens Roanoke Facility

fuji electric roanokeFuji Electric recently opened a 37,000 square foot engineering and assembly facility in Roanoke.
Production at the new facility will focus on assembly of their Variable Speed Drive Custom Panels, Uninterruptible Power Systems, and Auxiliary Power Systems. The announcement is the latest move by the company to grow and expand their business activities in the U.S., as it will allow them to respond more quickly to local market conditions and reduce lead time on product shipments.

“Fuji Electric’s U.S. Engineering team has been operating out of our original Roanoke, Virginia facility since June 2007, so when we decided to open a larger facility and expand our engineering and production efforts, Roanoke was a natural fit for our business,” said Philip Charatz, President and CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “The city has a strong manufacturing presence with a large pool of qualified, skilled employees, and this new facility will give us the ability to support our increasing Drives business along with our other growing divisions.”

Located at 105 14th Street NW just outside of downtown Roanoke, Fuji Electric has begun production on custom panels for Drives customers and will conduct assembly, witness testing and sales training on their newly released Uninterruptible Power Systems. Production on APS products will begin in November. 

“Today’s manufacturing trends require flexibility and rapid responses to customer’s evolving needs,” said Larry Butkovich, General Manager of the Roanoke facility. “Fuji Electric has a worldwide reputation for our engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and we look forward to using our century of experience to strengthen our presence in the U.S. market.”

Fuji Electric held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 2 to commemorate the opening, which was attended by facility employees as well as Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. President and Chairman Michihiro Kitazawa and the Mayor of Roanoke, David Bowers. 

“The City of Roanoke is pleased to see companies like Fuji Electric growing their business activities in our community,” said Mayor David Bowers. “The economic stimulation that results from this type of expansion is essential for the city to thrive, and it has a positive effect on everything from employment to local commerce.” 
Fuji Electric Corp. of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., and has been responsible for sales and distribution of the company’s products since 1970.  Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. has been developing power electronics equipment since 1923 and is a global leader in industrial products ranging from semiconductors, power supply, and power generation equipment to AC drives and uninterruptible power systems.

The River and Rail Makes Prestigious Dining List

The River and Rail in Roanoke might be a little busier the next few weeks. The Southern-style bistro on Crystal Spring Avenue, made Souther Living’s “100 Best Restaurants in the South” list this week.

River and Rail Named Top Food in South

The 100 best list highlights the top eateries in the South “right now,” according to Jennifer V. Cole, Southern Living deputy editor and restaurant scout. The feature highlights a signature item that every patron should order. Here’s what Southern Living picked from The River and Rail (and we couldn’t agree more):

“Jar of Pickles. Yes, it’s a simple dish—a snack really. But with these pickles, vegetables truly shine and offer a pitch-perfect example of the canning tradition. It’s just one of the many ways chef Aaron Deal deftly draws on the foodways of Appalachia to build his menu.”

Other Virginia restaurants making the list include Comfort (Richmond), Heritage (Richmond), Peter Chang China Cafe (Glen Allen), Restaurant Eve (Alexandria), The Roosevelt (Richmond), and The Shack (Staunton).

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Region’s Food Culture Featured in Destinations Travel Magazine

The Roanoke Region was featured in the May issue of Destinations Travel Magazine in a story titled, “In Search of Stars of the Star City.” Destinations Travel Magazine covers travel destinations, getaways, and recreation around the world featuring photo-centric stories and essays. 

Author Darlene Perrone traveled to Roanoke to take a culinary trek with Roanoke Food Tours, a walking tour of food artisans around the city. Stops on the tour featured in the story include Cedars Lebanese Restaurant, Little Green Hive, Texas Tavern, the City Market, and First & Sixth, among others. 

Although the culinary arts was the main focus of the trip, Perrone also found time to visit, and write about, the Mill Mountain Zoo, Hotel Roanoke, the region’s railroad heritage and the Mill Mountain Star. The article paints a lovely picture of region as both a culinary and cultural destination complete with great photos showcasing the sites.

Here is an excerpt: 

“Our food tour continued as we wove our way through the streets of historic downtown. As we did, we passed bistros, restaurants, cafes…it was a food Mecca.

Shortly after starting on this Historic Downtown Food and Cultural Tour, I decided Roanoke Food Tours was another of Star City’s rising stars.

Our tour guide, Larry, himself, skillfully wove the history, culture, and the food of this city in an adventure. There was no shortage of great food – and fun – on this tour.”

Read the full article and see the photos >>>