Empire Bakery Commissary to Create 75 New Jobs

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Empire Bakery Commissary, LLC, a commercial producer of ready-made cakes, cookies, and desserts, announced an expansion that will double its capacity, creating 75 new jobs in Franklin County.

The company is investing $10.4 million, including $2.3 million in new equipment, to add 32,000 square feet to its Rocky Mount facility and renovate an additional 12,000 square feet to serve more customers.

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Region Featured in National Recreation and Park Association Report

nrpa case study roanoke reportThe Roanoke Regional Partnership and Roanoke Outside are featured as a successful case study in a just-released National Recreation and Park Association report, Promoting Parks and Recreation’s Role in Economic Development

The report acknowledges that Roanoke Outside, working with the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation and other parks departments “have helped establish a new brand for the Roanoke Region.”

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Governor Northam Announces 31 New Jobs in the City of Covington

Governor Ralph Northam announced that SchaeferRolls, Inc., a producer of polymer-based roll covers and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, will invest $12 million to establish a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in the City of Covington. The company will be the local supplier to paper and packaging manufacturer WestRock Company’s plant. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the project, which will create 31 new jobs.

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RAMP, Regional Accelerator, Welcomes New Business Cohort

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Innovation is brewing at RAMP, Roanoke’s regional business acceleration and mentoring program, which announced its latest cohort of startups. Eight companies were chosen for their ability to expand and create jobs within the impactful STEM-H field. The program begins May 15 in the RAMP building in downtown Roanoke.

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