From the well-established to the brand new, economic development leaders in the region tell us which companies they believe are poised to thrive in 2022.
Virginia Metal Treating
111 Lynchpin Ln, Lynchburg • ecmtinc.com
In the fall of 2021, East Carolina Metal Treating—based in Raleigh, NC—expanded into Lynchburg, building a new facility in the Ivy Creek Innovation Park. Virginia Metal Treating offers heat treating and black oxide services and has a fleet of trucks running five days a week.
River Ridge Mall
3405 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg
There have been numerous interior and exterior updates to River Ridge Mall over the past few years, including a brand-new children’s play area, food court overhaul, SeaQuest interactive aquarium and more—and construction continues at this regional shopping destination in the coming year. Liberty University has a majority ownership of the mall; it is managed by JLL.
Sentry Equipment & Erectors, Inc.
13150 E Lynchburg Salem Tpk, Forest • sentryequipment.com
As a full-service provider of conveyor equipment and related container handling machinery, Sentry Equipment & Erectors saw their business grow amid the pandemic shutdowns. The company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021, has expanded to meet the need for increased beverage sales.
Damage Prevention Solutions
1185 E London Park Dr, Forest • damageprevention.com
At the close of 2021, Damage Prevention Solutions was in the final stages of completing its 10,000-square-foot production space in the New London Business and Technology Center park. The company that makes its well-known SignalTape® product and other innovative products will bring up to 45 full-time jobs to Bedford County over the next five years.
2940 Perrowville Rd, Forest • innerspec.com
Innerspec Technologies provides Non-Destructive Testing solutions that require high-power ultrasonic instrumentation, non-contact techniques (e.g. EMAT-Electro Magnetic Acoustic Transducer), or customized integrations. The company recently added 10,000 square feet of space for its non-destructive testing lab.
140 Union Hill Rd, Amherst
Camp Trapezium was one of two multi-year developments in Amherst County that were completed in 2021. The brewery is housed in the former Amherst Milling Co., built in 1890, and has been seeing a steady crowd since opening its doors last year.
123 Phelps Rd, Madison Heights
The Petersburg-based Waukeshaw Development has renovated the former Phelps Road school and turned it into The Westie, a pet-friendly apartment community, complete with a dog theme and pet-related amenities.
599 Patrick Henry Hwy, Amherst • wintonfarm.co
This 286-acre property was purchased from Amherst County in 2019 (formerly Winton Country Club) and Waukeshaw Development has been steadily investing in the property. It has an 18-hole golf course, historic manor house, pool, barn, and Airbnb.
197 Old Courthouse Rd, Appomattox • wolfbane.org
Wolfbane’s 15th season will be their biggest and best yet. A couple of highlights include an ultimate dance party with XANADU, where they will turn their indoor venue into an immersive skating rink. In 2022, they also plan to take visitors outdoors and, literally, Into the Woods with this 2022 Audience Choice Poll Winner and Stephen Sondheim Tony Award–winning classic.
Delta Response Team
175 West Ridge Ln, Appomattox • deltaresponseteam.com
Delta Response Team, located in the Appomattox Industrial Park, provides pre-hospital and inter-hospital medical transportation for patients with the highest standards of safety, patient care, and customer service. Units operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Central Virginia.
Bust A Move Dance Academy
109 Brookneal Hwy, Rustburg
This new dance school, opening in November 2021, brings the art of dance appreciation for all ages to the Rustburg area, offering weekly evening classes in a range of options. Bust A Move Dance Academy was awarded Campbell County’s first “Start Small Campbell Grant.”
103 Ogden Rd, Altavista • grahampackaging.com
A recent expansion allowed Graham Packaging to add another line and 12 additional jobs. Their plastic extrusion operation directly supports production at Abbott Labs as well as the bottles for International Delight.