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Hampton Farms Announces $5.735 Million Plant Expansion
October 16, 2018

Hampton Farms, a division of Severn Peanut Company, Inc., has announced that the firm will invest $5.735 million to install a bulk peanut butter production line at its peanut processing operation in Southampton County. As a result of this expansion, the company will increase its purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by an additional $6 million, or 12 million pounds over the next three years.

Hampton Farms is well known for its extensive line of in-shell peanuts, gourmet peanuts, and nut butters sold under its own Hampton Farms label, as well as under private labels, and most notably, all in-shell peanuts for Major League Baseball. This expansion allows the company to increase sales to food manufacturers and institutional customers filling large format orders ranging from five-pound pails to 1,700-pound totes.

According to a statement released by Governor Ralph Northam, “Investments like these spread new jobs and economic vitality to our rural communities, while also creating important market opportunities for our farmers. This is another great win for the Commonwealth’s thriving food and beverage industry, for this region, and for the Virginia economy. I congratulate Hampton Farms on this important expansion and thank them for their continued growth and investment in the Commonwealth.”

“Hampton Farms is appreciative of the support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and Southampton County,” said President and CEO of Hampton Farms Dallas Barnes. “We are pleased to announce we will be moving additional production to the Franklin, Virginia facility and as a result we will be creating 14 new jobs. The new machinery and equipment, and additional production capacity will allow us to better service our customers and consumers. Our sincere thanks to Amanda Jarratt and Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc., the Commonwealth, Southampton County and the City of Franklin.”

The Commonwealth partnered with Southampton County and Hampton Farms on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and made to businesses that add value to Virginia-grown agricultural and forestall products.

Governor Northam approved a $100,000 grant from the AFID Fund, which Southampton County will match with local funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

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Hampton Farms Announces $5.735 Million Plant Expansion
October 16, 2018

Firm announces expansion of its peanut processing operation in Southampton County, Virginia.

ASHRAE Issues Call For Comment - Addenda to Standard 34-2016
October 16, 2018

Public and stakeholder review and comment sought for the purpose of developing consensus standards.

ClimateMaster Announces New Virginia Representation
October 15, 2018

Firm selects new Virginia representative for its innovative and energy efficient heating and cooling systems.

AHRI Announces Active Chilled Beam Webcast
October 15, 2018

Webcast will include an overview of active chilled beam basic operation principles, as well as air side regulation methods for CAV and VAV chilled beams.

Computing Techniques Support Emergency Responders
October 12, 2018

As hurricanes barrel toward the coastlines and wildfires rage in arid regions of the United States, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are providing critical geospatial data…

University Alliances Work To Improve Diversity In STEM
October 12, 2018

Funded for a third phase by a five-year, $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant beginning fall 2018, the Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) will…

24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference Scheduled
October 11, 2018

Set to the theme of “Next Gen Transportation: Preparing Industry for Tomorrow, Today,” the 2018 conference will cover a wide range of transportation subjects, distributed across five key tracks…

Super-Hydrophobic Surface Developed
October 11, 2018

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a super-hydrophobic surface that can be used to generate electrical voltage.

New Publication Assists Engineers In Forensic Investigations
October 9, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) new book, Guidelines for Failure Investigation, Second Edition, outlines five fundamental steps…

Online Training On New Fan-Efficiency Metric Developed
October 9, 2018

Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International Inc. announces that, in collaboration with training and consulting company Productive Energy Solutions, it has developed two peer-reviewed online…

2nd Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium Scheduled
October 8, 2018

The Ridge & Valley Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a conference on October 9-10 in Blacksburg, VA to explore the state of…

ASHRAE Issues Call For Comment - Standard 139-2015R
October 8, 2018

Public and stakeholder review and comment sought for the purpose of developing consensus standards.

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