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Company Announces $1.4 Million Investment To Expand Operations
December 4, 2020

Grayson Natural Farms, LLC, a producer of the Landcrafted Food grass-fed, organic meat snacks brand, has announced the company will invest $1.5 million to expand its smokehouse and production operation in Grayson County, Virginia. The company will add 35,000 square feet to its existing manufacturing facility located at 226 Industrial Lane in the Town of Independence.

Grayson Natural Farms operates under the Landcrafted Food brand, made up of a group of pioneering farmers focused on producing wholesome, organic, grass-fed beef. Landcrafted Food is on a mission to bring economic sustainability back to family farmers through the development and distribution of quality foods, with the goal of becoming the only national brand of grass-fed meat snacks that both raises cattle and manufactures its own products. Made from responsibly-sourced ingredients, including grass-fed beef that is raised humanely on its small consortium of farms, Landcrafted Food products have no added hormones or antibiotics and are gluten-free and GMO-free. The company opened its smokehouse and production facility in Independence, Virginia in 2017.

“I fell in love with the rolling hills of Virginia 40 years ago and appreciate the history, the quality of life, and the people in the area,” said Charlotte Hanes, owner of Grayson Natural Farms. “To me, Virginia is home and a place where we can help our small communities build upon tradition, save family farms, and create work for people who care. Our management team is experienced and has expanded other food companies in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and other states along the East Coast. We sat together and finally decided that this is where we want to be as we grow a stable workforce committed to building a national brand.”

“The success of existing businesses is paramount to Virginia’s economic recovery, and we remain committed to helping them thrive amid these trying times,” remarked Governor Ralph S. Northam in response to the announcement. “Our Commonwealth has built a strong reputation as a leader in the food and beverage sector, and the continued growth of Grayson Natural Farms in Southwest Virginia is a testament to the many competitive advantages that make this region appealing for expanding companies like Grayson Natural Farms.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Grayson County, Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance, and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Grayson County with the project. The company is eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, as well as the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which provides consultative services and is administered by VEDP.

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Company Announces $1.4 Million Investment To Expand Operations
December 4, 2020

Investment will enable the addition of 35,000 square feet to its existing manufacturing facility.

Winners of 2020 Emerging Technology Awards Announced
December 4, 2020

Focus on innovative technologies in response to COVID-19 was common theme.

Experiment In Space To Study Mudslides
December 3, 2020

Engineers are trying to better understand the role gravity plays in mudslides.

New Technique Enhances Optical Design Flexibility
December 3, 2020

Researchers have used multi-material 3D printing to create tailored gradient refractive index glass optics…

Announcing ASCE Reproducible Results Option
December 2, 2020

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced a new program with the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (JWRPM) that will recognize…

$1.4 Million In IRF Awards Announced
December 2, 2020

Awards will provide gap financing to leverage local and private resources to achieve market-driven redevelopment of deteriorated structures.

Novel Catalyst That Converts Ethanol Developed
December 1, 2020

Scientists have developed a novel catalyst that converts ethanol into C5+ ketones that can serve as building blocks for…

Technique Developed To 3D Print Biomedical Parts
December 1, 2020

3D printing technique developed that creates cellular metallic materials by smashing together powder particles at supersonic speed.

School HVAC Retrofits Intended To Mitigate COVID Transmission
November 30, 2020

As Washington’s students, teachers and administrators prepare for their eventual return to the classroom…

Predictive Model Developed For Energy Harvester Device
November 30, 2020

A small energy harvesting device that can transform subtle mechanical vibrations into electrical energy could be used to power…

New Solvent-Based Recycling Process Developed
November 27, 2020

Multilayer plastic materials are ubiquitous in food and medical supply packaging…

Graphene-based Memristors Studied For Brain-based Computing
November 27, 2020

A team of engineers is attempting to pioneer a type of computing that mimics the efficiency of the brain’s neural networks…

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