Governor Youngkin announces HP Hood expansion

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Governor Glenn Youngkin revealed that HP Hood LLC is set to invest over $83.5 million into expanding its dairy processing operations in Frederick County.

This ambitious endeavor encompasses enhancements to production and packaging infrastructure, alongside the construction of supplementary cooler and warehouse facilities.

Such expansion not only facilitates the company’s business growth, but also underscores its commitment to a local market for Virginia dairy farms.

The expansion will provide increased production capacity and fund technology that will enable Hood to produce new products in response to growing customer demand.

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Dominion Ridge Academy announces big plans

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Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA) is preparing to expand their private Christian educational services at a 9-hole golf course in Warren County.

This non-denominational school teaches preschool through 12th grade currently at New Bible Church on New Lake Avenue. 

Richard Runyon, owner of the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club who recently bought the adjacent Bowling Green golf course, offered part of the Bowling Green property to the academy for its expansion.

DRA will need a conditional-use permit in order to build a school on the property.

At a recent EDA meeting, academy founder Lorraine Hewitt, and Michael Graham, interim chairman, talked to the authority about the expansion plans.

The representatives and board members talked at the special meeting about possible partnerships the school may have with the EDA, the town and county governments or outside agencies for funding opportunities.

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LFCC announced expansion at the Fauquier Campus

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In an email from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) it was announced that thanks to a land donation expansion at Fauquier Campus is now possible.

The construction at the Fauquier Campus is expected to begin in February and be ready for classes this coming fall.

The 8,000 square foot facility will be built on 60 acres of gifted property in Fauquier County.

The Fauquier Campus addition will offer a number of trades classes including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC education.

A Building the Future Fund has been established to help with funding equipment needed for the trade skills training.

To find out more about the fundraising contact Tami O’Brien at or call (540) 351-1046 for more information.

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LFCC expands for Workforce Solutions

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An email from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) tells that the Alison H. Smith Hall expansion should be complete by May of 2022.

The expansion taking place at the Middletown Campus will allow Workforce Solutions expand their high demand program.

The Workforce Solutions Mechatronics programs teach students how to maintain smart technology used in area manufacturing.

The 3,500 square foot addition to the school is expected to be open and offering classes by the fall of 2022.

According to the email students who complete just the first level of Mechatronics could earn $40,000 annually.

Additional information on the program being offered is available here.

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VA. Gov. Northam breaks ground in Warren Co. for expansion

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An email from Virginia’s Governor Northam announced the expansion of a Warren County facility.

The Governor helped break ground for the Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods facility’s expansion at the Virginia Inland Port Authority in Warren County.

The new 126,000 square foot facility will provide almost 70 new jobs for the region.

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods supplies frozen fruits and vegetables throughout the United States and Canada.

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods will invest $40.3 million to expand in Warren County at the Virginia Inland Port Authority.

Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority Chair Jeffrey Browne said the expansion helps solidify Warren County’s reputation as international manufacturing center in the food industry.

Virginia Port Authority Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Stephen Edwards said the port is proud to provide unparalleled port access into the Shenandoah Valley.

Edwards went on to say Nature’s Touch’s continued investment and job creation within the commonwealth paired with our infrastructure investments ensure Virginia remains the nation’s leading business destination for years to come.

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