Daikin Applied // Larry Kroggel
A veteran to the area, Daikin Applied remains a flourishing company in the Shenandoah Valley. "We are the only Daikin plant that manufactures chillers," says Director of Human Resources Larry Kroggel. Daikin's products are found worldwide and in numerous businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.
In 2013 a $9.2 million expansion at the Augusta County plant was underway. "I think when Daikin headquarters looked at the success in our facility, our powerful workforce and the support that the business community receives, it was an easy decision to choose Augusta County for the expansion," says Kroggel. The expansion resulted in a new test stand facility for Daikin Applied, giving them the capability to test more units, which allowed them to make and sell more. "In a 3 to 4 year period we will be able to add 50 new jobs. More importantly though, this expansion will further stabilize the jobs that we already have," says Kroggel.
Farm Credit of the Virginias // Scot Lilly
Farm Credit of the Virginias is a lending cooperative specializing in loans to farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents. We are part of the nationwide Farm Credit System established in 1916. We offer a full range of loan and financial products for our customers including fixed interest rates for long term loans. Nearly 100 years in business coupled with our knowledge of agriculture and rural communities helps us fulfill our mission statement to “Be Rural America’s Customer-Owned Partner.”
Interchange // Devon Anders
Devon Anders understands the importance of partnerships. At InterChange, partnerships are an important component of business development and community support.
In an effort to solve a packaging problem for local manufacturer Whitewave Foods, InterChange partnered with Friendship Industries to create a repacking service in one of InterChange’s refrigerated warehouses. As a result of this endeavor, InterChange received organic certification for repack services from QAI Inc., the leading certifier of organic facilities. The partnership with InterChange also allowed Friendship Industries to further their mission of providing employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities and barriers to employment.
Draper Aden Associates // Deborah Flippo
Draper Aden Associates has invested in the Shenandoah Valley Partnership since 2008, because our firm strongly believes in supporting local and regional economic development organizations. That support comes through more than a monetary investment in the region – but commitments of our time, knowledge and other resources as they are needed. And our experience proves that the return on our investment is there. We are offered opportunities to network with leadership and decision-makers of local businesses, local government, educational institutions, and representatives of state government. Ilove the fun, collegial atmosphere at SVP’s networking events!
Countryside Service // Frank Root
I recently had the privilege to be part of a team representing the Shenandoah Valley Partnership and the I-81 Corridor Group at the CoreNet Global Summit (Corporate Real Estate Network) in Chicago. It was a great trip, I learned a lot, and I came home more convinced than ever on three points:
First – I am convinced that the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (and the I-81 Corridor Group) is a great investment. Consultants and site selectors at CoreNet had a consistent message: They work only with regional economic groups, not with individual localities. The only way any locality has a good shot at attracting industry is by being involved with regional economic development groups.
Union Bank & Trust // Greg Godsey
Union Bank & Trust invests in SVP as we believe strongly in supporting regional economic development in the Shenandoah Valley. Through SVP, economic development for the region is effectively coordinated through the state with regional localities in a cooperative manner. SVP is engaged in workforce development initiatives which enhance the coordination and connection of employers and potential employees in the region.