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Bedford Business First
Your news update from the Bedford County Office of Economic Development - May-June 2014
Business Programs Coordinator Announced
 Jessica Hupp has been appointed Business Programs Coordinator in the Office of Economic Development. She started her position in April, replacing Diana Cocke who retired from the position.
Jessica holds a bachelors degree in Communication Studies from James Madison University and most recently served as an Administrative and Marketing Coordinator for Central Virginia Surface Solutions, Inc. of Bedford County.
Jessica will be responsible for various office management tasks and will coordinate the Bedford One Program. She will also provide support to the EDA and the Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board, and coordinate economic development programs.

Please join me in welcoming jessica to her new role. She can be reached at [email protected].
- Traci Blido
Director, Economic Development

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Please join us!

Bedford Business Roundtable to be held Thurs., June 12


Be a part of our next business roundtable on Thursday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Bedford Welcome Center and share your latest business news as we go around the table!


Additionally, Traci Blido, Economic Development Director, will provide a short update on business news in the county and Roger Whyte, CEO of LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, a new company to Bedford, will demonstrate its LED light engine technology and share why they chose to locate to Bedford County.


Please RSVP by Monday, June 9, to Jessica Hupp, Business Programs Coordinator, at 540-587-5670 or

[email protected] to reserve your seat! Breakfast is complimentary so don't miss it!


Business and job growth in Bedford  


The Bedford City reversion to town status, nearly a year ago in

State officials from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership tour Central Virginia Manufacturing with co-owner Chris Markham.
July, set the tone for a dynamic year for economic development in Bedford County. The county has seen some exciting growth in new businesses and jobs, which is apparent in the decreased unemployment rate of 5.4%, 0.4% lower than the previous year. 

Listed below are a few examples of the business growth experienced in the 2013-2014 fiscal year:
  • Matrixx Group, a Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. company, expanded its production to a 4-shift, 24/7 operation, while adding 9 new jobs in Feb. 2014.

LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, a Connecticut-based light-emitting diode (LED) company located to Bedford County in Jan. 2014 (currently in the Little Otter Industrial Park) with the promise of 40 new jobs in the next 3 years.

The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV)
celebrated the naming of the "Bedford Artisan Trail" in Jan. 2014, giving local artists and businesses an opportunity to showcase their treasures statewide.

Central Virginia Manufacturing (CVM)
, a new metal fabrication business, moved into the former Winn Dixie in April. CVM, now with 18 employees, has added a second shift just a year after its initial start.  


Simplimatic Automation is now breaking ground in the New London Business and Technology Center park after announcing plans to build a 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Oct. 2013.

Blue Ridge Optics
won the 2013 Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards competition at the Darden School of Business at UVA in Oct. 2013. This prestigious award is given to only a handful of small businesses in the state who have endured downturns in economically challenged communities due to their dedication and persistence.

Valley Processing began producing rubber products again during this year at the former Rubatex facility and have hired more than a dozen employees so far. They currently have two job openings posted at the Virginia Employment Commission. 

FEVA's new weld shop now fully operational  


Steve Wilkerson, left, checks out a lift truck on a recent tour of FEVA.

Forestry Equipment of Virginia (FEVA) has successfully completed its new 42,000 square foot weld shop facility on its 23-acre site in Forest and has hired nearly 60 new employees since it announced the $3 million expansion in 2012. FEVA has grown from 17 employees in 2008 to 126 employees today.  Read more.



Bedford One Program completes 6th successful year
Students tour Bedford Memorial Hospital.
 Bedford One Program just finished up its sixth successful 
year of informing local students about career possibilities in our region. The program links junior and senior high school students with local businesses based upon their career interests. This year, over 100 students toured local businesses. Read more.


Bedford County Office of Economic Development
Traci Blido, Director