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Business and Growth

The Farmville area has a diversified economy, with the Town of Farmville serving as the hub of commercial activity for an eight-county region. The area has a service market in excess of 100,000 people. Numerous shopping centers and an historic downtown shopping district offer a retail selection to rival metropolitan areas.

Abundant forest resources foster diversified wood products, pulpwood, and sawmill industries. Tobacco, poultry and livestock comprise major agricultural components of the local economy. Manufacturing is still strong in the Farmville area, with several factories offering valuable job opportunities for skilled and non-skilled laborers.

The Farmville area offers excellent publicly owned site options for industrial and business locations in the Prince Edward County Business Park, the Farmville Industrial Park, and the Virginia’s Heartland Regional Park in Keysville.

The industrial base of the region includes, but is not limited to:

• Paris Ceramics USA, Inc. which manufactures high end stone tiles, countertops and specialty decorative stone items.

• Tri-Boro Shelving and Partition Corporation, a metal shelving and material handling products company.

• CMC Rebar Virginia which manufactures rebar for the construction industry.

• Gemini, Inc., a metal sign and lettering fabricator.

• STEPS, Inc. which offers recycling services and the STEPS Centre, its conference center.

• Riverside Industries, a German-based company manufacturing release agents and additives.

• Asal Lumber Company, a lumber company.

• J.R. Tharpe Trucking Co, Inc. and CF Marion Trucking Company, Inc, area trucking companies.

• Covance Research Products, animal research.

Non-manufacturing major employers include:

• Walmart
• Aramark Campus LLC
• Lowes Home Centers, Inc.
• Green Front Furniture Store
• McDonald’s
• Charley’s Waterfront Café
• YMCA
• Haley Automotive
• TJS Safety Training/AtWork Personnel

Health care major employers include:

• Holly Manor Nursing Home/ The Woodland Inc.
• Centra Health & Centra PACE
• Crossroads Services Board
• Trinity Mission of Farmville
• Home Recovery
• Helton House Inc.

Higher Education:

• Longwood University
• Hampden-Sydney College
• Southside Virginia Community College

Correctional Institutions/Immigration Detention:

• Piedmont Regional Jail
• Immigration Centers of America

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