Newsletter Winter –2013

Toll Integrated Systems to Open New Building Component Manufacturing Facility in Culpeper
 

Keith Fell, Director of Manufacturing at Toll Integrated Systems, a division of Toll Brothers, Inc., recently announced that the Company plans to expand its manufacturing presence into Culpeper County. Toll Integrated Systems will occupy and modernize a vacant manufacturing facility on Maddox Drive in the town of Culpeper. This new manufacturing facility, projected to begin operations in summer 2013, will increase Toll Integrated Systems’ ability to provide roof trusses, wall panels, and other building materials to Toll Brothers communities in the Northern Virginia and Maryland markets. Once fully operational, it is expected to bring 30 jobs immediately to the Culpeper area, with more growth anticipated.

"As the housing market improves and continues to grow, we expect to expand our Culpeper facility and add additional employees there to meet the demand. Culpeper is a wonderful community and we worked closely with the Town and County to insure that this facility and this location would maximize our opportunities for growth and success," Fell said.

Sue Hansohn, Chairperson of the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors said, "It is always wonderful news to hear that another business has decided to call Culpeper its home. We look forward to the new job opportunities and investment Toll Integrated Systems will bring to our county."

Chip Colman, Mayor of the Town of Culpeper noted, "Culpeper is a great place to live and we are extremely happy to have Toll Integrated Systems creating jobs and doing business in our community. We look forward to a long and special relationship with them."

Toll Brothers has been in business for more than 45 years. Toll Integrated Systems, a division of Toll Brothers, has been providing quality home building products and services for nearly 25 years and currently operates three manufacturing facilities across the USA: Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Emporia Virginia; and Knox, Indiana, manufacturing housing components used by Toll Brothers.

Toll Brothers, Inc. is the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. The Company began business in 1967 and became a public company in 1986. Its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TOL." The Company serves move–up, empty–nester, active–adult, and second–home buyers and operates nationwide.

Toll Brothers builds luxury single–family detached and attached home communities; master planned luxury residential, resort–style golf communities; and urban low–, mid–, and high–rise communities, principally on land it develops and improves. The Company operates its own architectural, engineering, mortgage, title, land development and land sale, golf course development and management, home security, and landscape subsidiaries.

The Company was named 2012 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine and becomes the first builder to win this honor twice. Toll Brothers is honored to have won two other coveted awards in the home building industry as well: America’s Best Builder and the National Housing Quality Award. The Company was also ranked #1 in 2011 and 2010 in Financial Soundness, Long–Term Investment, and Quality of Products/Services in FORTUNE magazine’s annual World’s Most Admired Companies survey in the home building category.

Toll Brothers proudly supports the communities in which it builds; among other philanthropic pursuits, the Company sponsors the Toll Brothers – Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, bringing opera to neighborhoods throughout the world. For more information, visit TollBrothers.com.

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In the Zone: New Foreign Trade Zone Status For Greater Flexibility

 

Culpeper County is constantly looking for ways to help its businesses create jobs and expand their operations. In hopes of making it even easier and faster for businesses to take advantage of Culpeper’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), the county recently filed an application with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign-Trade Zones Board to amend Culpeper’s FTZ management plan to an Alternative Site Framework (ASF). Under the ASF, foreign–trade zone grantees have greater flexibility in meeting requests for zone status, while making the FTZ application process easier and less expensive.

One of the aspects of the Alternative Site Framework is that FTZ Grantees, such as Culpeper County, must designate a "Service Area" in which the Grantee agrees to extend the efficiencies of the ASF approach and provide foreign–trade service. Culpeper’s ASF Service Area consists of 21 contiguous counties throughout central Virginia.

"Our FTZ has been providing our internationally–focused businesses with significant competitive advantages for more than 20 years," said Carl Sachs, Culpeper County’s director of economic development. "By amending our plan to an Alternative Site Framework, we’ll be able to extend the advantages of our Foreign Trade Zone to even more businesses."

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a site within the United States where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered to be in international commerce. As such, merchandise may enter this zone without formal Customs entry or the payment of Customs duties or government excise taxes. Duties and excise taxes are paid – often at lower rates, when the imported goods leave the foreign–trade zone and enter U.S. commerce.

On May 22, 1992, Culpeper County received approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce for General Purpose Trade Zone #185. As one of Virginia’s five strategically–placed Foreign Trade Zones, Culpeper’s FTZ allows companies to improve the cost competitiveness of their U.S.–based operations vis–á–vis their foreign–based competitors.

"It’s kind of ironic. Historically Culpeper was known for its light manufacturing and agricultural excellence," remarked Mr. Sachs. "However, in recent years, we’ve become a key player in high–tech. With Terremark’s state–of–the–art data center campus, and the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio–Visual Conservation (see profile below), folks unfamiliar with Culpeper sometimes now see us as a high–tech business magnet. The truth is, we actually offer the best of both digital and the tangible world. We have a strong manufacturing and agricultural heritage backed by a skilled and talented workforce. And we offer a high–tech infrastructure (abundant power, fiber optics, water) and workforce to support the most advanced technology."

"Our FTZ and new Alternative Site Framework will play a key role in ensuring that our time–honored tradition of actually building, and growing, tangible products continues to thrive right along side of successes in cyberspace," concluded Mr. Sachs.

To learn more about Culpeper’s Foreign Trade Zone #185, and the new benefits of Alternative Site Framework, call Carl Sachs at 1.540.727.3410 or email csachs@culpepercounty.gov.

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Fine Hardwood Furniture, Proudly Made in Culpeper USA

Hardwood Artisans Moves Manufacturing to Culpeper

In the months that have transpired since one of the East Coast’s finest makers of hardwood furniture relocated its manufacturing operations to Culpeper, Hardwood Artisan’s employees have barely had a chance to sit down. (A feat that is doubly–challenging once you’ve experienced the pleasure of "test–rocking" one of the company’s signature solid mahogany Bungalow Rockers.)

Hardwood Artisans started out in 1976 as a simple two–man shop with a router, Skilsaw, hand sander, and drill. Today the firm operates four retail showrooms in the Greater Washington, DC metro area. Hardwood Artisans’ product portfolio now features more than 800 items, ranging from an elegant plant stand to an elaborate, custom–installed wall system all using traditional joinery and beautiful hardwoods. Every piece is lovingly hand–finished to produce a magical item that is a pleasure to touch and own.

After years of steady growth, hard work, hardwood, and an uncompromising attention to detail paid off. Hardwood Artisans had outgrown their Northern Virginia manufacturing facility. As they explored their options, they discovered and fell in love with Culpeper.

The reasons for the firm’s move to Culpeper exemplify the Culpeper advantage. First, located just 60 miles south of the Capital Beltway, Culpeper is an easy drive to the firm’s Washington area showrooms. Secondly, Culpeper’s exceptional real estate values meant Hardwood Artisans could get more facility for significantly less than in the neighboring Virginia and Maryland suburbs. In addition, Culpeper offers a skilled workforce, genuine hometown atmosphere and local government that truly understands and values businesses.

In October, Congressman Eric Cantor (VA–07) toured the Hardwood Artisans newly–renovated facility and watched Hardwood Artisans’ artisans at work. "Hardwood Artisans is an American small business success story," Congressman Cantor stated on his website. "What started as a simple desire to create and build a business has grown into a thriving manufacturing company whose work and craftsmanship is remarkable."

"Yesterday, I met with the men and women who worked hard to make that dream a reality, first in Northern Virginia and now Culpeper. One of the reasons they relocated was Culpeper’s business friendly environment," Congressman Cantor continued. "This environment can be created across the country, not just in Culpeper, if we keep taxes low and remove burdensome red tape. This will make it easier for more small business owners to invest their capital, create good jobs and get people back to work." Watch a video of the Congressman’s video here.

Hardwood Artisans’ move also illustrates the kind of balanced environment found in Culpeper – a balance that is disappearing in many communities. Combining light manufacturing, agriculture and high–technology, Culpeper’s geography, technology, and quality of life (see the Davis Street article below) have converged to make it one of the premier business locations in the mid–Atlantic region.

Hardwood Artisan’s Culpeper Shop & Showroom is located in the Culpeper Industrial Airpark. They are open for shop tours and friendly visits from 9am – 4pm Monday through Saturday. To learn about Hardwood Artisans visit www.hardwoodartisans.com.

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Business Spotlight: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center

Preserving Hollywood History in Virginia's Foothills.

The National Audio–Visual Conservation Center, also known as the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, is the Library of Congress’ audiovisual archive located inside Mount Pony in Culpeper. However, what is now a guardian of entertainment history was once a relic of the Cold War.

From Cold War to Conservation
From 1969 to 1988, Mount Pony was the site of a high security storage facility operated by Federal Reserve Board. At the time, the complex featured 140,000 square feet of radiation hardened bunker with lead–lined shutters and 12" thick steel–reinforced concrete walls. Until 1988, more than $1 billion in US currency was stored in the facility to be used to reactivate the economy after a nuclear attack. From 1988 to 1992 the facility also served as a Continuity of Government facility equipped to support a staff of 540 for 30 days.

With the approval of the United States Congress in 1997, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation purchased the campus from the Federal Reserve Bank for $5.5 million, on behalf of the Library of Congress. With a further $160 million from the Packard Humanities Institute and $90 million from Congress, the facility was transformed into the National Audio–Visual Conservation Center, which completed construction in mid–2007. After transfer of the bulk of archives, the campus opened its motion picture theater to the public in Fall 2008. Its mission: to develop, preserve and provide broad access to a comprehensive and valued collection of the world’s audiovisual heritage for the benefit of Congress and the nation’s citizens.

From its Cold War beginnings, Mount Pony now has the distinction of housing the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings.

Today the 45-acre Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center houses all 6.9 million pieces of the Library's movie, television and sound collections. Packard Campus Video Recognized for its stunning architectural design and beautiful grounds and landscaping, the Packard Campus is a state-of-the-art 415,000 square foot facility dedicated to preserving the world’s largest collection of audio-visual recordings. The campus contains more than 100 miles of shelving, 35 large climate controlled vaults for moving image and sound recordings, and 124 smaller individual vaults for nitrate film, as well as a 206-seat theater. Watch a video on the Packard Campus here.

A Moving Place to Catch a Film
The Packard Campus theater features a dazzling array of cinematic delights, in a gorgeous, Art Deco–style theater with superlative sound, state–of–the–art film projection, and comfortable seating. Screenings offer a celebration of classic American films, many of which have been named to the National Film Registry. The theater is open to the public typically featuring three shows a week: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at either 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. You can view a schedule of upcoming events here.

To learn more about the Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, visit http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/

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Davis Street Continues Its Road to Fame

Top Ten in 2011, Top Five in 2012

Following-up on its 2011 recognition as one of the American Planning Association’s 10 Great Streets in America, Culpeper’s Davis Street was recently named one of five recipients of The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).

GAMSA winners are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing the nation’s historic Main Street commercial districts. The winners are selected by a national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, representatives from government and foundations, and journalists who are active in community economic development and historic preservation.

The driving force behind the revitalization of Davis Street, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., was honored at the Main Street Awards Ceremony during the National Main Streets Conference in Baltimore. In announcing the 2012 winners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation congratulated the recipients for succeeding in "generating economic vitality, fostering a unique sense of place, and engaging key stakeholders in planning their community’s future. Under strong leadership by a local Main Street organization and in close partnership with residents, the business community and local government, these communities have excelled at both cultivating economic development and retaining the character and historic fabric that makes that community special."

"Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. has asserted this historic downtown’s appeal by investing in its southern charm and eclectic small businesses—helping to guide its recovery from a 2011 earthquake."

To be selected for the prestigious GAMSA award, the recipient must demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening its downtown and commercial district based on the following criteria:

  • Active involvement of the public and private sectors;
  • Broad–based community support for the revitalization effort;
  • Quality of achievements over time;
  • Innovative solutions to significant problems;
  • Commitment to historic preservation;
  • Evolving track record of successful commercial district revitalization;
  • Comprehensive revitalization effort: activity in all four points of the Main Street Four–Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization;
  • Economic impact of the revitalization program; and
  • Successful small business development.

The Great American Main Street Award is further illustration of the balance found in Culpeper. While firmly embracing the dynamics of the new economy, Culpeper has retained its hometown atmosphere and charm. For high–technology and light manufacturing firms alike, Culpeper offers crucial business advantages, such as a skilled and educated workforce, abundant and reliable power, robust fiber optics, and attractive real estate values. Culpeper also boasts a truly exceptional quality of life, excellent schools, outstanding services and low taxes.

It is the best of all worlds. Culpeper is close enough to the Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, and Norfolk/Hampton Roads international business corridors to do business face–to–face or in cyberspace. Yet, Culpeper also boasts a modern–day quality of life, based on more than a 250–year tradition of harmony and hard work, honesty, and hospitality. Culpeper, Virginia, truly is a place where light–speed business and star–filled skies coexist beautifully.

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