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Georgia-Pacific mill celebrates 125th anniversary by Veronica Garabelli


eorgia-Pacifi c’s Big Island mill in Bedford

County is marking a major milestone this year.

T e mill, which makes containerboard, has been operating for 125 years. Like many manufacturing sites, it employs fewer people than it used to because of recent technological advancements. Its work- force today numbers 330 workers, down from 450 in the mid-1990s. Nonetheless, it

remains the second- largest private employer in Bedford County. “We have not had

… any layoff s and have been able to deal with this through attrition as employees retired,” says Zoe S. Myers, the mill’s public aff airs manager. She recently wrote a book for the anniver- sary, titled “A Mill and its People: 125 Years of Papermaking.” T e book out-

lines the mill’s history. Built on the banks of the James River over a


Afton Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of Richmond-based NewMarket Corp., has invested in a petroleum-additive plant in Brazil. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The plant at Bayer Industrial Park, in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, will be operated by Afton Chemical Indústria de Aditivos Ltda — a Brazil-based subsidiary of Afton, which makes chemical additives for petroleum products. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Eastern Virginia Bankshares Inc., the parent company of EVB bank, is relocating its headquarters to the Innsbrook business park in Glen Allen. The company expects to move in early fall, but EVB’s main bank office will remain in Tappahannock. (

Photo courtesy Georgia-Pacific

former lock in a 19th- century canal system, the mill produced its fi rst roll of paper in 1891. Since then, it has faced several challenges, some of which threatened its existence. T e mill, for ex-

ample, was rebuilt after it burned to the ground in 1914. Also, employees and the Big Island com- munity rallied to reopen the mill in 1985 when fl ooding from Hurricane Juan caused a temporary shutdown. “T at’s a key event

because it would have been so easy to say, ‘T ere’s no way we’re going to get this mill up and running again,’” Myers says. T e mill also has

been through many ownership changes in 125 years. Since 1990 it has been owned by Atlanta-based Georgia- Pacifi c Corp., which was acquired by Koch Industries more than a decade ago.

In addition to the

publication of Myers’ book, Georgia-Pacifi c

The holding company for Henrico County-based specialty insurance provider Kinsale Insurance Co. plans an initial public offering that could raise up to $100 million. Kinsale Capital Group Inc. filed registration documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 1 to sell stock to the public. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Pacific Life Insurance Co. has completed the purchase of a new term life insurance platform from Henrico County- based Genworth Financial and will establish a business center in Lynchburg. The Newport Beach, Calif., company expects to create 300 jobs during the next three years in Lynchburg. It expects to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2016. Genworth said in February that it was ending the sale of term life insurance and fixed-

During its long history, the Big Island mill’s employees have represented many generations of family members.

is celebrating the mill’s anniversary through a series of events throughout the year, culminating with “Fine & Dandy Day” on Oct. 8. T e event will feature antique automobiles and machinery plus live music, food trucks, children’s activities and a beer garden.

Although Georgia-

Pacifi c is celebrating the mill’s history, it’s also looking ahead. Last year the company completed a $50 million expan- sion of its pulp mill, the oldest part of the plant. Myers couldn’t share

annuity products, saying it would lay off 200 employees in Lynchburg and 70 at its Henrico County headquarters. (Virginia -

Standard Insurance Co. plans to open an office in Altavista, which it expects to employ 200 people by 2019. The Portland, Ore.-based company, whose marketing name is The Standard, plans for the office to be operational in September. Standard sells insurance products for groups and individuals, retirement plans products and services, and individual annuities. (


Deborah Davis will succeed the retiring John Duval as CEO of VCU Health System Hospitals and Clinics, as well as vice president for clinical affairs at Virginia Commonwealth

specifi cs about the proj- ect but says the goal was to improve reliability and upgrade technology. T e Big Island mill also celebrated another milestone last year. It hired its fi rst fi fth- generation employee, Hunter Tolley, whose father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather worked at the mill. “We are always looking for ways to innovate … so we can stay competitive and

continue to employ the good people that work here,” Myers says.

University. Davis has been chief operating officer of VCU Health and VCU Hospitals for nine years. The change will be effective Oct. 1. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Mark Every has joined Richmond-based West Creek Financial as chief operating officer. Every’s career includes eight years with AMF Bakery Systems, leading operations and manufacturing facilities across North America. (

Gary M. Gore, a former Virginia president of Bank of America and mid-Atlantic region executive for U.S. Trust, has launched ACIMA Private Wealth, a Richmond-based wealth management firm. (

Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, will succeed

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Maurice Jones as secretary of commerce and trade in September. Jones will become CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corp. (

Richmond-based Brink’s Co. has named Douglas A. Pertz CEO and president. Pertz was CEO of Recall Holdings Ltd. He succeeds George I. Stoeckert, who has been interim CEO since the retirement of Thomas Schievelbein on May 6. (News release)

Richmond-based Capital Square 1031 LLC has named Richard Stanard chief financial officer. Stanard joins

Capital Square 1031 from HITT Contracting Inc. where he was CFO and treasurer for 13 years. (


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