Manufacturer’s outlook is pure growth

Delta Pure's recently completed expansion. (Photos courtesy of the Hanover County Economic Development Authority)

Delta Pure’s new addition. (Photos courtesy of the Hanover Economic Development Authority)

Hanover County’s hot streak continues.

Delta Pure, which produces liquid filtration cartridges, has made a $1 million investment to add 12,000 square feet and almost double the output at its Ashland production facility.

The company plans to add 10 to 15 employees over the next two years, following leaps in revenue of more than 80 percent in the past two years. It’s eyeing about $3 million for this year, growth company president Todd Furbee attributes to a strong market and late hours.

“Water purification is a growing market,” Furbee said. “And one of the things we do well is we operate 24 hours, so we provide very good deliveries compared to some of our competitors, which helps our growth.”

The company plans to add jobs in the next two years.

The company plans to add jobs in the next two years.

Delta Pure’s $1 million investment in its facility will pay for a recent building expansion and new equipment. The company was founded in 1983 at its Richardson Road warehouse. It employs 26 workers and operates five days a week.

Furbee said the improved facility should allow Delta Pure to boost production by about 40 percent. The company, which provides filter products to both consumer and industrial markets, specifically plans to expand on its line of melt blown cartridges, a type of sediment filter made entirely of polypropylene.

“There’s a growing market for this type of filter,” Furbee said. “There’s several people making it, but nobody in this area or on the East Coast, pretty much.”

Richmond-based Bass Steel Buildings was the general contractor for the expansion at Delta Pure’s building, which now totals about 30,000 square feet. The company has equipment on order that is schedule to be delivered in the coming months.

Furbee said the addition will be operational shortly after the new machinery is installed.

“We’ve got production capacity kind of maxed out, so we’re increasing that to fuel future growth,” he said.

Hanover County Economic Development helped Delta Pure through the planning process but did not provide any cash incentives, said county existing business manager Tommy Miller.

Delta Pure is the latest in a string of industrial firms to set up shop or expand in Hanover County. The Vitamin Shoppe on Oct. 16 unveiled a 311,000-square-foot distribution center in Ashland. Wine distributor Republic National Distributing Company has plans for a 200,000-plus-square-foot facility near the Vitamin Shoppe building.

Specialty Coating & Laminating, another Hanover-based industrial firm, was named the Richmond area’s fastest-growing business in Richmond BizSense’s inaugural RVA 25 list released in September. County Director of Economic Development Edwin Gaskin attributed Hanover’s manufacturing success to transportation access and competitive tax rates.

“We’re proud of the fact that we make stuff in Hanover County. We have a great manufacturing history and a tremendous number of advanced manufacturing companies,” Gaskin said. “That’s one of our targeted industries to continue to grow.”

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It appears to me that Ashland is on a roll, more so than Hanover County.