Lynchburg's Diverse Business Climate Generates a Center of Industry

By Hollie Deese on April 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young

With businesses that encompass areas from high-tech nuclear technology to fragrances and beauty aids, the economy remains strong in the Lynchburg area.

The nuclear power industry constitutes an abundance of jobs here. Paris-based Areva leads the world in nuclear technology, and its Areva NP North American headquarters is located in Lynchburg. With more than 1,500 employees, the outpost contributes to the advancements and proficiency in nuclear engineering, refueling, equipment supply and maintenance for power facilities.

Also headquartered here, the Babcock & Wilcox Company Nuclear Operations is in a similar field, providing innovative solutions and products in a variety of arenas, including component design and supply for the U.S. government.

Manufacturing is also big business. C.B. Fleet houses its 290,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Lynchburg, producing, promoting and distributing its health and beauty care products for brands such as Summer’s Eve and Norforms.

Also in the beauty product realm, Tri Tech Laboratories Inc. produces perfumes, lotions and other cosmetics at its research and development labs in Lynchburg. The 200-employee company also manufactures household vacuum cleaners, supplies and accessories.

Frito-Lay makes Doritos, Lays, Tostitos and other snack products at a facility here, while cabinet manufacturer Norcraft Inc., HVAC systems constructor Southern Air Inc. and dairy products maker Westover Dairy Co. add to the long list of Lynchburg-based manufacturers.

But it’s not all industry here; there’s plenty of opportunity for retail therapy as well. At River Ridge Mall, consumers can wander the nearly 800,000 square feet of shopaholic paradise, from American Eagle to Zales.

Looking for less big-box retail and more mom-and-pop shops? Head downtown, where an array of local arts, antiques, furniture and fashion can be found.

Perfume, paintings and nuclear power – the diversity of Lynchburg’s businesses ensures a stable economy, and one that continues to grow.

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