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Business briefs — Oct. 14

FillTech USA continues to grow, now under one roof

Rockwell-based FillTech constructed a facility to house its production, research and analysis, offices and distribution after being in several locations in Rockwell.

The 43,000-square-foot facility is on Palmer Road.

FillTech USA produces lip balms, sunscreens, triple antibiotics and other personal care items. Its products can be found at Dollar Tree, CVS, Walgreens, Food Lion and more.

Since locating to the new facility in 2017, the company has grown from 40 to 120 employees. The company is also considering adding a second shift and hiring 40 more employees this year.

Owner Dennis Jones said the expansion will grow the business and create more jobs for Rockwell residents.

 “For us, opening and building a business has always been about investing in the lives of people,” he said.

Food Lion completes $91.7M investment for greater Roanoke-area stores

Food Lion unveiled a new, easier shopping experience for 63 stores in greater Roanoke, Va., on Wednesday.

The company made a $91.7 million capital investment to remodel the store, hire 2,000 additional associates and donate two mobile food trucks to area food banks.

“Roanoke is very special to Food Lion,” Meg Ham, president of Food Lion, said. “We’ve been part of the fabric of this community for 40 years opening our first store in Martinsville, Va. A lot has changed since we opened our first store in this market. We’ve created a new grocery shopping experience through the significant investments in our stores, customers, associates and communities. From our expanded variety and product assortment, newly reorganized stores, new signage to a more efficient check-out experience, every change we’ve made will make it easier for our customers to find fresh, quality products at affordable prices every day.”

After the ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 10, the first 100 customers in line received a free thermal tote bag and a mystery gift card valued ranging from $10 to $250. In the afternoon, the first 100 customers also received a Food Lion branded cutting board.

Food Lion is based in Salisbury and has more than 1,000 stores in the U.S.



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