Newsletter--Spring 2013

Look Who’s Coming To Culpeper

 

There is excitement growing in Culpeper…

 

While historically Culpeper may be known for having its rural, agricultural heritage, in today's day and age it is soon going to be known for being home to a fast, new styled, three-wheeled vehicle called…wait for it…wait for it…The Tanom Invader…(the name alone gets your adrenaline going)!

The Tanom Invader represents the latest in design thought and evolution of the growing reverse trike market segment. The Invader epitomizes the comfort and performance that can be had when the attributes of the motorcycle and sports car are brought together in a High Performance Reverse Trike or HPRT. The Tanom Invader delivers the performance of a super bike wrapped in one-of-a-kind bodywork that seats two passengers in comfortable sports car-like side-by-side seating.

Built here in Culpeper, USA, the Tanom Invader was engineered and developed by a team of motor sports enthusiasts headed by local businessman Sandy Hall. Sandy's concept was to build a HPRT that achieved greater stability and handled more efficiently than the common trike motorcycles. He originally applied his ideas to a clay model and then substantiated them in a full-size show vehicle displayed at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas in 2010. There was a tremendous positive response from the public and potential dealers from around the country expressed interest in marketing the vehicle.

Immediately following SEMA, Sandy partnered with David Young as a co-owner and CFO and they continued to work on improving the design of the HPRT. The following year, Tanom Motors attended SEMA 2011 and created even more buzz about the Invader. Additional showings throughout 2011 and 2012 continued to spark interest and starting the spring of 2012, Tanom began developing a 55,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Culpeper in anticipation of production of the Tanom Invader in the summer of 2013.

The Tanom Invader derives its engine and some other critical performance components from the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300R—one of the most popular and powerful motorcycles in the world. With a top speed of 144 mph and a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.92 seconds the Tanom Invader packs a lot of excitement. The side-by-side seating, sports car steering and handling and the stability of the triangular foot print of this reverse trike insures comfort and safety in town or on the open road.

Tanom Motors has two Tanom Invader models, the TC-3 Coupe and the TR-3 Roadster. To build the Invader, Tanom Motors technicians disassemble the Suzuki Hayabusa and build up the new chassis and suspension using space age components and parts. A wiring harness is installed along with customized wheels and one of the largest rear tires in the motor world—a 29 x 18 inch Mickey Thompson Sportsman. The lightweight Invader body is created using injection molding technology to produce vehicle panels that are painted and buffed to a beautiful glossy finish. In addition, both models have a variety of standard features and a number of optional upgrades, such as an entertainment system, back-up camera, and a chrome suspension package. The production facility, located within the Town of Culpeper, consists of seven distinct areas and included is a 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art paint booth and a 12,000 square foot assembly line area.

Plans are under way for a ribbon cutting and grand opening gala this summer. That will be an exciting day for Culpeper USA. 

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Focus—Virginia Small Business Development Center


Fine Hardwood Furniture

 

Culpeper County enjoys a diverse economy with a broad range of businesses; manufacturing, trade, services and agricultural sectors are present within the 389 square miles. Take one look down Main and Davis Street in Downtown Culpeper, however, and it is evident that many aspiring entrepreneurs have also helped grow the Culpeper economy. Statistically, more that 90 percent of all businesses in the U.S. are small businesses. They are the engine that drives the economy. And yet, they face tough challenges getting started and sticking around. The one thing we can't afford? We can't afford to have them stall!

Helping those potential and existing small business owners in Culpeper is the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the Culpeper Economic Development Office. The SBDC is served by Mr. David Reardon, professional business counselor. Mr. Reardon who holds a B.S. in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University, has years of accounting experience but has expanded his expertise since joining the Small Business Development Center. The SBDC is partially funded by the federal government, but largely supported by local governments and community colleges. Culpeper County is the local sponsor and provides funding for the organization to assist entrepreneurs and existing small business owners within the county.

The SBDC is probably best known for the training it offers through classes, seminars and workshops. As Reardon explained, "We run the gamut: small-business insurance issues, taxes and licenses, a two-day QuickBooks workshop. We do workshops on legal issues for small business, and on considerations for starting a small business." The workshops, classes and seminars are normally offered for a very nominal fee, generally about $40. And while open to the public, these are just a few of the many services the SBDC provides.

In addition, the SBDC offers individual counseling in financing, bookkeeping, and tax services. They will mentor you as you walk through the process of starting a new business. "Getting a name, getting it registered with the State Corporation Commission, getting an employee identification number," Reardon explained, are just a few of the steps one needs to do to get the ball rolling. "We can help with getting registered with the state tax department, registered for BPOL. We help with all the county, town and city regulations that come into effect. And, it is not a cookie cutter service," he added, "because it may be done differently in Culpeper than it is done in other counties."

Not only does the SBDC assist start-up businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, they also foster growth by working with existing businesses. One of the biggest obstacles business owners face is financing the expansion of their business or cash-flow problems during down times, like the recent economy has experienced. "Within the last three years, a greater number of our clients have been existing businesses who have come in, primarily on cash-flow problems," Reardon said. The SBDC works closely with banks and can help the business work out a solution to their cash flow issues or guide in the development of growth business plans.

Lastly, the SBDC is also there to provide assistance on special projects of the small business. While there may be a charge for their support, they have a network of experts they can call on, and they are willing to be involved in very hands-on projects, such as conducting mystery shopping surveys or doing detailed research work.

Whether you are a new business trying to get started or an established business, the SBDC is here to help. "It's a matter of just making an appointment and coming in and picking our brains," Reardon said. "The program looks to foster Virginia small-business success and at the same time grow the Virginia economy. We want to be the resource of first choice for small business, and we have staff and volunteers standing by, ready to help," Reardon concluded. 

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What's Happening In Culpeper

 

Agriculture: A Culpeper Business

 

FarmAgriculture has played a crucial role in the American economy and culture since the beginning of time. Early in our nation's life, farming was the primary occupation and farmers were seen as exemplifying economic virtues such as hard work, initiative, independence, and self-sufficiency. In years past, as well as today, agriculture is a vital part of Culpeper County's economy. The scenic views, lakes, rivers and woodlands, are enhanced by agriculture, which is a mainstay of the community. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the county offers some of the state's most fertile farmland, which represents almost half of the land use in the county. Farming within the county has helped create a balance between the rural nature agriculture offers and the challenges posed by growth and development.

 

Culpeper is home to over 600 working farms and a third of these are owned by families that are dependent on their farm as their primary source of income. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, farmers in Culpeper County produced 3,700 acres of feed corn, 35,000 acres of hay and grazed more than 28,000 head of cattle. In addition, other corn produced in the County is used for distilling state licensed moonshine for sale in Virginia ABC stores. Viticulture, which is the cultivation of grapevines, is also a growing sector of the County's agriculture for Virginia wineries. With a market value of agriculture production a little over $27,000,000 for the county, it is easy to see why Culpeper County annually celebrates this vibrant and vital business sector.

The first weekend of every October for the last 16 years, the Department of Economic Development along with a variety of volunteers from the Town of Culpeper's Tourism Department, the Virginia Cooperative Extension's Culpeper office, and agriculture related businesses host the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour. Each year 13 to 18 county farms and agribusinesses participate in the Farm Tour. Those participating farms reflect not only the agricultural heritage of Culpeper, but also millions of dollars in production, wages and salaries generated by the agricultural industry in the county and state.

The purpose of opening the farms up for the public to see is to share with the visitors what actually takes place on a farm, what it takes to work the land, and to experience the deep commitment our farmers and ranchers have for their animals, their plants, and their natural resources. The tour is a free, self-guided driving experience that hosts both traditional and unique farm sites. There are a number of equestrian farms, farms devoted to other animal livestock and several that are part of the greens industry segment which involves greenhouses, nursery stock, cut flowers and Christmas trees.

Farm Tour

The tour is a commitment from the county to nurture and preserve its rural character. As the county grows, it is vitally important to carefully and prudently manage growth in harmony with our agricultural and forestal resources and heritage. To share in the County's support of agriculture, visit the Farm Tour Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th from 10 am until 4 pm.

For more information, visit culpeperfarmtour.com

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Business Spotlight—Capitol Components & Millwork

 

 

The impact of an economic recession is broad ranging and can be challenging to individuals, families, institutions and businesses alike. Capital Components & Millwork of Elkwood, Culpeper County, Virginia, transformed the most recent recession into an opportunity. Mike Klekamp, President of Capitol Components & Millwork (CCM), used the recession to develop a new and more aggressive business plan. "With the economic downturn, particularly in the residential building sector, CCM decided to pursue more commercial business. We had the people and the knowledge to do it; we just needed to attract the clients." And clearly, that is exactly what Capitol Components & Millwork has done as they will soon be expanding their organization from 66,000 square feet to 102,000 square feet.

 

Capitol Components & Millwork, a private company established in 2003 and incorporated in Virginia, specializes in providing full service architecture millwork to the building industry. Located in the Culpeper Airport Industrial Park, they produce top quality millwork with wood product coming from as far away as Chile and Brazil. Working with companies within a 125 to 150 mile radius, they design and produce parts or the whole woodwork package. Whether it is a one of a kind piece of furniture or thousands of feet of running trim, Capitol Components & Millwork supports builders by giving them a variety of millwork choices including, but not limited to, exterior products such as pilasters, columns and rail systems; interior molding, from many different woods like pine, poplar, oak and mahogany; interior and exterior doors and window packages. In addition, and in the area of growth, CCM has a complete portfolio of commercial casework, including products like panel jobs and reception desks.

As many companies experienced, CCM realized growth in their residential business during the real estate boom. That particular side of the business accounted for a much larger percentage than the commercial side. Functioning in the mid-2000's with over 80 employees, the building slowdown and recession created a number of layoffs and a rethinking of the company's goals. Focus shifted from the residential side to the commercial sector, and with it came a completely different product. CCM invested in new machinery and architecture software programs in order to provide complete packages to large commercial outfits, such as Clark and Hitt. In addition, the move to expanding the commercial sector resulted in the need for more space in order to meet the EPA and LEED requirements for certified millwork. Environmental and building code mandates differences in finishing techniques for the millwork for commercial buildings. "Today, product needs to be FSC – Forest Service Council – certified. We are happy to say most of CCM's product meets that certification," Klekamp explained.

As time passes, most of us are seeing the economy turn upward. For CCM, residential is improving and commercial is growing. "We are looking at a dual strategy, about 60% residential business, 40% commercial, but with both on the rise. And while the commercial sector is growing faster, residential is still the foundation of the company. It is our hope that this will be our best year yet," Klekamp stated. 

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Featured Property—Culpeper Industrial Airpark

 

 

Library Of Congress Location: Culpeper Industrial Airpark
13142 Airpark Drive, 
Elkwood, VA
Building Size: 30,000 SF (Warehouse)
6,000 SF (Office)
Building expansion possibilities
Property Type: Industrial
Property Use Type: Manufacturing/Warehouse
No. of Levels: 2
Year Built: 1990
Built By: Payne Property Development
Tenancy: One Tenant
Construction: Masonry and Metal
Roof Type: Metal
Loading Docks: 3 (8x8)
No. of Drive-in: 1
Ceiling Height: 24 ft.
Lot Size: 3 acres

 

 

Highlights:

 

  • Paved parking with 30 spaces
  • Large office space with training room, conference room, break room, and kitchenette.
  • Located in Foreign Trade Zone and Culpeper County Technology Zone;
    Tax incentives available.
  • Ability for building expansion of 10,000 sf

 

Description:

Warehouse for lease or sale in Culpeper Industrial Airpark. Perfect for manufacturing, distribution, storage, prefabrication, contractor, etc. Unit has 24 foot ceilings, four loading docks with one drive-in bay. Site located within a mile of the airport and Route 29 for easy access to Interstate 66 and Interstate 64. Availability late summer, 2013.

Contact: Daniel Payne, Payne Properties 540.898.5466 or dpayne@payneproperties.net

 

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