Chamber Member Highlights

Highlights from Chamber Member: Blue Buffalo and Omen make the headlines and great things are going on at Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Cope Environmental Center.

Blue Buffalo, amid Richmond construction, bought by General Mills

Blue Buffalo, which produces natural pet food products, was acquired by the well-known packaged and processed food company for $8 billion, General Mills said in a statement Friday.

The pet food maker is in the process of constructing a multi-million-dollar facility in the Midwest Industrial Park, and has plans to open the facility later this year. Blue Buffalo has been on a hiring streak in recent months and has an estimated 20 workers already, mostly in managerial and supervisory roles. Read the full article on

Some Things Old, One Thing New – Concert on March 3rd

The RSO Singers join the orchestra to open this evening with the Polovetsian Dances of Borodin. The concert concludes with fellow Russian Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio Espagnol. Along the way we’ll hear music by Mozart, Gluck, and Debussy. A special highlight is American composer Mason Bates’ depiction of a slow flight over the Grand Canyon, Desert Transport. Read more in the RSO’s March Newsletter.

Beekeeping 101: Your First Year – March 8th (Cope Environmental Center)

This exciting program will be lead by local beekeeper and beekeeping supply business owner Ron Bastin.  He will go over what needs to be done before you get your bees and what to do once you receive them.  Getting the bees to survive through their first winter is also on the agenda. Read more about Cope Events & Programs.

Omen USA planning first expansion project, hopes to employ up to 250

Omen USA, a secondary supplier of automotive parts for Ford passenger vehicles, recently began construction on a new addition to its existing 75,000-square-foot plant near Rich Road. The company, which already employs about 45 people, also expects to hire up to 160 more workers over the next few years with the addition of new production units. Plant manager Dror De Porto said hiring is continuing, with the company planning to add about 40 to 50 new workers by the year’s end. Read the full article on