This is a strange mashup of two SouthsideCentral types of features. We’re going to hop in the Time Machine and go back to November 20, 2012. That’s the day that Danville City Council approved grant money to a losing trifecta of Job Busts. Get ready for a not so fun ride…
I have been working on a Job Bust article for Danville Hybrid Vehicles but when I started doing some research on the timeline, I found a big ol’ “Wipeout” space on the game board. Punch “November 20, 2012” and press the button on the Time Machine, please…
Jackpot! (Or Anti-Jackpot as the case is here…)
We already know about GOK International’s $1 million wipeout and their pending rebirth which probably isn’t going to happen.
Let’s talk about Danville Hybrid Vehicles. Don’t confuse them with Armet Armored Vehicles (that was the company off Old Mayfield Rd that made bulletproof vehicles that weren’t bulletproof at all). Danville Hybrid Vehicles was going to make vehicles that are “tactically silent”. Technically, they’ve accomplished that as the company has been quite silent. In fact, they don’t seem to have made any tactical vehicles so far. That hasn’t stopped them from going to Las Vegas in 2013 and the one armored vehicle that has been seen was spotted at a Greensboro Hooters restaurant in the past year. This company partnered with the quite deceased Advanced Vehicle Research Center, so that doesn’t look good at all for the “150 jobs in three years” promise that I do believe I’ve heard before from other Job Busts. Let’s see what update shakes out of Danville’s Economic Development office after this article is published. But wait… there’s MORE!
Norhurst! Yeah, I didn’t even remember the company’s name either. This is the company that bought the old Dan River Executive Building on Memorial Drive and said they were going to bring 100 jobs to Danville for support on government contracts and educational software. Shame on you for thinking that Danville workers wouldn’t have the job skills needed for that! We’re seventeen months into this Norhurst venture and what does Danville have to show for $625,000 of Tobacco Commission money (besides the new gate which was installed way too late to stop thieves from stealing copper out of the building and vandalizing it?) You guessed it… NOTHING!
Time Machine Flashback:
Jeremy Stratton & his Economic Development Friends really hit the jackpot on November 20, 2012. Well over $2,000,000 of grant money went out of the door that night and Danville seems to have gotten three Job Busts out of that spending spree. Thanks for riding along in this edition of the SouthsideCentral Time Machine.