Richmond Business News – October 2018

This month’s local business headlines include a new airline launching out of YVR, local CEO’s earning prestigious awards, a cleantech company expanding into China, growing production at a local manufacturing facility and much more exciting news coming from the Richmond business community.

1st Feast Asian Dining Festival kicks off in Richmond

More than 20 restaurants, most from Richmond, joined the first Feast Asian Dining Festival which provides guided dining adventures for food lovers. The inaugural festival runs from October 10-28, 2018.
Richmond News • Oct 11

Paper Excellence to buy Catalyst Paper

Richmond-headquartered Paper Excellence is planning to buy out another Richmond-based pulp and paper company – Catalyst Paper Corp, which owns three mills in B.C.
Business in Vancouver • Oct 9

Entrepreneur award for Richmond car dealership CEO

Christian Chia, the CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group, received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for its 2018 Pacific program. Open Road comprises 23 car dealerships across B.C., with its head office at the Richmond Auto Mall.
Richmond News • Oct 3

Richmond nutritional gummy company opens second location

Herbaland‘s new 50,000 square-foot facility location will provide 30 new jobs and triple production. The nutritional supplement company was founded in 2009 in Richmond and now employs over 70 people and exports products to 35 countries.
Richmond News • Sep 28

Saltworks Technologies establishes Chinese headquarters at innovation hub

With its global headquarters in Richmond, BC, Saltworks Technologies is now entering the Chinese market with its desalination technology by establishing a China headquarters in Nanjing, as part of an innovation center for industrial water treatment. This project was supported by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and Global Affairs Canada.
Saltworks • Sep 27

Volta Air takes $110k top prize at Innovate BC-New Ventures competition

A Richmond-based company specializing in keeping food and beverages cool inside delivery trucks has taken the top prize at the Innovate BC-New Ventures competition. Volta Air Technologies walked away with $110,000 in prize money to help expand production of its all-electric, zero-emission cooling units.
Business in Vancouver • Sep 25

ZE PowerGroup President & CEO named BC Business Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year

Founded by Zak El-Ramly in 2001, the Richmond-based, family-owned ZE PowerGroup now has about 250 employees in Canada, plus another 20 in the U.S., the U.K. and Singapore.
BC Business • Sep 25

Canada’s first Indigenous woman-owned airline to launch out of Richmond

Led by CEO Teara Fraser, Iskwew Air will begin its flights next March out of Vancouver International Airport’s south terminal. The airline is expected to offer charter services as well as scheduled service to remote communities across the province in an effort to boost accessibility and Indigenous tourism.
Richmond News • Sep 21

Posted October 23, 2018

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