Recycled Paper And Packaging Company Expands With New Facility In Virginia

In this environmentally-conscious era, people care about how “green” a company is. Those who reduce their waste, commit to reusing materials, and host recycling programs are more valued for their ability to create a quality product without negatively impacting our ecosystem. And when they expand as a result of these efforts like in the case of Pratt Industries, the response is quite positive. The recycled paper and packaging company has grown significantly since its founding 30 years ago, and is now the fifth largest corrugated packaging company in the United States. Pratt Industries specializes in creating paper-based packaging and shipping materials; by manufacturing products that are completely made from post-consumer recycled materials, they have maintained their commitment to the environment and sustainability. After having spread out to 27 states, they set their eye on Botetourt Country in Virginia (although multiple states competed for the project). “We are proud to partner with an innovative, global manufacturer like Pratt Industries that shares Virginia’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “This major investment that will have strong positive impact on the regional economy and help advance Virginia’s thriving manufacturing industry.” The new facility, still in its fledgling state, sits on 22 acres at Botetourt Center at Greenfield and occupies a staggering 100,000 square feet — with room to at least double in size. The building is expected to create 50 new jobs in the area, adding to Pratt Industries’ more than 8,000 employees across the nation. “Pratt Industries is excited to expand in Virginia,” said Chief Operating Officer of Pratt Industries David Dennis. “We are grateful to the Roanoke Regional Partnership, Botetourt County, and VEDP for their efforts to bring Pratt to Botetourt County.” By salvaging and reusing a portion of the 92 million metric tons of paper that are produced in the U.S. every year, Pratt industries is working to change the way businesses operate. By offering 100% recycled corrugated boxes, they’re doing their part to protect the...

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Home Remodeling: Renovation Projects That Require Permits
Mar09

Home Remodeling: Renovation Projects That Require Permits

Homeowners have a responsibility to keep everything on their property looking nice, but you can’t let it end there. Having a nice, clean home is essential, but you should be doing everything in your power to achieve the nicest looking home possible and increase its market worth. Whether you plan on listing your home for sale within the next year, next 30 years, or would rather keep the property in your family for generations; making a household improvement or two each year is always a great option. Rather than neglecting your property, consider all the changes you can make and how amazing your home will be afterwards. Simply adding an outdoor fire pit, which offers a 78% return on investment (ROI), can turn your backyard into the neighborhood hotspot for cookouts, parties, and just relaxing on summer nights. Before you start gathering your tools and throwing on your work gloves, you have to keep something in mind: home remodeling permits. According to Investopedia, though obtaining permits can be expensive, frustrating, and time-consuming, it’s necessary and required for certain home remodeling projects. With interior designers recommending updting decor every five to 10 years, plenty of homeowners are expecting to undergo major renovation projects. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40% of all remodeling activity was for minor additions and alterations and 30% was for major additions and alterations. Failing to obtain the proper permits before any home remodeling work is done could result in the complication or even cancellation of the sale when your home hits the market. During home inspections and appraisal, property owners will likely have to show that all the proper permits were acquired and are on file. If the lending bank finds out renovations were performed without securing necessary permits, it will likely not make the loan. Here are some common property renovation projects that likely require permits: Fencing New windows Footprint alterations Structural changes Plumbing and electrical Siding Water heater There are, however, plenty of home improvement projects that don’t require permits, including: Replacing a faucet Painting or wallpapering Installing hardwood floors and carpeting Installing new countertops Minor electrical repairs that do not involve new service or moving existing service In addition to acquiring the necessary permits for various property improvements, simply coming up with enough cash is a common roadblock for property owners across the country. Luckily, with a little budgeting, research, and planning, you can significantly improve the look, feel, and value of your home for as little as a few hundred bucks. Here are some excellent property improvements you can make for under $500: Patching up your roof Installing smart home devices...

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