Economic Development

Altavista offers a small town feel with big city amenities. The Town of Altavista’s business community is a robust mix of “mom & pop” stores, regional and national chains, and large corporations. Anyone living in Altavista can get what they need right here. We have several major banking institutions, a thriving downtown retail district, an eclectic group of restaurants from local taste to foreign style, auto dealerships and repair centers, shopping centers, furniture stores, major super markets, and more. Altavista is also just not a bedroom community. Major manufacturing plays a big part in the economy of our town. Our major employers include textile manufacturing, construction services, printing services, bearing manufacturing, baby formula manufacturing, tire valve manufacturing, transportation services, and conveyor system manufacturing. Industries are attracted by our high quality of life, low taxes, low utility rates, and the dedication and work ethic of our labor force. Altavista also offers a major highway (US 29) linking it with Greensboro, NC and Lynchburg, VA. Plus, we have two rail lines operated by Norfolk Southern.

Altavista has a total civilian labor force of more than 5,000 workers with over 3,000 employed in manufacturing. The town has a large number of in-commuting workers. There are 25,000 people living within a 12-mile radius of the town. Campbell County has a civilian labor force of 26,355 and an unemployment rate of 4.5%. Pittsylvania County has a civilian labor force of 34,071 and an unemployment rate of 6.6%. (October 2003)

Facilities available include the following:

  • Former A.O. Smith building.  This building is approximately 115,000 square feet on 36 acres and is available for immediate occupancy.
  • The Lane Company facilities are also available.  There are two properties available:  (1)  a 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility with loading docks; (2) a major manufacturing facility with over 1 million square feet including a distribution center with rail siding and numerous loading docks.
  • Also available are graded industrial sites in the Dearing Ford Business & Manufacturing Center.  These sites can be combined and/or subdivided to meet almost any need. 

The Town is currently marketing these properties in cooperation with Region 2000. Region 2000 is a public-private partnership in Central Virginia dedicated to economic development, business expansion and development, and workforce training initiatives. The Town is a founding member of Region 2000.

For more information about these exciting opportunities to locate in Altavista, send us an email with your name and address, or call us at (434) 369-5001.