GLENMORE, VA. -- A New Jersey toy maker, a friend of the leader of the Yogaville religious community, may bring his company and several hundred jobs to Virginia's Buckingham County.
Colorforms Inc. "has been interested in a quiet rural site for some time" for relocation, said Thomas B. Hall, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.
Hall said the company "would have no connection with Yogaville except for the friendship" between Colorforms President Harry Kislevitz and Swami Satchinadanda, founder of the Buckingham yoga community.
If it builds a new plant on 30 acres near Glenmore in northern Buckingham, the company could hire 90 full-time skilled and unskilled workers and 200 seasonal workers during peak production times, Hall said.
If a grant of up to $700,000 from the Virginia Community Development Block Grant program can be obtained, Colorforms may borrow the money from Buckingham to help pay for its relocation to a proposed 70,000-square-foot facility in the economically depressed county.
Fillmer Hevener, a Longwood College professor and county supervisor, said the plant could broaden the county's tax base by $2 million to $3 million.
Kislevitz visited Buckingham after his friend Swami Satchinadanda described the "rural atmosphere and the beauty of the surroundings," Hall said.