With the arrival of Lindstrand USA in 2004, a new high-tech industry took off in South Boston and Halifax County. As the maker of lighter-than-air cell technology, Lindstrand expanded to the area to target government contracts including projects in aeronautics, although the technology can be used in a variety of ways, including fighting tunnel fires or using logging balloons for forestry work. The versatile product was the brainchild of Swedish-born inventor, Ph.D. and expert hot air balloonist (and thrill-seeker), Per Lindstrand. Since its arrival, Lindstrand USA has faced many challenges, forcing it to diversify and navigate logistic and bureaucratic hurdles. However, today it employs 31 full-time workers locally, nearly 90 percent of whom were out of work for longer than two years prior to being hired. In an area that has seen the decline of the tobacco, furniture and textiles industries, Lindstrand USA is a strong contributor to the economic base.
“Five years ago, Lindstrand USA opened for business in Southern Virginia with a primary goal of securing U.S. Government contracts. Working with the local Virginia Employment Commission, 31 now highly skilled, full-time employees have been hired, and the company has grown into a multi-million dollar operation. 60 percent of our sales are exported worldwide. Sales have diversified from 100 percent military to half military, half commercial.”
Per Lindstrand, Ph.D., CEO and Angela Lewis, COO
2202 Parker Avenue
South Boston, Virginia 24592