Videographer: Angela Fowler
Danville, VA - Wednesday was the ribbon cutting for the new Danville business SENTEC that will bring 50 new jobs to the region.
Numerous dignitaries were in attendance as well as the heads of Virdia, a biotechnology company who plans to produce transportation fuel, nutritional products and specialty chemicals from wood in the SENTEC facility.
Virdia's president talked about the process they will be working on.
"You extract the various constituents of the wood. You separate them and you purify them so one of the main constituents of the wood is sugar… so we make what we call cellulosic sugar, wood sugars that are then converted into fuels or into chemicals," said Philippe Lavielle.
They have invested $10 million in the 25,000 square foot facility to produce the newest technology.