The Town of Amherst is the center for commerce in northern Amherst County. In addition to the local government, courts and schools, and manufacturers, major employers include Sweet Briar College.
The Town of Amherst sponsors the Amherst Industrial Development Authority (946-7885) which is able to provide a conduit for tax-exempt financing for qualified local manufacturing concerns.
The L. Barnes Brockman, Sr. Business & Industrial Park (link) is located in the Town of Amherst and is home to Fairmont Crossing and Mutual Telecom Services. This development has a series of “ready to go” building sites for industrial, commercial and institutional operations.
The Zane Snead Industrial Park is located just outside of the Town’s corporate limits and is home to Glad Manufacturing, Hermle, and Buffalo Air Handling.
Amherst’s economy is stable due to the presence of a variety of industries including:
- Plastics – Glad Manufacturing
- Air Handling – Buffalo Air Handling
- Clock Movements – Hermle
- Higher Education – Sweet Briar College
- Paper (Linerboard) – Grief Brothers
- Timber (Pulpwood) – Various manufacturers
An advocate for business in Amherst County is the Amherst County Chamber of Commerce (946-0990).