Founded by Charles S Luck, Jr. in 1923, the company has thrived under the leadership of three generations of the Luck family. Its beginnings were humble, with a single quarry and seven associates working in the Windsor Farms area of downtown Richmond.
Today, the company has a global reach and employs close to one thousand employees.
CHOOSING GOOCHLAND COUNTY
Luck Companies now makes its home in Goochland County. "In 1970, my grandfather, Charles Luck, Jr., moved the company's home office to Goochland," shares Charles "Charlie" Luck, IV, CEO and President of Luck Companies. "He saw an opportunity, with rail running along the James River. He knew he would gain access to markets to the east, going toward the Williamsburg and Norfolk areas."
Accessibility continues to be an advantage of a Goochland business location. "Route 288 gives us great access to I-95 North and South as well as I-64 West. Richmond International Airport is only a 30-minute drive away," says Charlie.
Charlie cites the area workforce as another asset. "The success of any company starts with its people. The talent that's available here is exceptional. We sit in a part of the Mid-Atlantic where there is a high concentration of people that are bright, talented, and highly skilled."
Charlie also praises members of the local government whom he describes as forward-looking and entrepreneurial. "The Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission have financial and strategic savvy and sophistication, balanced with a thoughtful, common-sense approach to the way they want to see the county developed."
He continues, "There's a pro-business environment around government regulations, and there's a desire to attract businesses to this market. It's not overly complex or burdensome to start up, build and grow a business here."
Above all else, Goochland County has a quality of life that can't be matched, says Charlie.
"People throughout the county enjoy the outdoors, whether it's gardening, boating on the James River, hunting, fishing or horseback riding."
"Great restaurants and arts and culture venues in Richmond are easy to get to."
"Goochland has a deep sense of community. There's a real pride and sense of belonging."
"When you bring people to a high quality of life, their performance, their satisfaction, their fulfillment, all those things move to a different level...versus getting up every morning and having a two-hour, white-knuckled commute that stresses people, drains people, exhausts people. We're so far from that. There's a fantastic quality of life."