Balchem Corp., a New Hampton, N.Y., provider of animal nutrition and health products, will invest $10 million to open a facility in Alleghany County to manufacture encapsulated products. Over the next two to three years, the company expects to create 55 jobs. (News release)
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge entered into a partnership with George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to provide online classes for nursing students, leading to bachelor’s or master’s degrees. This fall the program will begin with about 10 students and grow to more than 100 in three years. Clinical work will be completed at medical practices in the Clifton Forge area.
(The Roanoke Times)
Essroc Ready Mix, a Middlebranch, Ohio, concrete producer, received Green Star certification for environmental sustainability from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association at six Virginia facilities in Bealeton, Front Royal, Fredericksburg, Stephenson, Leesburg and Strasburg.
Howard Shockey & Sons Inc., a Winchester builder, received a $55 million contract to construct a new regional jail facility in Warren County, north of Front Royal. The jail will hold 375 beds in a 175,000-square-foot complex. Work is scheduled for completion in 2014.
(The Winchester Star)
Mary Baldwin College created the H. Gordon and Mary Beth Smyth Chair in Business Administration, with an endowment of $1 million from the Smyths, who live in Charlottesville. Joseph Sprangel, an assistant professor of business administration since 2010, is the inaugural appointee to the position. (The News Virginian)
Sentry Systems, a Harrisonburg-based home security company, won an award from the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association for best use of technology for two security systems that can be remotely controlled by an iPad or smartphone. (Daily News-Record)
Shenandoah University announced that establishing a medical school was beyond its reach for the foreseeable future. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study found startup costs would be about $65 million and annual accreditation costs would run about $5 million. The future for such a school would depend on outside benefactors and government support. Valley Health of Winchester and Inova Health System of Falls Church provided funding for the study. (The Winchester Star)
Winchester received a $1 million advance on its Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for work to renovate and redevelop the Taylor Hotel. Plans call for purchasing and stabilizing the property, followed by development of commercial and entertainment spaces. A final phase would eventually add about 12,000 square feet of condominiums. (Winchester Star)
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