Belden Brick Co., an Ohio-based brick manufacturer, bought the assets of Lawrenceville Brick Inc., a regional brick manufacturer founded in Lawrenceville about 60 years ago that has two plants capable of producing 115 million standard size bricks per year. Belden is the largest family-owned brick producer in the country. (News release)
Danville agreed to pay $675,000 over three years in a project that will help Noblis Inc. bring a Cray XMT2 supercomputer to the city. The Virginia Tobacco Commission gave $3 million; the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, $1 million; and Noblis, $1.5 million. The project will create 15 jobs but could help draw other technology firms to the city. (Danville Register & Bee)
The Danville office of the Longwood Small Business Development Center is now housed at Danville Community College in its recently dedicated Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center. The center moved from its longtime office at the Dan River Business Development Center after Danville and Pittsylvania County cut funding this year. (Danville Register & Bee)
Pittsylvania County agreed to help fund an economic impact analysis of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham. The Danville Regional Foundation, which suggested the idea, will pay two-thirds of the $23,170 cost of the study, to be done by Jack Faucett Associates of Bethesda, Md. The $5.2 million, 100,000-square-foot complex opened in February. (Star Tribune)
New College Institute has backed away from a plan to become a branch campus of a public university, at least for now. Instead, the higher education center in Martinsville will partner with the three universities that had been in contention to take on NCI as a campus. Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia State and Radford universities will team up to offer targeted bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at NCI.
(Richmond Times Dispatch)
The Smith River Sports Complex is meeting its two primary goals of providing fitness opportunities to local residents and serving as an economic catalyst, with an estimated impact of more than $500,000 last year, complex officials say.
Star Tek recalled 52 workers at its Collinsville call center to provide services for a client who needed additional work done. The company had announced the closing of the facility earlier in the year with a loss of 631 jobs. The move means 160 workers will be employed there until its closing on Oct. 31. (Martinsville Bulletin)
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