For the Record:  Eastern Virginia - December 2010

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Accelerated Financial Solutions, a Chesapeake provider of debt recovery and management services, opened a satellite office and call center in Smithfield. The facility employs 20 workers, most of them new hires. (News release)

The Beazley Foundation, of Portsmouth, donated $1 million for a cancer research center at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The facility will be named for Leroy T. Canoles Jr., a member of the foundation board. (The Virginian-Pilot)

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk will open a glass studio to complement its glass collection. Tours will educate visitors on the design and creation of fine glass. The facility will be open in fall 2011. (News release)

Northrop Grumman Corp. laid off 378 white-collar workers at its Newport News shipyard. Shipyard General Manager Matt Mulherin said in a news release that cutting the jobs “is a necessary step to improve efficiency across the organization.”  (Daily Press)

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, a Houston-based shipping and pipeline company, bought 40 acres on the Elizabeth River from Southern Concrete Products LLC for its third waterfront shipping terminal. The site, and its 450-foot pier, will be used in shipping sand, gravel and other materials. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Ryla Inc., a tech support services company based in Kennesaw, Ga., will hire 315 workers in Norfolk. Ryla already employs more than 350 workers at its Norfolk call center. (The Virginian-Pilot)

The Virginia Port Authority received $1.1 million from the U.S. Maritime Administration for expanding barge services. VPA plans to begin a barge shuttle operation between port terminals in Hampton Roads and expand barge service to the Port of Richmond. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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