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Southwest Virginia—For the Record

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The Branch Group, a Roanoke-based contractor, bought R. Edward Daffan, a Manassas general contractor, making it the fifth company under Branch. Larry Dickenson, former vice president at Branch Highways, is the new president of Daffan. (The Roanoke Times)

Virginia Tech chose Barton Malow to renovate Ambler-Johnson Residence Hall. Plans call for updating resident rooms, replacing elevators as well as heating, electrical and plumbing systems. One goal of the work is to receive LEED certification as a “green building.” Clark Nexsen is project architect. (News release)

Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, an engineering, architectural and planning services firm, will move about 140 employees from its buildings division to the 21-story Wachovia Tower in Roanoke this summer, occupying three floors. (The Roanoke Times)

Northrop Grumman Corp. and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency opened the Southwest Enterprise Solutions Center, a data center to serve the state’s information technology needs, in Lebanon. About 400 employees, mostly from Northrop Grumman, will work at the facility. (News release)

Volvo Trucks North America laid off 650 workers at its Dublin truck plant. There were 2,900 employees at the 1.6 million-square-foot plant, the largest Volvo truck manufacturing facility in the world. The company cited a drop in market demand as the reason for the layoffs. (The Associated Press)

Two new hotels are scheduled to open in the Roanoke area this year. A 72-room Comfort Suites hotel is under construction in Salem while a 86-room Candlewood Suites hotel is planned in Roanoke County.  The Comfort Suites is scheduled to open this summer and the Candlewood Suites is expected to be complete by the end of the year. (The Roanoke Times)

Volvo Trucks North America issued a recall for all Volvo truck models manufactured at its Dublin plant between November 2002 and October 2007. Circuit breakers in the lighting systems have contributed to 18 incidents of overheating, leading to seven fires. The trucks were sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Plans call for replacing the circuit breakers with fuses. (The Roanoke Times)


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