Central Virginia—For the Record

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Altria Group, a Richmond-based tobacco products manufacturer, gave $400,000 to start a two-year engineering program at John Tyler Community College. Upon

completion, students will be able to enter the University of Virginia’s engineering school through a long-distance learning program or transfer to other

four-year institutions in the state. Community colleges in Lynchburg and Danville have partnered with U.Va. on similar programs. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

CarMax Inc., a Richmond-based retailer of used cars, laid off more than 600 employees, about 4 percent of its work force, due to slowing sales. The cutbacks

took place in the reconditioning departments at 60 of its 99 stores nationwide. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

infinigy engineering & surveying, a Latham, N.Y., technical services company, opened an office in Richmond to manage its ongoing projects in the mid-Atlantic

region and develop further business opportunities. A.J. DeSantis was named regional director. (News release)

Qimonda AG, a German manufacturer of computer chips, laid off about 1,200 workers at its Henrico County plant, representing about 40 percent of the work

force there. An oversupply of chips in the marketplace led the company to cut prices. The layoffs are part of 3,000 jobs being eliminated in the U.S. and

Germany. The Henrico plant is the company’s only manufacturing facility in the U.S., responsible for about 10 percent of Qimonda’s worldwide output.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Trindall Corp., a designer and manufacturer of precast concrete products, will invest $12 million to increase sales and production at its Dinwiddie plant by

50 percent. The expansion will create 75 jobs. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia will get a $2 million grant from the Federal government to help improve its rail infrastructure between Richmond and Washington, D.C. An $11.5

million project is planned to build three miles of track south of Fredericksburg to make it easier for trains to pass; and improvements are planned between

Henrico County and Richmond stations to increase the number of trains traveling from the downtown Richmond station to D.C. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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