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Hyosung, a diverse global producer of chemical and manufactured products, will close its Scottsville tire plant with the loss of 106 jobs. The company cited pressures from the economic decline and global competitors. (Media General News Service)

Liberty University will acquire Falwell Aviation, which offers fixed-base operations and charter flight services at Lynchburg Regional Airport. The purchase allows the university to drop plans to build its own aeronautics training facility for its aviation department, which began in 2002. Falwell’s founders are first cousins of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., who founded Liberty University. (The News & Advance)

The Lynchburg region moved from 71st in the nation to 60th in the latest survey by The Milken Institute of top U.S. cities for economic growth. The area’s job growth rate over the last few years was responsible for the improvements in the 2009 Best Performing Cities index. (The News & Advance)

Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, an advertising and marketing agency headquartered in Richmond, opened an office in Durham, N.C., to better serve its clients base in the Research Triangle area. John Bedor, a senior vice president with the firm, will head the new office. (News release)

Performance Food Group, a Goochland County-based food distribution company, bought Somerset Food Service of Somerset, Ky., in an effort to expand its presence in Kentucky and surrounding states. Performance owns 18 food-service distributors across the country. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Star Scientific Inc. of Petersburg has been denied a request for a new trial in its patent infringement case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. of Winston-Salem, N.C. A federal judge refused to put aside a June jury verdict in Reynolds’ favor. Star will take its case to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Star, which makes smokeless tobacco products, brought the suit in 2001, contending Reynolds violated its patents. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Wildlands Engineering Inc., a Rocklin, Calif., environmental engineering and ecological consulting firm, opened an office in Charlottesville. It will be led by Lloyd Dixon, who was based in Charlotte, N.C. (News release)

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