For the Record - Central Virginia, February 2012

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Afton Chemical Corp., of Richmond, opened a research lab for fuel and lubricant-additives in Suzhou, China. The move was made to increase support for clients in the Asian market. (Business Wire) Inc., an online retailer, will open two distribution centers in Central Virginia, creating 1,350 jobs through a $135 million investment.  A 1 million-square-foot facility in Chesterfield County’s Meadowville Technology Park will employ about 1,000 people. A second center will be located in Dinwiddie County’s Dinwiddie Commerce Park. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Anderson & Strudwick Inc., a Richmond brokerage, was sold to Sterne Agee, of Birmingham, Ala. The acquisition by Sterne adds seven private client group offices and about 50 advisers to its presence in the Eastern and mid-Atlantic regions. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Capital One Financial Corp., of McLean, added about 300 jobs to its bank and credit card operations center in Henrico County. The company expects to hire more employees during 2012. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., a Richmond-based testing facility, donated $2.2 million to The Science Museum of Virginia, the largest corporate gift in the museum’s history. The money will be used to develop a new gallery devoted to the science of physical and mental self-improvement. (PRNewswire)

Hunton & Williams LLP, a Richmond law firm, was ranked eighth in the country among top law firms for exceptional client service. It marks the sixth time the firm has been ranked in BTI’s Client Service 30, based on a survey of corporate counsel. (News release)

Intellibot Robotics LLC, a maker of robotic commercial floor cleaners, moved its headquarters from the Richmond area to Portland, Ore. Most of the company’s sales, finance and marketing personnel already were located in Portland or in a Pittsburgh office that also is closing. The company will maintain its manufacturing and engineering facility in Goochland County. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Medical Automation Systems, a Charlottesville medical technology company, was sold to Alere Inc., of Massachusetts. The deal allows Alere to develop a single-platform system of information exchange among labs, doctors and patients, using a process of collecting bedside patient data and linking it to hospital databases. (The Daily Progress)

The former Hotel John Marshall, in downtown Richmond, reopened as a residential location called the Residences at the John Marshall. A $70 million phase one refurbished the first nine floors. The next phase, expected to be finished by the end of January, would open units on all 16 floors. Of the 238 apartments, 51 were pre-leased, and the facility had booked more than 65 events in its two ballrooms before opening. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Sperry Marine, citing decreased business and an uncertain market in defense contracts, laid off 37 workers in its U.S. business headquarters division in Albemarle County, and transferred that work to Great Britain. About 600 people still work in the local maritime systems plant. (The Daily Progress)

Windstream Corp., which bought PAETEC Holding Corp., parent company of Cavalier Telephone, cut 70 jobs in the Richmond area and ceased offering new residential service. The move is part of a 280-job reduction as a result of merging the work forces. Arkansas-based Windstream will continue serving Cavalier’s 120,000 current residential customers in 10 states, as well as offer new service to businesses. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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