For the Record - Hampton Roads

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Advanced Services Inc., a unit of General Electric Co., announced plans to shut down its Norfolk call center. In May layoffs will begin for the 185 workers, and operations will cease in the fourth quarter. (Virginian-Pilot)

Alcoa Howmet, a Hampton manufacturer of structural parts, laid off 250 workers. It said demand had declined for its industrial gas turbines. (Virginian-Pilot)

Bambi Faivre Walters PC, a Williamsburg law firm specializing in patent and copyright law, was selected as a recipient of the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award. The award recognizes outstanding women- and minority-owned businesses in the mid-Atlantic area. (News release)

Bowman Consulting, a Chantilly-based engineering and architecture firm, acquired Massey Design & Associates PC of Virginia Beach. The move was made to enhance the company’s presence in the Hampton Roads market. (News release)

Dodd RV has been named one of the top 50 recreational vehicle dealers in North America by RV Business magazine. Dodd RV has locations in Yorktown and Portsmouth. Jamie Dodd is president of Dodd RV. (News release)

The International Longshoremen’s Association approved a two-year extension of its contract with the United States Maritime Alliance, a consortium of shippers, cargo terminals and stevedoring firms. The pact covers 2,000 workers at the Hampton Roads docks. Starting pay will rise to $20 an hour from $16. (Daily Press)

Norfolk Southern Corp., a Norfolk-based railroad company, was named one of 25 green supply chain providers by Inbound Logistics magazine. The company was cited for its “Green Machine,” a carbon footprint analyzer that allows business to estimate savings by using rail. (PRNewswire)

Northrop Grumman Corp., a defense contractor with major shipyard operations in Newport News, received a $635 million contract from the Navy to support modernization programs for Los Angeles- and Seawolf-class submarines. The contract runs through 2014. (News release)

Old Town Hospitality LLC received a one-year extension on a Portsmouth hotel project from the city’s Planning Commission. The $13 million project has been delayed because bonds to finance it have not been marketable in the current economic climate. Site work and engineering have already been done on the four-acre location where a five-story Holiday Inn is supposed to be erected near Interstate 264. (Virginian-Pilot)

OneSource Landscape & Golf Services Inc. laid off 253 workers after the Busch Gardens resorts in Williamsburg and Tampa, Fla., elected to maintain their own landscaping needs. Most of those laid off are expected to be hired by Busch Gardens. (Virginian-Pilot)

U.S. Foodservice Inc. announced plans to close its Virginia Beach warehouse operation by the end of January with the loss of 206 jobs. The move comes as part of a company consolidation effort, and many of those laid off workers may be able to transfer elsewhere. (The Associated Press)

WR Systems Ltd., a Fairfax technology company, received a contract from the Navy for navigation and communication equipment which could run until 2014 and be worth $140 million, including options. The bulk of the work will be done in Hampton Roads, including certification and training. The company expects to hire additional workers because of the contract as well as work on new pollution–monitoring systems for commercial vessels. (Virginian-Pilot)

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