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Eden Pellets Inc., a Colorado-based manufacturer of wood pellets, plans to invest $6 million to begin production at a facility in Chesapeake. The company leased 60,000 square feet of space in the former Chesapeake Hardwood Products plant. The investment will create 20 jobs, and the company aims to produce 60,000 tons of pellets in the first year of operation. (Virginian-Pilot)

The James City County Economic Development Authority will partner with the College of William & Mary to expand the reach of its business incubator. The college’s Technology and Business Center will take over management of the operation and broaden the scope of the incubator to businesses that may not necessarily be technology oriented. The name will also be changed to the James City County Business and Technology Incubator. (News release)

MEB General Contractors of Chesapeake received a $22.3 million contract from the Navy to replace fuel storage tanks at the Fleet & Industrial Supply Center in Jacksonville, Fla. The work is expected to be completed in 2012. (News release)

The Norfolk Southern Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Norfolk Southern Corp., gave grants totaling $5.7 million during 2009. The total includes matching grants to 535 organizations and grants other than matching gifts to another 329. (PRNewswire)

Soluble Solutions LLC of Newport News announced its TheraGauze wound dressing product received funding from the Defense Department for clinical study. TheraGauze uses a breathable polymer that senses and responds to different moisture levels in a wound. (Daily Press)

West Corp., an Omaha, Neb., provider of customer contact services, will close its Hampton call center with the loss of 450 full- and part-time positions. (Virginian-Pilot)


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