For the record - Hampton Roads

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CooperVision Inc., a manufacturer of contact lenses, will close its Norfolk plant over the next 15 months, with a loss of 570 jobs. The company is moving production to Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. (News release)

Isle of Wight County approved securing a $4.5 million bond to launch a program to buy development rights for agricultural land. Under the program, landowners would continue to farm the properties while giving up rights to develop the land. The county would place a conservation easement on the property. The program was put on hold last year after the stock market collapse. (Daily Press)

McDonald Garden Center of Hampton was named the national Nursery Retailer of the Year by Nursery Retailer magazine. Cited for innovations in merchandizing, display and customer service, McDonald was selected from more than 1,000 independent garden centers with at least $1 million in annual sales. (News release)

Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding was cited by the Navy for incorrectly installing weapons-handling systems on four Virginia-class submarines. The flawed work restricted ability of crews to move torpedoes into their launch tubes. The errors were found by Northrop’s partner on the Virginia program, General Dynamics Electric Boat of Groton, Conn. Only one of the subs, the North Carolina, had been commissioned. (Daily Press)

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