For the Record - Shenandoah Valley, February 2013

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Anytime Fitness will develop a 4,332-square-feet exercise environment to be located in the Maple Ridge Square Retail Center in Staunton.  According to a release, Anytime Fitness members can work out any time of the day or night and every day of the year. The fitness facility includes new training and cardiovascular equipment and aqua massage beds. (News Leader)

Cadence Inc. in Staunton has been named one of the top 10 manufacturers in the United States by Inc. magazine, based on the number of people hired during the past three years. Cadence ranked fifth in the United States and No. 1 in Virginia for hiring. It was one of two health-care manufacturers who made the top 10 list for manufacturing. Inc. recognized Cadence for its addition of 79 employees in the last three years, bringing total employment to 279. (News Leader)

Waynesboro-based nTelos Wireless has expanded coverage in the Danville area by adding 10 new cell sites and increasing capacity on existing sites, a $3 million investment. In addition to the increase in infrastructure, nTelos also moved its retail location to a new 2,000-square-foot space in Coleman Marketplace in Danville. (

RMH Community Health has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million federal grant that among other things will allow it to employ two additional substance abuse specialists to serve families in Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page and Shenandoah counties. The grant, from the federal department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, will support the Central Shenandoah Valley Family Partnership’s efforts to help families in danger of having children removed from their homes because of substance abuse by a caregiver. (News Leader)

Rockingham Memorial Hospital has launched around-the-clock pediatric service for inpatient newborns and children. The Sentara-affiliated hospital developed the service with pediatricians, family physicians, the Harrisonburg Community Health Center and RMH Medical Group. The hospital-based physicians will focus on the care of newborns and children in the emergency department, nursery and nursing units. (News Leader)

WhiteWave Foods Co. is planning an $8 million expansion at its plant in Mount Crawford. The move is expected to create 32 jobs. The organic dairy company plans to add a half-gallon line at the plant. The new line is expected to begin operations in October. WhiteWave obtained a permit for the project from Rockingham County in December. (Daily News-Record)

Winchester Medical Center has received a three-star rating for its coronary artery bypass grafting program — the highest score possible according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In recent years, the society has developed a rating system to measure the quality of cardiac surgery in hospitals nationwide. The most recent analysis of national data covered a period from July 1, 2011, to June 30 2012, and the results ranked Winchester’s cardiac surgery program in the highest tier. (Northern Virginia Daily)

Thousands of Americans have rushed to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns in the aftermath of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and the Northern Shenandoah Valley is proving to be no exception to the trend. Court and law enforcement officials in Frederick, Warren and Shenandoah counties all reported applications for concealed weapons permits between Dec. 14, the date of the Connecticut shooting, and Dec. 31, increased at nearly double or more than double the rate for the same period in 2011. (Northern Virginia Daily)


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