For the Record:  Shenandoah Valley - May 2010

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Best Buy, a Minneapolis-based electronics retailer, will build a 30,000-square-foot store in Winchester. Plans call for employing 100 full- and part-time workers. (The Winchester Star)

Harris Corp., a Melbourne, Fla.-based IT services company, bought a building and 13 acres in Harrisonburg from DBT-Data of Washington, D.C., for $41.6 million. The facility was originally planned as a secure data storage operation. Harris has not announced its plans for the property. (Daily News-Record)

Highland New Wind Development received final approval from Virginia for development of a wind turbine project on a mountain ridge in Highland County. Plans call for building nineteen 400-foot turbines that would capture and convert enough energy from the wind to power 12,000 houses. (Roanoke Times)

James Madison University’s College of Business was ranked 13th in the country for public colleges by BusinessWeek magazine. Among all 139 ranked institutions in the study, public and private, JMU came in 41st, up from 44th last year. (Daily News-Record)

Kraft Foods Global Inc. will invest $40 million in its Frederick County plant to increase production of its Capri Sun beverage. The investment will create 100 jobs. (News release)

ProBuild, a material supplies company in Denver, bought Glaize Components, a Winchester manufacturer of roof and floor trusses. Glaize’s 39 employees will be retained, and laid-off workers were called back as part of a plan to hire 25 to 30 more workers. (The Winchester Star)

Southern Stainless Equipment, a Waynesboro-based manufacturer of walk-in freezers and equipment for restaurants and convenience stores, laid off about 40 workers in what is believed a temporary measure. The harsh winter slowed sales and production. (News-Virginian)

Trex Co., a Winchester manufacturer of decking products, settled a class action suit brought by customers who complained about flaking problems with decking materials from the company’s Femley, Nev., plant. Trex agreed to replace the decking and provide partial reimbursement for labor. (The Winchester Star)

Waynesboro unveiled a GIS mapping system which allows searching of property data, land values and other information. The system, developed by WorldView Solutions Inc. of Richmond, is in use by other cities such as Lynchburg, Danville and Hampton. (News-Virginian)

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