For the Record - Shenandoah Valley, November 2010

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Carrizon Oil and Gas Co., a Houston natural-gas provider, dropped plans to seek a permit for drilling in the Rockingham County community of Bergton because of local opposition. The use of the drilling technique called hydrofracking was blamed for explosions and water contamination. (Daily News-Record) 

F.R. Drake Co., a Waynesboro-based manufacturer of equipment for processing and packaging food, added nine new jobs after acquiring a unit of Marel Food Systems in May. The company hopes its work on robotic inspection systems will lead to further expansion. (News Virginian)

George C. Shumate Inc., a Lexington sawmill operator, agreed to settle a federal suit for sexual harassment by paying $60,000 to two female employees, one of whom was fired in 2007. (The Associated Press)

Southern Stainless Equipment Co., a Waynesboro-based manufacturer of commercial freezers and kitchen equipment, completed the acquisition of W.A. Brown & Son and will move its cooler components operation to the former Brown site in Salisbury, N.C. Southern will continue producing its stainless steel components in Waynesboro. (News Virginian)

Sperry Van Ness and OakCrest Cos. ended their Winchester commercial real estate partnership because of differences over its direction. (The Winchester Star)

Trex Co., a Winchester-based manufacturer of wood-alternative products, entered into a licensing agreement with Poly-Wood Inc. of Syracuse, Ind., to develop and market outdoor furniture. The planned collection will have 26 designs in four product lines available in six colors.  (The Winchester Star)

Tyson Foods Inc., a Springdale, Ark., provider of chicken food products, laid off 24 workers at its Harrisonburg plant after it decided to outsource collection and loading of birds at area farms for shipment to the processing plant. (Daily New-Record)

The William Edwards Inc. trucking company of Verona was sold to Lawrence Transportation Systems Inc. of Roanoke. Edwards will continue its Verona warehouse operations as well as its fleet operations in Covington. (News Leader)

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