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Berryville Graphics, a printer of books for major publishing houses, laid off 68 employees because of declining demand in the publishing sector and price wars among book publishers. It was the Berryville plant’s third layoff, totaling 138 workers, in the last year. The facility has 520 workers remaining. (The Winchester Star)

Harmon Construction of Harrisonburg received the build-out project for Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s $15.5 million Hahn Cancer Center. The company previously received the core and shell phases of the project, which is expected to be finished in June. The company also received contracts for two hotel projects in Harrisonburg, a $6 million Fairfield Inn by Marriott and a four-story, 26,000-square-foot Microtel Inn. (Daily News-Record)

Kraft Foods Global Inc. will invest $40 million to increase its production of its Capri Sun beverage line at the company’s facility in the Fort Collier Industrial Park in Frederick County. The expansion will create 100 jobs. (Northern Virginia Daily)

Shenandoah Hospital Services, a provider of mobile imaging services for hospitals based in Harrisonburg, was named one of the nation’s 10 best companies for employee financial security by The Principal Financial Group, a financial services firm. Companies were judged on a variety of criteria, including financial performance, worker security and benefits. (Daily News-Record)

Shenandoah University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship will partner in a program by the Virginia Enterprise Institute to offer loans to low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs. Under the program, start-up operations or existing businesses can apply for micro-loans of up to $35,000. (The Winchester Star)

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc. of Harrisonburg will administer a $5 million regional grant from the Labor Department intended to retrain 1,000 workers for “green” jobs. The grant will pay for retraining over the next three years to enter jobs in renewable energy, retrofitting homes and advanced vehicle development. (Daily News-Record)

Greg Gunter, a Winchester businessman, bought the Winchester Speedway from the family of former owner Charles Schneider of Loudoun County, who died in 2009. The 35-acre facility was sold for $1.25 million. Gunter plans to continue hosting races in the same divisions as before, including late model, pure stock and limited late model. (The Winchester Star)

James Madison University received a $3.4 million grant from the Virginia Department of Health to build a Web site providing nutrition information resources to lower-income families. The grant, one of the largest ever received by the university, will employ more than 100 faculty and students over two years to rebuild the “Health Bites” site. (Daily News-Record)

Comcast Spotlight, an advertising unit of Comcast Cable, moved its operations and eight-person staff from Staunton to Harrisonburg.  (Daily News-Record)



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