FOR THE RECORD - Southern Virginia, August 2010

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Capps Shoe Co. Inc., a Lynchburg-based manufacturer of footwear, placed 40 of its 170 employees at its Gretna facility on temporary furlough. The company said it is waiting to see whether it receives another five-year contract from the military for women’s shoes.  (Danville Register & Bee)

Dominion Virginia Power and Halifax County have proposed building a 4 megawatt demonstration solar power and battery storage plant in the county. The $28 million investment would mean 150 jobs and help Dominion meet goals for renewable energy projects. The deal is dependent on a $5 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and approval by the State Corporation Commission. (Danville Register & Bee)

Monogram Food Solutions LLC, a Memphis, Tenn., producer of snack foods, will invest $4 million to expand production capacity at its Henry County plant, creating 150 jobs. The company makes snacks such as jerky, cheeses and beef sticks. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National College will offer a bachelor’s degree program in health-care management at its Danville campus this fall. The program is aimed at preparing students for managerial roles in clinics, hospitals and other health-care settings. (Danville Register & Bee)

Pittsylvania County proposed enacting covenants for the Berry Hill Road industrial mega park that would prohibit any mining or milling operations. Though opponents of uranium mining have pressed for such measures, county officials termed the move as protection for the investment in the park, a joint operation with Danville. The localities hope to attract a major manufacturer to the site.  (Danville Register & Bee)

Steve Martin Trenching Inc. of Bassett received a $903,000 contract from Pittsylvania County for water and sewer infrastructure work for the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex project. The site is intended as a central location for regional agriculture and livestock events, from farmers’ markets to equine activities and wine-related events.  (Danville Register & Bee)

VanDerHyde Dairy of Chatham received a $150,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture to further development of its anaerobic digester project which will process manure from livestock, extracting methane gas to be used in generation of electricity.  (Danville Register & Bee)

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