For the Record - Southern Virginia, December 2012

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DanChem, a custom chemical manufacturer in Danville, opened the Advanced Technology Center, a 5,000-square-foot facility on its 55-acre campus. The new building has three physically separated suites. The suites allow the company to do two things: Create more small and midsize batches of its products and keep their customers’ secrets. (Danville Register & Bee)

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative has partnered with the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health to develop a genomic sequencing center in Danville Tobacco Warehouse District. Delegate Danny Marshall said the center will bring 10 new jobs with an average salary of $90,000. They will not be relocations, but new hires. The center is scheduled to be up and running by early summer. (Danville Register & Bee)

GSI Commerce in Martinsville is hiring 900 seasonal and temp-to-hire workers, providing a needed jolt to a city with 15.9 percent unemployment. A division of eBay, the GSI Commerce Fulfillment Center warehouses, packs and ships items for e-commerce retailers. Kelly Services is handling recruitment for the positions. (Danville Register & Bee)

Memorial Hospital in Martinsville will be the official on-site care provider at Martinsville Speedway. The hospital will provide care for the Infield Care Center and the new Fan Care Center. Treatment provided at the Fan Care Center will include minor to moderate medical conditions and injuries. (Martinsville Bulletin)

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors has passed a uranium mining resolution that does not ask the state to maintain a 30-year moratorium on uranium mining and milling. A more strongly worded uranium mining resolution proposed died in a committee meeting. (Danville Register & Bee)

Pittsburgh-based RTI International Metals Inc. has begun commercial production of titanium at its $135 million manufacturing plant in Martinsville. The start of production followed more than 10 months of certification testing to meet standards set by aerospace giant Airbus, which will use much of the factory’s output to produce passenger jets. At full capacity, the plant can produce up to 14 million pounds of titanium annually. The plant has created 25 jobs. (News release)

The University of Virginia’s Weldon-Cooper Center for Public Service is conducting a study of the economic impact of agriculture in the Dan River Region. The Danville Regional Foundation has provided a $25,000 grant for the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation to pay for the study. The center’s deadline for completion is Feb. 5, 2013. (Danville Register & Bee)

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