For the Record - Southern Virginia, February 2012

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Amthor International Inc., a manufacturer of truck-mounted tanks headquartered in Gretna, announced plans to enlarge its plant and add 50 jobs. Amthor builds tanks for fuel delivery trucks, fire department pumpers and other specialty vehicles. (Danville Register & Bee)

A request by Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) to recover $26.1 million in costs associated with the acquisition and operation of the Dresden Generating Plant has been approved by the State Corporation Commission.  The latest rate adjustment will become effective for service rendered on or after March 1. The new charge will increase the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity by about $2.08. The Dresden Generating Plant is a 580-megawatt, natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Ohio that is expected to begin operations in late February.  (Martinsville Bulletin)

Daniel Builders LLC of Danville is renovating the former River City General Store on Main Street for the City of Danville. The building was purchased by the Industrial Development Authority of Danville in March last year. Improvements to the building will include a new heating and air-conditioning system, flooring, fixtures, restrooms and exterior structural repairs. The renovation is tentatively scheduled for completion in February. (News release)

Danville Regional Medical Center began a new program, WellnessWorks, to help local businesses establish and maintain healthy lifestyles for employees. The free program includes injury prevention and intervention services, wellness promotion and hospital-care facilitation. (Danville Register & Bee)

Faneuil Inc., a Hampton-based provider of customer service solutions, will invest $1.5 million to open a call center in Halifax County to service customers of Dominion Virginia Power. The facility will create 150 jobs. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Workers at the Swedwood plant in Danville ratified a three-year contract between the plant and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Swedwood produces furniture for Swedish retailer IKEA.
(Danville Register & Bee)

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