For the Record: Southern Virginia - May 2010

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Danville tied for sixth place for new and expanded corporate facilities in 2009 among metro areas of population 20,000-50,000, according to Site Selection magazine. Danville tied with Lebanon, Pa.; Jackson, Tenn.; and Morristown, Tenn.  (Danville Register & Bee)

The Dan River Business Development Center received a three-year, $912,000 grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to help expand its broadband infrastructure and programs offered to small businesses and startup companies. (Danville Register & Bee)

Following recommendations of city staff, Martinsville elected not to participate in more hydroelectric projects by American Municipal Power. The city already gets 11 percent of its power through hydro projects. Consultants advised the city not exceed to 12 percent and suggested that it seek other power sources. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Morgan Lumber Co. will invest $4.2 million in its Charlotte County facility by installing a new dry kiln technology to boost production and energy efficiency. The move will create 25 jobs. Virginia competed with North Carolina for the investment. (News release)

RTI International Metals Inc. hopes to fill two positions at the plant it is building in Henry County, but the company is not ready to begin operations yet. RTI has advertised openings for an electrical maintenance manager and a mechanical maintenance manager. RTI announced in January 2008 that it would create 150 jobs at its facility in Henry County. Company officials have said they expect the plant to open in late 2010 or early 2011. (Martinsville Bulletin)

Auto-parts producer TECHMA U.S.A. Inc. closed its plant in Greta in March. The move eliminated 89 jobs.  The plant closing was announced in January. (Danville Register & Bee)

A wind tunnel could be added to the engineering research facility at Virginia International Raceway if Old Dominion University and the Tobacco Commission continue to move forward with preliminary plans for the project. ODU’s aerospace engineering department now uses a decommissioned tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, but that the 30-by-60-foot tunnel is slated for demolition. (Danville Register & Bee)


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