For the Record - Southern Virginia, September 2010

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Capps Shoe Co. Inc. was awarded a five-year, $29.6 million contract to manufacture women’s dress shoes for the military. The Lynchburg-headquartered company’s manufacturing plant in Gretna Industrial Park produced the shoes for the past 16 years. A delay in awarding the contract forced the plant to lay off 40 of its 170 employees in June. (Danville Register & Bee)

A staff report by the Virginia Division of Certificate of Public Need has recommended that the state health commissioner deny Centra’s request to provide diagnostic imaging services in Danville. The report also recommended Danville Regional Medical Center be allowed to add a CT scanner if the hospital meets conditions for providing free scans to indigent patients. (Danville Register & Bee)

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. announced plans to return to a continuous, seven-day schedule at its Danville plant. In March 2009 the facility switched to a three-shift, five-day operation. As a result, about 400 workers lost their jobs through a combination of layoffs and buyouts. (Danville Register & Bee)

Kimball Hospitality, a manufacturer of furniture for hotels and resorts, will invest $1 million to open a 60,000-square-foot facility in Martinsville’s Patriot Centre Industrial Park, creating 67 jobs. Virginia competed with Indiana and North Carolina for the investment. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Piedmont Warehouse of Danville reopened for the first time since 1971 to give growers another place to sell their tobacco. Plans call for selling rejected or excess tobacco through sealed bids at the 125,000-square-foot facility. (Danville Register & Bee)

Regitex USA LLC, a unit of a Canadian textile company, will buy a plant in Mecklenburg County to produce yarns for industrial use and home furnishings. The company will invest $1.5 million in an existing plant owned by Brodnax Mills and create 60 jobs.  (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Supply Resources Inc., a supplier of custom packaging and logistics services based in Danville, opened a 172,000-square-foot distribution center. Its previous location was less than half that size and the company now has more room to work on delivering products as its clients want. (Danville Register & Bee)

The Virginia Tobacco Commission will fund two projects in Southside, giving $5 million to support manufacturing of photovoltaic cells at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and $5 million for work at Virginia International Raceway on designing a new type of tire. (Danville Register & Bee)


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