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Corning Inc., a New York-based glassmaker, announced plans to drop two products made at its Danville plant and close the facility, with the loss of 200 jobs. The action is part of a company plan to cut 3,500 jobs worldwide because of the recession. The plant opened in 1962 and less than two years ago the company announced plans for a $12 million expansion. Corning said it would repay $150,000 in state grants for the expansion. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Danville was included in the top 10 North American Cities of the Future in a survey by fDi Magazine, which analyzes foreign direct investment. The city ranked fourth in economic potential and quality of life for cities with fewer than 100,000 residents. The only other Virginia city ranked was Richmond, which was fourth in foreign investment strategy and ninth overall for cities between 100,000 and 500,000 residents. (Danville Register & Bee)

The City of Danville, in a partnership between its utility and information technology departments, established hot spots for wireless Internet access throughout city parks. The city undertook the project to provide free wireless access to people using the park system. (Danville Register & Bee)

Griffith Lumber Co., a lumber business established in 1933, was destroyed in a massive fire. The company employed 50 workers. Options for the company include rebuilding, leasing another mill or renting equipment to set up temporary operations at the current site. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

GSI Commerce, an e-commerce services provider based in Pennsylvania, closed its Martinsville call center with the loss of 279 jobs. Work will be handled at other GSI operations around the country and by its network of work-at-home employees. The center opened in 1999 and became part of GSI when it bought Accretive Commerce in 2007. Operations at GSI’s center for filling Internet orders will not be affected. It has 208 employees. (The Roanoke Times)

The U.S. Geological Survey gave a $60,000 grant to Robert Bodnar, a geochemist at Virginia Tech, to study the Coles Hill uranium deposits near Chatham in Pittsylvania County. The study will examine how the deposit was formed and perhaps uncover ways to identify similar uranium locations. Proposals for mining the potentially lucrative deposit have sparked disputes among local residents and state regulators for many years. (Danville Register & Bee)

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