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Furniture makers American of Martinsville and Barcalounger Home will consolidate operations at American’s Martinsville facility. Both companies are owned by Hancock Park Associates of Los Angeles. The move will create 94 jobs and help protect 121 existing positions. Each company will retain its brand and market focus. The consolidation is intended to cut costs and promote efficiency. Barcalounger will close its Rocky Mount, N.C., plant, and those 140 employees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs in Henry County. (The Roanoke Times)

Goodyear, an Akron, Ohio-based tire manufacturer, will produce 100,000 tires for BAE Tactical Vehicle Systems to use on military transport vehicles that it builds. The tires will be produced at Goodyear’s Danville plant. (PRNewswire)

LiFeBATT Inc. USA, a seller of large, high-tech lithium ion batteries for the global market, announced plans to move its headquarters from Las Vegas to Danville. The company sells batteries made in Asia but packaged and marketed in the U.S. (Danville Register & Bee)

Eighty-six people have earned degrees at 3-year-old New College Institute in Martinsville, which has an enrollment of more than 300 students. The institute offers 17 degree programs. The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia will decide in 2012 whether the institute will become a four-year, public college. (Martinsville Bulletin)

Nilit, a nylon manufacturer based in Israel, bought Nylstar, a Martinsville nylon production facility. It will be Nilit’s first U.S. manufacturing operation. Nylstar had been owned by J.P. Morgan after it took over the assets of Bear Stearns. Nilit has sold fiber in the U.S. for some time, but until now its products had been manufactured abroad. (Martinsville Bulletin)

The replacement of Danville’s Robertson Bridge received $28.9 million in federal stimulus aid. With $10.8 million already in hand from the city, it becomes a fully funded project. The six-lane span will also carry natural gas and water lines to service a nearby industrial mega-park. Officials said that without the infusion of stimulus money, the project would have been put off indefinitely. (Danville Register & Bee)

StarTek, a Denver-based provider of customer call services, will hire 75 people for its Collinsville call center. The move comes as a result of client growth. StarTek provides customer assistance and technical help for clients, mostly from the telecommunications sector. (Martinsville Bulletin)

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