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Engineering Design & Sales, a Danville-based manufacturer of battery chargers and power supplies, closed after 33 years in business. The company cited declining sales as U.S. companies outsourced work to cheaper producers abroad. (Danville Register & Bee)

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the United Steelworkers reached agreement on a nationwide contract voted on by more than 10,000 workers, which will keep half a dozen plants open during the next four years, including one in Danville. Employees in Danville voted against the proposed contract.  (Danville Register & Bee)

The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. dedicated a new shell building in the Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek industrial park. The 101,000-square-foot facility will be custom finished based on specifications needed for the company that buys it. Equipment is being installed now on a previous shell building bought by RTI International Metals. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Pittsylvania County agreed to funnel a $448,000 grant from The Tobacco Commission to VanDerHyde Dairy Inc. for an anaerobic digester to process manure from more than 900 cows for the production of electricity, bedding and liquid fertilizer. Waste heat will also be directed into hot-water production and heating. (Danville Register & Bee)

Stanley Furniture Co. announced plans to hire 99 workers at its Stanleytown plant over the next few months as part of a commitment to produce its entire Young America products line in the U.S. That line of furniture is aimed at the youth market. (The Associated Press)

Virginia Uranium Inc. agreed to pay for a study on the feasibility of mining uranium in Pittsylvania County. Virginia Tech will contract with the National Academy of Sciences for the study, which could cost up to $1.4 million. VUI has sought clearance for several years to mine and mill a 119-million-pound uranium ore deposit at Coles Hill, about six miles from Chatham. (Danville Register & Bee)

White Mill Development LLC contracted demolition work at the White Mill site in downtown Danville to J.W. Demolition of Charlotte, N.C., and outside cleanup work to CLC Inc. of Lynchburg. The former Dan River Mills plant site is being renovated with an eye toward attracting high-tech firms to the city. The next phase of work will involve removal of lead-based paints, asbestos, fixtures and wiring. (Danville Register & Bee)

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