For the Record - Southwest Virginia, October 2012

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Bristol-based Alpha Natural Resources, the nation’s second-largest coal producer, plans to eliminate 1,200 jobs by early 2013, including 400 positions with the closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Alpha announced the job cuts in mid-September in outlining an effort to reshape its operations. The company is putting a greater focus on metallurgical coal, which is used to make steel.  (News release)

Carilion Clinic released a mobile app for its MyChart online tool which allows patients to see test results, contact doctors and check records through a secure online connection. MyChart is used by about 20,000 patients. (The Roanoke Times)

Dove Vinyl Windows, based in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., closed its Dublin location, citing slow economic conditions for the move. The closing will result in the loss of 52 jobs. (The Roanoke Times)

Marco Supply Co., a Roanoke-based distributor of tools and fasteners for the construction industry, was bought by Ram Tool and Supply Co., of Birmingham, Ala. Marco Supply’s current locations will remain open as part of Ram Tool’s expansion. (The Roanoke Times)

Neathawk Dubuque & Packett acquired The Becher Agency in a deal combining two of the Roanoke area’s leading advertising and public relations firms. The move will staff 17 full-time positions in Roanoke, and keep the Blacksburg office. The firm will have 54 employees in offices in six cities. (News release)

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant reopened its nitrocellulose production line, which was shut down on July 1 after a leak was detected. The line was closed for six weeks for inspections and repairs. (The Roanoke Times)

Regional Elite, a Minneapolis-based provider of ground handling and customer services for regional airlines, will close its Roanoke operations. The closing, which takes effect Oct. 30, affects 38 employees. (The Roanoke Times)

Roanoke approved a deal with Windsor/Aughtry Co., of Greenville, S.C., to develop and build a hotel atop the downtown Market Garage. The company will pay about $800,000 for 11,500 square feet of retail and storage space on the ground floor, plus the rights to add extra floors to the facility to complete a 123-room Hampton Inn & Suites. The hotel is expected to open in two years. (The Roanoke Times)

The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation received an $815,000 federal grant to assist small businesses engaged in the arts, outdoor recreation, food and broadband services. The foundation is entering a new phase of development, building on the Crooked Road music destination project and the Heartwood artisan center. (Bristol Herald Courier)

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise received a $1 million gift to endow the John C. Buchanan Professorship in biology. The funding came from the estate of the late Carol Phipps Buchanan whose husband was a former state senator and physician who practiced in Wise from 1971 until his death in 1991. (

Virginia Tech received a Trent 1000 jet engine from Rolls Royce for display in the foyer of the $100 million engineering building under construction. In addition to the engine Rolls Royce will provide interactive kiosks with information on engine design and manufacturing. The university and the company are partners on internships for engineering research and development. (The Roanoke Times)

Virginia Western Community College received a $198,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to bring together industry and high schools to foster the field of mechatronics, a combination of fields which includes software engineering, systems design and mechanical engineering. (The Roanoke Times)


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