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Alpha Natural Resources will build a $17.5 million headquarters in Bristol, Va., creating 69 new jobs and retaining 131 jobs. The coal company, which recently bought Foundation Coal, is currently headquartered in nearby Abingdon. The headquarters will be located in Bristol’s new Sugar Hollow Business Complex and ready for occupancy in mid-2011.   (News release)

Attaain Inc., a Blacksburg-based business intelligence technology company, has received the AIIP Technology Award from the Association of Independent Information Professionals. The award honored AttaainCI, the company’s Web-based competitive intelligence and market intelligence tool. (News release)

Bristol City Council approved a plan to allow its municipal utility and broadband service, Bristol Virginia Utilities, to separate from the city and form its own authority. The authority’s board would be filled by representatives from the city, Washington County and citizen appointments. The plan will have to be approved by the General Assembly. (Bristol Herald Courier)

Carolina Profile Design Corp. will invest $3 million to install a metal machining process at its Grayson County operation, creating 55 jobs. The expansion will allow the manufacture of high-end metal parts. (News release)

Cobham plc, a British manufacturer of electronics, will consolidate two locations of its acquisition, M/A-Com, and relocate the employees to Blacksburg to facilitate the production of semiconductor devices. The relocation will settle into a 50,000-square-foot facility in the Blacksburg Industrial Park. The move will cost about $7 million. No new jobs are expected right away. (The Roanoke Times)

Hubbell Lighting Inc., a Christiansburg manufacturer of light fixtures, laid off 20 workers because of declining demand for their products from a soft construction sector. The company has also used four-day work weeks to weather the downturn. (The Roanoke Times)

Norfolk Southern Corp., a Norfolk-based railroad company, will move 30 jobs from Roanoke to Atlanta. No layoffs are involved with the move, which comes as part of a move to improve coordination in its safety and environment department. (The Roanoke Times)

Shenandoah Life Insurance Co., a Roanoke provider of insurance services, sold its group insurance business to Assurant Employee Benefits of Kansas City, Mo., for $500,000. The sale was made under the supervision of the State Corporation Commission, which took over Shenandoah in February after finding in hazardous financial condition. (The Roanoke Times)

Volvo Trucks North America laid off 50 workers from its Pulaski County plant as a result of the continued downturn in truck sales because of the slow economy. The company previously announced plans to move production of its Mack truck line to a Pennsylvania plant. That process is now under way. (The Roanoke Times)


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