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Boxley Materials Co., a Bedford-based construction materials company, received Green-Star certifications for all eight of its concrete plants in 2009 from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. (The Roanoke Times)

Mercury Data Exchange, a Roanoke-based provider of real-time data exchange services for dental offices, has partnered with Delta Dental of Colorado to provide processing services to Delta’s network. Transactions covered include eligibility and benefits verification, claims adjudication and direct funds deposit. (News release)

Innovative Technologies Inc., an Abingdon pharmaceutical research and development company, bought the former Abingdon Cold Storage facility as a site to begin manufacturing drugs. Innovative has 35 drugs in various stages of development. The company plans to hire 18 workers by the end of the year. (Bristol Herald Courier)

New Millennium Building Systems, a Salem manufacturer of steel joists and other products for construction, laid off 47 workers, almost one-third of its work force. The downturn in the construction sector led to the move. New Millennium is a subsidiary of Indiana-based Steel Dynamics. (The Roanoke Times)

Virginia Tech received a three-year, $2.5 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development to manage a program to improve tomato production and improve pesticide use in Mali. (News release)

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