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ADMMicro Inc., a Roanoke-based energy technology firm, received a patent for an energy-management system and method for the control of multiple sub-loads. (News release)

Advance Auto Parts, a Roanoke-based retailer of automobile parts and accessories, signed a deal to outsource its over-the-road delivery system to UPS Freight and Schneider National Inc. in a move to increase efficiency. As a result, 270 driver and support jobs throughout the company will be eliminated, including 45 in Roanoke. (The Roanoke Times)

Corning Inc., a manufacturer of specialty glass and ceramic goods headquartered in Corning, N.Y., laid off 61 hourly employees and an undisclosed number of salaried workers at its Christiansburg plant. It produces pollution-control devices for the auto industry. (The Roanoke Times)

Fred Whitaker Co., an industrial textile dye company based in Roanoke, announced plans to shut down operations with the loss of 136 employees. Intense competition in the international textile industry and effects of the recession were cited for the move. (The Roanoke Times)

Hubbell Lighting Inc., a Greenville, S.C., manufacturer of electrical products, laid off 26 workers at its Christiansburg plant because of a downturn in industrial construction. (The Roanoke Times)

Radford University announced it will drop some majors and merge some departments in a move to offset an anticipated shortfall in state funding. Plans are not complete, but it is expected the college’s chemistry and biology departments will be merged. (The Roanoke Times)

Schultz-Creehan LLC, an engineering company headquartered in Blacksburg, received a contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. to study composite materials and evaluate their tolerance for extreme exhaust conditions in a study linked to possible use in naval landing pads. (News release)

The State Corporation Commission placed Shenandoah Life Insurance Co. of Roanoke in receivership after the firm suffered major asset losses from the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and a hoped-for merger with American United Mutual Insurance Holding Co. was cancelled. (The Virginian-Pilot)


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