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Atlas Logistics, a unit of Iceland’s Eimskip, will hire 40 to 50 more workers for the Kroger distribution warehouse it manages in Roanoke County’s Glenvar area. Atlas has 223 employees at the center, which it has managed under contract for Kroger since about 1999. (The Roanoke Times)

Cox Communications announced plans to close its Roanoke County call center in a move to consolidate operations in light of marketplace conditions.  An undisclosed number of employees will be laid off but will have the opportunity to apply for other positions with Cox. The work done there will be transferred to Cox facilities in Hampton Roads. (The Roanoke Times)

Hansen Medical Inc., a Mountain View, Calif. tech company, filed for an injunction to prevent Roanoke-based Luna Innovations Inc. from transferring assets outside the company. Hansen recently won a $36 million suit against Luna for breach of contact and misappropriation of trade secrets. Company lawyers said the injunction was necessary to ensure Hansen could collect once the judgment is officially entered. (The Roanoke Times)

ITT Night Vision, a Roanoke County-based unit of ITT Corp., received a multimillion contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command for image intensification tubes for existing night vision equipment. The contract is separate from a September 2005 omnibus contract from the Army for night vision products, worth a potential $1.4 billion. (The Roanoke Times)

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. laid off nine workers from its facility in Botetourt County’s Bonsack community. The operation focuses on mechanical systems for heating and cooling systems. Economic conditions weakened demand for compressors made at the plant. (The Roanoke Times)

Roanoke Cement Co., based in Botetourt County, received the Overall Environmental Excellence Award from the Portland Cement Association’s 2008 competition. The company was cited for its accomplishments in environmental performance, land stewardship and energy efficiency. The Troutville facility is Virginia’s only cement manufacturing plant. (PRNewsire)

Scottrade, an online investment firm, opened a branch office in Roanoke’s Keagy Village Shopping Center. Jim Furlong was named local manager. The company now has 12 offices in Virginia. (Business Wire)

TLC Vision Corp., a nationwide provider of Lasik eye surgery procedures, closed its Roanoke office, which it opened in February 2006. Economic conditions led to the decision to consolidate Virginia operations. (The Roanoke Times)


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