Hampton Roads—For the Record

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HBA Architecture & Interior Design Inc., a Virginia Beach-based engineering company, received the Design Excellence for Interiors Award from the Hampton Roads chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its work on the Norfolk headquarters of Blackhawk Products Group. (News release)

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, in Norfolk, received approval from state regulators to add 26 beds. The expansion, to be completed in November 2010, will bring capacity to 212 beds. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Harbor Group International LLC, of Norfolk, invested $4 million for a preferred equity stake in 18 Massachusetts bank branches bought by American Realty Capital Trust Inc. from Rockland Trust. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Mediation Solutions of Virginia, in Chesapeake, began offering mediation, arbitration and evaluation services to companies in the construction, medical, manufacturing and insurance industries. Mediation Solutions is headed by Michael Ornoff, who has more than 25 years of expertise in private practice and service in the Virginia Attorney General’s office. (News release)

Norfolk Southern Corp., a Norfolk-based rail company, will invest $140 million for a 50 percent interest in a rail line between Albany, N.Y. and Boston. The joint venture with Pan Am Railways of North Billerica, Mass. will operate as Pan Am Southern. The deal will give Norfolk Southern direct access to Boston so that cargo will not have to be shifted in Albany. Norfolk Southern also won the rail industry’s top award for employee safety, the E.H. Harriman Memorial Safety Award, for the 19th consecutive year. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Williamsburg Pottery, a tourist destination noted for its outlet shopping offerings, will sell 21 parcels of land totaling 1,200 acres around the facility. The Pottery itself is not for sale. The land to be sold is flat land with interstate access and water features. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Smithfield Foods Inc., a producer of meat and pork products, has been sued by 230 current and former workers at its Smithfield plant, alleging violations of fair labor practices. The workers say they routinely weren’t paid for 30 to 45 minutes of daily overtime for several years. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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