Shenandoah—For the Record

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Graham Packaging Co., a manufacturer of plastic containers, temporarily laid off 60 workers at its Harrisonburg operation. Reaction to market shifts led the company to move from a seven-day to a five-day workweek. Workers will be recalled after the company adjusts to new market conditions. (Daily News Record)

James Madison University is moving ahead on $167 million in construction projects using funds from state and university sources. Included in the list is a $45 million biotechnology building and $40 million for the first phase of an expansion of Bridgeforth Stadium. (Daily News Record)

Lafayette Plaza LLC, owners of Winchester’s Taylor Hotel, received approval to begin lower-level work to renovate the 1846 building. The firm plans to convert the upper floors to condo units and offer retail space on the first floor. The building suffered a partial roof collapse shortly after its purchase in October 2007. (The Winchester Star)

Marlow Ford of Luray, owned by John Marlow, received Ford Motor Co.’s President’s Award for the second consecutive year. The honor was given to 408 of more than 4,000 Ford dealerships excelling in sales and service. (Daily News Record)

Verizon Wireless upgraded its high-speed broadband network along the I-81 and I-64 corridors, offering greater speed for online usage. However the network’s footprint was not increased. Verizon has spent $300 million in the last year to enhance its network in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore-Virginia region. (Daily News Record)

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources awarded a cost-share grant to Winchester and Preservation of Historic Winchester Inc. to begin architectural surveys of the city’s Historic District. The area was last surveyed in 1976. (The Winchester Star)

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