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Southwest Virginia—For the Record

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ITT Night Vision, a Roanoke County-based manufacturer of night-enhancement vision products for the defense community, received a $24 million order for night vision goggles that combine image intensification and infrared technology into one device. The product is the first helmet-mounted monocular device to combine the features. (The Roanoke Times)

Luna Innovations Inc., a Roanoke based provider of technology solutions, developed impact-indicator paint for use on composite-material parts in aircraft to ease identification of damaged parts. Aluminum parts of an aircraft will dent, providing evidence of damage but composite parts will not show damage until past the breaking point of the unit. Impact-indicator paint will change color, highlighting potential damage to composite parts requiring a closer inspection by maintenance personnel. (The Roanoke Times)

Metal Manufacturing and Processing, a metal manufacturer that is a division of Raleigh Mine & Industrial Supply, plans to invest $3.2 million in a processing plant in Tazewell County creating 171 jobs. The plant will handle metal fabrication and truck parts remanufacturing. (News release)

RGC Resources Inc., a provider of energy products and services headquartered in Roanoke, was added to the Russell Microcap Index. The index is used by investment managers as an information source on microcap-size companies, the 1,000 smallest companies traded on national exchanges. The median market capitalization of companies in the group recently stood at $146 million. (News release)

Members of the United Steelworkers Local 8-940 ratified a new labor agreement with MeadWestvaco Corp. at its Low Moor converting facility. The new four-year pact covers 154 production workers and lays out increases for wages and pensions. MeadWestvaco is a Richmond-based producer of paper products and operates a paper mill in nearby Covington. (PRNewswire)

The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation issued grants to organizations in Central Virginia totaling $926,000. The largest award, $476,000, went to Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center for installation of the Digital Divide, a cardiovascular information technology system. The foundation supports the efforts of not-for-profit health organization and health-care providers in the region. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The University of Virginia at Wise will construct a $30 million convocation and recreation center to provide a venue for sporting events, concerts and other events in the Coalfield region. The 4,000-seat facility is expected to open in 2011. (Bristol Herald Courier)

WSLS 10, a Roanoke television station, received a national Edward R. Murrow award for spot news coverage of the April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. It is the second Murrow award for the station, which has also won an Emmy and a Peabody. The station is owned by Richmond-based Media General, the parent company of Virginia Business. (News release)

The Buildings Division of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern of Roanoke, an AECOM company, received a Bronze Award for its work on Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital’s consolidation from Building Design + Construction magazine. The project entailed uniting Roanoke Memorial with Carillion Roanoke Community Hospital at Community’s location. About 300,000 square feel of new construction and 150,000 square feet of renovation were involved. The project team consisted of HSMM as architect; Carillion Design Group and Carillon Clinic, owner; Skanska USA Building Inc., contractor; and Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, consultant. (News release)


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