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Business

  • Chamber promotes Small Business Saturday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a press conference, Friday, to promote Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 26.

  • Smyth to expand

        The Bedford County Office of Economic Development has announced that Smyth Companies LLC of Bedford will invest more than $4.6 million in new offset printing equipment at its Bedford facility and add a minimum of 16 full time jobs over the next three years.
        The investment comes in the form of a new sheet-fed press to be installed over the next several months that will give the company a greater capacity to grow its production and improve efficiencies to compete in the highly advanced print label industry.

  • Progress is ongoing at Bedford Memorial

    Progress at Bedford Memorial Hospital has been an ongoing project this year.

        According to Patti Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO, the hospital recently completed a major renovation of the medical/surgical floor that occupies the former obstetrics floor.
        This was more than just cosmetic. They ripped out ceilings. They ripped up floors. They reconfigured rooms.
        The result does not look like a 1950s hospital.

  • Beale’s Gold

        Come June of next year, people looking for Beale’s Gold won’t need to try to solve a complex cipher and then head out with a pick and shovel. All they’ll have to do is go to Beale’s Brewery & BBQ on Grove Street in Bedford. Beale’s Gold will be the new brewery’s flagship beer.

  • Rain didn’t stop Big Island Mill celebration

        Fire and floods didn’t stop the paper mill at Big Island.

        And a rainy Saturday didn’t stop the big event that capped off the mill’s 125th anniversary celebration. The big pavilion at Sedalia Center provided shelter for those attending the event, as well as the band that entertained them. Tents provided further shelter.
        Those attending, including Jim Hannan, Georgia-Pacific’s chief executive officer, lined up in the drizzle to get burgers and fries at a food truck.

  • SE&M wins new contracts, set to expand business

        Systems Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (SE&M), a Forest-based manufacturer of military equipment, conveyors, and specialized engineering and project management services, will expand its business, adding 10 new jobs and investing more than $700,000 in new equipment over the next three years.

  • He’s tops in concrete

    Concrete Institute, at its World of Concrete convention in Las Vegas, named the four most influential people in concrete construction in the world.

        One of them, Steve Lloyd, lives in Bedford County. Lloyd owns Lloyd Concrete Services, located in Rustburg. It started out in 1985 with five employees — all five still work for the company  —  and now has 88. The company has done major jobs in 28 states.

  • Chamber promotes Small Business Saturday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a press conference, Friday, to promote Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 26.

        Susan Martin, the president of the Chamber, urged people to come out the Saturday after Thanksgiving and do some of their Christmas shopping at local small businesses.
        Martin said that, according to the U. S. Small Business Administration, half of America’s workers either own or work for a small business.

  • Bedford enters into agreement to bring business class hotel to town

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    The Town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority today announced it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the Town of Bedford.

     

  • Elks Home marks centennial

        A crowd filled the Elks National Home, Thursday afternoon as English Meadows marked the facility’s 100th anniversary. The Elks national organization sold the home to English Meadows three years ago.