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Business

  • Local welder has been in business for 50 years

        Leo Klein had been in business for 52 of his 74 years.

        A welder and machinist, he’s been at his current location on U. S. 460, east of Bedford, for 22 years.
        “I came out of Pittsburgh,” Klein said.
        Actually, he has worked for other people, but even at those times, he’s had a business on the side.

  • Up to 200 new jobs could be coming to Bedford

        The former Rubatex plant could soon be up and running again under the direction of Gran Tee Investments LLC.
        According to Trevor Ballou, vice president with the company, Gran Tee purchased the plant and hopes to get it operational as soon as possible.
        Ballou and company president Chet Mitchell formed the LLC in Virginia with the express purpose of purchasing the plant. The product will be similar to what was produced when Rubatex was operational.

  • Orthopedic services return to Bedford Memorial

    After a decade’s hiatus, orthopedic services will return to Bedford Memorial Hospital. Dr. John W. Carmody, in association with the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia, will be holding office hours here primarily for consulting and post-surgical management appointments.

  • Business awards

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner Thursday night — a chance to look back on the year and honor area businesses. Susan Martin, the Chamber’s president, recounted the Chamber’s successes to the 173 people who attended the dinner.

        “Our business members identified three key reasons for participating with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce,” Martin said. “They included networking, promotion, visibility and advocacy.”

  • Bedford tops area in business start-ups

        The Bedford area leads Region 2000 in new business start-ups, according to Traci Blido, Bedford County’s director of economic development.

        Region 2000 consists of the counties of Appomattox, Amherst, Bedford and Campbell as well as the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg. Lynchburg had the second largest number in 2010 with 81. Bedford County had 86 and, with the city’s new start ups thrown in, totals 92.

  • Aznavorian seeks harmony with neighbors

        George Aznavorian’s Harmony project takes a step forward with a neighborhood information meeting, Wednesday evening, in the county administration building. This is a step toward getting the property rezoned from its current AR (agricultural reserve) zoning to PD-1 (planned development district).

  • Local couple hopes to open new winery

        Bedford County could get a new winery if James and Sandra Ramaker have their way.
        The Ramakers currently have five acres of wine grapevines on Hendricks Store Road, in the Smith Mountain Lake area of the county.  Their entire 101-acre parcel is currently zoned residential, and the Ramakers want it rezoned agricultural village. This will allow them to make wine and have a wine tasting room.

  • Business grows one stitch at a time

        A business that started in Carissa Suter’s Bedford County home outgrew the house, and is still growing. Last year it ceased to be a one-woman operation when Suter hired an assistant and a seamstress.

        The business is called The Gilded Thimble and is located in the Bedford Mini-Mall on North Bridge Street.
        Suter used to design and make items for boutiques and do custom sewing for private clients.

  • New phase at Mayberry Hills inaugurated

        Mayberry Hills opened a new phase in its build-out, called Courtyards at Mayberry, with a ribbon cutting at the model for the patio houses that it will offer.

        “It’s one of three different models we have here,” said Jody Lyons of Lyons Team Realtors.

  • Battle of the stockyards

        “We’re always in competition.”

        That was the response of Lisa Landes, office manager of the Springlake Stockyard, as to what prompted the latest challenge. But this time, area stockyards are working together to raise gifts and food for area families in need.
        “A lot of our friends and family had a hard time this year,” Landes said of the need. “We decided that we’d have a little bit of a friendly competition.”