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Business

  • Longwood Industries survives by being flexible

        Agility is Longwood Industries’ key to survival, according to Renee Fisher, Longwood’s executive director. Fisher has served in that post since 1976.

        Fisher said that Longwood was incorporated in 1972, one of 40 sheltered workshops that were set up after Virginia deinstitutionalized people in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

  • Program focuses on opportunities area businesses have to offer

        A group of local business and government representatives gathered at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) near New London, Friday for a breakfast presentation on the Bedford One Program. The program got started as an effort to provide local industry tours for county high school students.

        “Region 2000 provides lots of jobs,” said Michael Moorshead, formerly vice president of Barr Laboratories (now Teva). Moorshead serves on the steering committee that guides Bedford One.

  • The Bedford Columns opens its doors to public

        Those who visited The Bedford Columns Sunday discovered elegance at its best as they went from room to room in the remodeled dream-come-true for owners Brian and Vickie Runk.

        The Grand Opening of the event and conference center in Bedford was the culmination of an 18-month transformation for the historic building that last housed an assisted living facility.

  • Hope’s Diner

        James and Ashley Fincher hope their business venture will be a success.

        It’s called Hope’s Diner, taking its name from their 13-month-old daughter and it occupies the building most recently used by Marcello’s.

  • 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).