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Business

  • Martin resigns from Bedford Chamber

        Susan Martin has resigned as president of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.

        After 11 years at the helm, Martin is leaving to take a job with Ross IES in Roanoke. Martin said the IES in Ross’s name stands for Innovative Employment Solutions.
        Martin first took charge of the Bedford Chamber in February, 2007. A West Virginia native, Martin had lived in Bedford for 10 years before taking the job with the Chamber.

  • SML Hearing Center opens location in Bedford

    SML Hearing Center held a ribbon cutting at its new location in Bedford Friday and officially opened its doors at the new office on Monday.

        The new service center will be open on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Bedford at the office located at 1029K Turnpike Rd. Tuesday through Friday it will be open by appointment.
        This is the second location for SML Hearing Center. The flagship facility is located in Moneta at 1100 Celebration Ave., #210.

  • Local businessman opens firearms shop

        A new gun shop in Forest, Elk Creek Sporting and Precision Gun Smithing, combines firearms sales and gunsmithing.

  • Innovairre makes big investment in county

        Innovairre has made a major investment in its plant on Elkton Farm Road, in Forest.

        The company has invested $4.85 million in two advanced inkjet presses which, according to Chad Stevens, the vice president for operations, can each produce 720 feet of printed material per minute. The new presses also mean the company will hire 12 additional employees. The presses can also be expanded with add ons.

  • Horse sense

        Colt Rainville is in an appropriate business for a guy named Colt. He’s a horse trainer. He’s also only 16, but is already a high school graduate.

        Rainville was home schooled and that made it possible for him to finish his high school studies early. He did that by continuing his studies during the summer, rather than taking a break. That allowed him to advance fast.

  • Chamber banquet

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 79 years of serving local business with its annual awards dinner held at the Boonsboro Country Club Thursday night. More than 260 people attended the event.

  • Innovairre to expand in Bedford

        Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that Innovairre Communications, LLC will expand its operation in Bedford County.
        The expansion will create 12 new jobs and 72 existing employees will be retrained to utilize the new digital printing technology Innovairre will use to produce direct mail fundraising materials for the nonprofit sector. The expansion will also result in $4.85 million in capital investment for the new printing equipment.

  • Blue Ridge Optics chosen for trade effort

        Blue Ridge Optics, a company located in Bedford, has been selected for Virginia’s VALET program.

        The acronym stands for Virginia Leaders in Export Trade. It’s designed to help companies that already have an established domestic business and want to branch out into exporting. There are currently 50 companies participating.

  • McDonalds gets a makeover

        The Bedford McDonald’s that stands in the old Walmart plaza is getting a complete makeover. The restaurant has been there since 1989. It closed on Jan. 14, temporarily, for the makeover.

  • Hand-crafted fine furniture

        Michael Maxwell’s roots grow deep in Bedford. And though he didn’t grow up here, he’s settled in here for the past 25 years, making fine, hand-crafted furniture that is sent out all over the country.

        Maxwell’s grandfather ran Rubatex at  one     time  and his family had ties to numerous businesses in the South Bridge Street area.