Business

Public hearing set on Dollar General store

A public hearing on Toms Brook's proposed Dollar General store has been scheduled for next month. The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department station. Depending on the turnout at the meeting, it could be moved across the street to St. Peter ...

Delicious distributing

EDINBURG — Seventy-seven year-old Dean Pence is a man who “works until the job is done.” Standing in the truck garage at Wholesome Foods, Pence wipes the grease off his hands with a rag. Pence said it all started back in 1946, when his family started cutting chickens by hand for ...

Strasburg plant adding another 180 jobs

The auto industry is back in high gear, and that means more jobs in Strasburg. The International Automotive Components plant on Queen Street has hired about 120 new employees since 2012, said company spokesman David Ladd, and plans to add about 180 more jobs through 2016. The Strasburg ...

Manufacturer to open new facility

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority announced Thursday that a new manufacturing facility will open on Strasburg Road later this year. After a yearlong process, Dulles Industries, a construction foundation drilling equipment manufacture, will be moving into the ...

Meals tax collection a problem in some towns

Under Virginia state law, localities are allowed to collect a tax on prepared meals, from sit-down establishments to fast food restaurants, if it so chooses. For many towns in the Shenandoah Valley, the meals tax is a large portion of the towns’ revenues. A meals tax works similarly to a ...

First brewery opens in Shenandoah County

Craft brewing, all the rage these days from Oregon to the Old Dominion, has come to Shenandoah County. Last month, Swover Creek Farms, located in Edinburg, expanded its operations to include a brewery, with a capacity to produce 20 gallons of beer a day. Co-owned by Lynn and David St. Clair, ...

Building group announces new board, companies of the year

The Top of Virginia Building Association has announced its new board of directors for 2015, as well as the 2014 annual awards for members. The association represents companies in the building industry, including homebuilders, trade contractors, mortgage lenders, banks and material suppliers ...

A dream come true

FRONT ROYAL — When Holly Carper was 17, she graduated high school and took her first steps into the workforce. Her mother found a newspaper classified ad for a florist assistant and got Holly to make the call. “She was like, ‘you need a job’ so I called the florist, came in on a ...

Motorists won’t feel gas hike initially, industry insiders say

With gas prices at a five-year low, motorists in Virginia can expect to pay an extra 5 cents at the pump this year due to a hike in the commonwealth’s wholesale gas tax. The gas tax hike is a result of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s 2013 Transportation Bill, which depended on the passage of ...

Comcast adds ‘virtual hold’ to service offerings

Residents in Frederick and Warren counties started spending less time on hold with Comcast this month. The company has announced a series of customer service improvements, including “virtual hold,” which gives customers the option to use their XFINITY My Account application to schedule a ...

Town releases survey results

Front Royal has released the results of its online survey of what businesses town residents would like to see come to the area. The town received 551 responses, about 3.7 percent of the town’s population. The survey asked what types of businesses residents wanted, such as food stores, food ...

Quality over quantity

NEW MARKET — Monty Ruckman is a man who knows his coffee. “I spent 21 years in the Navy drinking a lot of bad coffee, and the same thing as a defense contractor for 19 years,” Ruckman said. Seven years ago, Ruckman ran into his boss, an ex-navy captain, outside a ...

Strite’s Donuts comes to New Market

NEW MARKET — Sitting in a trailer at the Liberty gas station parking lot off Route 211, Frank Emswiler smiles warmly when a customer walks up to the window. “I’ll take a half a dozen doughnuts,” the customer says. “Two Bavarian crème, two glazed and two blueberry.” Emswiler ...

Company to utilize green energy facility

Valley Proteins, a Winchester-based grease and animal by-product recycler, has signed an intent agreement with the Frederick-Winchester Service Authority to deliver eight to 10 million gallons of organic waste annually to the Opequon Water Reclamation Facility. The authority signed a $45 ...

Old Town sees after Christmas rush

WINCHESTER — Christmas had come and gone, but the shopping sprees continued Friday. The day after Christmas is considered one of the largest shopping days of the year, with stores expecting $65 billion in returns, accounting for one quarter of all holiday spending, the National Retail ...

Stalking stuffers

WOODSTOCK — Local taxidermist Bradley Patton never quite got over stuffed animals. If it's got feathers, fur or fish scales, chances are he's probably skinned and mounted it. If it's been shot at, pierced by an arrow or hit by a car, he's probably turned it into a wall trophy. Patton, ...

Roanoke company to rebrand

Roanoke-based Lawrence Companies, a freight company, is undergoing a re-branding effort. Since 1932, Lawrence has done business in the Shenandoah Valley, employing 525 people and contracting with 150 to 175 owner-operator truck drivers. The company is involved in an array of ventures, ...

Virginia organization named one of nation’s best

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was ranked second in the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations for 2014. The organization was founded in 1995 by the Virginia General Assembly to ...

Virginia aims for diversity with new economic plan

According to a recently released report, the Virginia economy will have to diversify and be less reliant on public sector jobs on the federal, state and local levels to maintain a steady economy for years to come. The New Virginia Economic Strategic Plan, a report commissioned by Gov. Terry ...

Coming full circle

MIDDLETOWN -- When Philomena O’Brien was a little girl, she moved with her family from Limerick, Ireland, to Rochester, New York. After spending the 1980s raising her children in Ireland, O’Brien came back to the states, where she eventually opened an Irish Pub with her then-husband ...