Business

Governor signs clean energy legislation

Virginia is taking steps to become a bigger player in the solar energy game. On Wednesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law six individual pieces of legislation branded under the title of Clean Energy Jobs that are designed to expand industry in the commonwealth. Secretary of Commerce ...

Bowman Andros announces expansion

Andros Foods North America announced on Tuesday that it will be providing 160 new jobs at the Bowman Apple Products facility in Mount Jackson. The jobs will be part of a $73 million investment the France-based Andros Foods is making over a three-year period during which it will look to ...

Consigning artisans

NEW MARKET — It all started two years ago with a basket full of mulberries on a warm summer afternoon, Debbie Oden said. Oden, who lives in Mount Jackson, has some Mulberry trees in her backyard. One day, her son decided to pick a basket worth and asked her if she could make some ...

Town passes rezoning request

MOUNT JACKSON — Town Council approved the rezoning of 135 acres of land near Turkey Knob Road from agricultural to limited industrial on a unanimous 6-0 vote on Tuesday night. Approval of the rezoning is the first of a larger 712-acre “mega site” plan that was proposed by Robert ...

Middletown accepts land gifts from Bernstein Foundation

On Monday, Middletown accepted a gift of several parcels of land from the Bernstein Family Foundation Inc. At Monday’s meeting, town council voted unanimously to accept the gift, with the total plots of land having an assessed worth of $57,200. Town zoning administrator Fred Wharton ...

Mobile mechanic makes house calls

FRONT ROYAL — Back in the summer of 2009, Wes Eisentrout, like many Americans, was facing bleak economic prospects. Eisentrout, a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, was working as a mechanic for the Virginia Inland Port when he was laid off in August 2009. A mechanic since he was 18, ...

B&G Goods to open April 18

FRONT ROYAL — B&G Goods will have its grand opening April 18, five months to the day it was announced by the Warren County Economic Development authority it would be the new tenant at the site of the former Stokes Mart. In November, the authority announced it would purchase the site ...

Business Ledger

Trex voted greenest Trex Company in Winchester has announced its decking was voted greenest in the industry of alternative decking and railing by Green Builder Media 2015 Reader's Choice Awards for the fourth year in a row. Earlier this year, the company captured three 2015 ADEX ...

Local businesses, residents honored at 75th chamber gala

Area residents and businesses gathered at the Front Royal Holiday Inn Ballroom for the 75th annual Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner and Awards on Friday night. The gala awarded local businesses, community leaders and non-profit organizations for their services to the ...

County eyes industrial developments

FRONT ROYAL — In a report given to the Warren County Board of Supervisors this week, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority outlined some potential industrial development along the Route 522/340 corridor north of Front Royal. Route 552/340 is home to many businesses, ...

Legacy lives on

Earl Christian Hargrove Jr., owner of Shenandoah Caverns in New Market since 1966, is remembered locally as a man who wanted to make people smile. Shenandoah Caverns General Manager Joe Proctor said his family and the Hargroves have been close since Hargrove purchased the caverns. “When ...

VDOT to host open houses for small businesses

The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District will be hosting a series of small business fairs in the valley during April and May. The open houses will be a way for certified small or micro businesses to learn how to market goods and services with all state agencies and to ...

Lingerie shop fits need for breast cancer survivors

WINCHESTER — Bonnie Bell knows what it’s like dressing for life after breast cancer. Diagnosed in the early 1990s and again in the late ’90s, she said one of the hardest parts of moving on after a mastectomy was finding a bra that fit. “Took me 14 years to find that one right ...

Business Ledger

Deborah Coughlin, owner of Icing Images in Winchester, was awarded the Sweet Lie Hall of Fame award at the National Capital Area Cake Show in Fairfax on March 23. Norman Davis, co-founder of the award, said, “Normally the Hall of Fame Award is granted to a cake artist, but Debbie works ...

After nearly 53 years, Blue Ridge Truss closes

BASYE — After nearly 53 years in business, a local manufacturer of trusses shuttered its doors Tuesday. Founded in 1962 by Willard Fansler, the Blue Ridge Truss and Supply Company built wooden roof and floor trusses and wall panels for commercial and residential structures, serving the ...

Local tech company expands after buyout

A local telecommunications company grew recently when it bought the assets and existing contracts of a local competitor. Mount Jackson-based Cornerstone Technology Services announced it was buying existing contracts for the telecommunications and security service divisions from the recently ...

Progress 2015: Broker says 2015 looking ‘bullish’

The stock market is readying for its sixth bull market year, a local stockbroker predicts. Brett Hrbek, a broker with Edward Jones in Front Royal, said he expects the markets to wrap up 2015 in the black, especially in the energy, health care and technology sectors. Investors should also ...

Va. Port Authority reports profit loss

The Virginia Port Authority reported this week it incurred a $560,000 loss in February -- due to winter weather -- and that resulted in work slow downs and work stoppages. The authority budgeted a $288,000 operating loss for the month, but ended up closing its shore ports for four days in ...

Business Ledger

Schenck Foods has announced the following employees have received Employee of the Year awards: Tony Copeland, sales representative; Jason Bowers, purchasing agent; Bobby Baker, delivery driver, Aaron Cline, night warehouse, freezer; and Derek Henson, day warehouse, freezer.