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Bill Freehling is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and Fredericksburg.com. This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Bill Freehling.
Business Notes, 11/16/12
Here are some odds and ends from the world of Fredericksburg-area business over the past week:
- Black Knight Technology, a system engineering and software development company, is moving its headquarters from Kenmore Avenue to a building at 1408 Princess Anne St. in Fredericksburg that sold last month. Pachinko LLC, which is registered to a Black Knight executive, purchased the 2,000-square-foot Princess Anne Street building last month from an affiliate of the late William J. Kinnamon Jr., who used the building as his law office. The sales price was $330,000.
- Continental Automotive Systems Inc. received the 2012 Business of the Year Award last week from the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce.
- Silver Cos. CEO Larry Silver will lend the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center 10 paintings from his private collection to display throughout December to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Silver had the paintings done starting in 2006 as part of the Celebrate Virginia Art Project. The collection focuses on the history of Fredericksburg from the colonial era through the Civil War. Most of the artwork has never been seen publicly before. The paintings are on permanent display at the Silver Cos.’ office in Florida and will return there after the exhibit.
- Dominion Raceway has hired firms to plan its facility near the Thornburg exit off Interstate 95. Bowman Consulting will oversee engineering work. Dominion Engineering Associates will perform soil testing, borings and evaluation. Dunning & Associates of Centreville created the master plan and will be the designer and architect. The principals of Dominion Raceway are applying for a rezoning and special-use permit from Spotsylvania County for the planned auto-racing-focused facility.
- Purvis Ford raised $2,240 for Families of the Wounded Fund during a Nov. 9 event held at the dealership on U.S. 1 near the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania County line. Purvis gave $20 to the fund for every test drive that day, and Ford Motor matched it. The organization provides financial support to the family and caregivers of wounded military members.
- QRC Technologies has opened a 3,750-square-foot office at 100 Riverside Parkway in Stafford County. QRC, a systems integrator specializing in mobile cellular measurement products, will use the space for manufacturing. The company plans to add assembly, testing and quality-control jobs. QRC’s headquarters are in Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping center.
- Ciemte, a Miami-based company that provides IT services to federal government clients, opened earlier this year in an 800-square-foot office space at 150 Olde Greenwich Drive in Spotsylvania County. Four people work at the local office.
- Evan Hirsche, president of Wild Eyed Creative Services LLC, a consultancy focused on implementing creative public engagement strategies in support of public lands, has joined Fredericksburg-based Marstel-Day’s Council of Advisors.
- The application deadline for the next round of Spotsylvania County’s Business Incentive Grant (BIG) program is Dec. 1.
- Washington-based Snipp Interactive Inc. and Spotsylvania County-based Deedod Inc. have formed a partnership to sell and promote each other’s services and solutions to existing and potential customers. Both companies are involved with technology involving mobile Internet.
- Laurie Newman, who formerly worked for U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, recently joined Rappahannock Goodwill Industries as the organization’s recruiting manager. Newman was previously president of Spotsylvania County-based Taskforce Staffing Inc.