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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Business Notes, 5/2/13

Here are some odds and ends from the world of Fredericksburg-area business over the past week:

  • Ireland-based Greencore Group plc has now added 145 new jobs at its Stafford County food-processing plant off U.S. 17. The company plans to hire the additional 205 new positions that were announced in March within three years, a company spokesman said. Workers at the McLane Drive plant off U.S. 17 near the Interstate 95 interchange make food-to-go such as salads and sandwiches sold in convenience stores.
  • The planned McDonald’s restaurant at the Ladysmith exit off Interstate 95 is close to getting final approvals from Caroline County and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its next nine-month Leadership Fredericksburg program starting this fall. The sixth Leadership Fredericksburg class will complete the program this month.
  • Stafford’s Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for its “Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Best Place to Work” awards, which will be presented at the county’s June 6 business appreciation luncheon at the Riverside Conference Center.
  • Aspetto Inc. and American Armor Attire are moving June 1 to 810 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg. The companies had been leasing space off State Route 2 in Spotsylvania County. They will offer tailoring services and custom fittings for their shirts and suits.
  • Fredericksburg’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism will hold a May 14 meeting to keep businesses and property owners along the Princess Anne Street corridor apprised of relevant city policies and occurrences. Click here for details.
  • Fredericksburg-based PermaTreat Pest and Termite Control was recently recognized by Pest Control Technology Magazine for its many contributions to the local community.
  • StellarOne Bank has selected Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as its sole provider of real estate services for existing and new facilities as well as a primary provider of real estate services in the special assets arena.
  • Marstel-Day CEO Rebecca Rubin this week served on a panel at the White House entitled “Climate Change: Discussion with Small Business Leaders.” Earlier in April, Rubin was recognized as a White House “Champion of Change” for climate resilience.
  • Toll Brothers is holding an open house Saturday and Sunday at the company’s new model home at 12019 Fawn Lake Parkway in Spotsylvania’s Fawn Lake subdivision.
  • Patrick A’Hearn has been promoted to dinner theater artistic director at the Riverside Center in Stafford.
  • A “holistic wellness center” called “The Scenter of Town” has opened at 907 Charles St. in downtown Fredericksburg. The business offers an array of products and services involving aromatherapy and alternative wellness therapy.
  • Nick Cadwallender, publisher of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co., will serve as president of the Virginia Press Association’s Board of Directors for a one-year term starting in July.