|By John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
At a time when many companies are reluctant to expand or are even cutting back on jobs,
The company, which started in 2009 with just a handful of employees in a small office in the
HDL provides diagnostic testing to detect early risk factors for such conditions as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and it provides patient counseling to prevent those conditions. The company's growth has been linked to rising demand for preventative health measures.
In March, construction crews started to tear down the BioTech 3 building in the research park in downtown
By December, the first building was well under way; plans are to start the second in 2013.
"Our sign is up on the building," said
In 2012, HDL also expanded internationally, with a sales organization in
It was one of
Construction on each of the 1 million-square-foot centers in
"It was a wooded area," at the start of 2012, said
By early October, the distribution centers shipped their first products. By the time the holiday shopping season came around, the two centers employed a combined total of more than 1,000 full-time and seasonal workers.
"It's a shot in the arm for the local economy," said
"We have definitely had a lot more prospect activity," she said, just because of the name recognition of
In February, the
That deal, which was completed in late June, was just one of a handful of newspaper acquisitions for