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Computer company eyes Bardane site

March 09, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A company that builds computer networks plans to move part of its operations into a former community center along W.Va. 9 in the Bardane area of Jefferson County, officials said Tuesday night.

Concert Technologies Inc., which is moving some of its operations here as part of an expansion of its offices in Northern Virginia, is expected to employ about 30 workers at the local site, said Jane Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority.

Concert Technologies employees at the Bardane office will work with other workers in the field who are building computer networks for clients, Peters said.

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The local Concert Technology workers will help ensure that the computer networks are built according to customer specifications, Peters said.

The Concert Technologies staff is moving into the former Jefferson County Community Center, which is near T.A. Lowery Elementary School, Peters said.

The community center, which was owned by three organizations, was recently sold, Peters said.

Peters was at a Jefferson County Planning Commission meeting during which planning commissioners approved a limited site plan to allow Concert Technologies to make some improvements to the property, Peters said.

The company hopes to have its staff in the building by the end of May, she said.

Additional workers are expected to work at the local site, although she did not know how many. The company probably will enlarge the building or make other changes to the property, Peters said.

"This is the kind of business we are trying to attract to the county," said Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss, who also sits on the planning commission.

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