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Plateau completes fiber installation
Plateau Telecommunications of Clovis recently completed the installation of its latest fiber technology, according to a company press release.

Jeff Moore, the company’s chief operating officer, said the company invested more than $5 million to bury fiber optic cable in the main business corridors of Clovis.

He said the installation will provide both voice and high-speed Internet connections at competitive rates. Moore also said existing phone numbers would not have to be changed.

Housing group awarded grant
The Eastern Plains Housing Development Corporation of Clovis has been awarded a $1,268,200 grant to help people with disabilities find affordable housing, according to an EPHDC press release.

The grant is awarded under HUD’s Section 811 Program. The program is for low-income individuals over the age of 18 who have a disability. This enables them to live independently.

According to EPHDC, the funds will be used to construct a 14-unit property. It will have six one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units. All units will be fully handicapped accessible.

Sandra Hidalgo, EPHDC’s executive director, said construction is expected to begin sometime this spring.

Center to honor successful clients
The New Mexico Small Business Development Center will honor successful clients at the “NMSBDC Day at the Legislature” scheduled Thursday in Santa Fe, according to an NMSBDC press release.

The 2006 Clovis SBDC Success Client is The Re-Ink Spot. The business re-inks fabric ribbons and refills ink jet cartridges.

The SBDC provides business advising to individuals desiring to grow or start a business in Curry, DeBaca or Roosevelt Counties.

The press release said the owners of the business sought out the SBDC to prepare a financial proposal for the purpose of expanding to different markets and introducing new products.

Papa Murphy’s to open Monday
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza will begin serving pizza and other items Monday at 3900 N. Prince, Suite B, in front of Wal-Mart Supercenter, according to a company press release.

The company offers handmade pizzas, which are baked at home in the customer’s oven. They also offer salads, lasagna and various desserts.

The store’s grand opening will take place Feb. 9-11. Customers who attend the grand opening can enter a Pizza Bonanza Giveaway and win free pizza for a year and other prizes.

Aucutt’s to close two locations
Aucutt’s plans to close two of its four Wholesale Auto Parts locations, store officials said last week.

Secretary Jan Aucutt said the family plans to close the location in Portales and the Mitchell Street location in Clovis, but will offer a new extended inventory at their Seventh and First Street locations in Clovis. The two remaining locations will be called Car Quest Auto Parts.

Store officials said no employees would be affected by the change.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Garner. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: tonya_garner@link.freedom.com