Business Notes

Nationwide Appraisal Services Corp. will locate its national headquarters at Southpointe.

Nationwide is a privately held company that employs approximately 150 people. It provides comprehensive appraisal and appraisal-related services to a wide range of financial services companies in the United States. The company projects employment to grow to 500 within three to five years as it expands its customer base and employment offerings. It has approximately 3,500 clients, which include mortgage banks, commercial banks, thrifts and credit unions. It serves a variety of other clients in the private and public sectors, including mortgage insurance companies, second mortgage lenders and consumer finance companies.

The RIDC Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund has awarded a series of contracts totaling $2 million to complete the second phase of renovation of the former pipe mill at RIDC’s Industrial Center of McKeesport. Construction manager of the project is Tedco Construction Co. Contracts have been given to Mohawk Construction, Easley & Rivers, Zervos Construction, Jaskowski Contracting, Cost Co., Wilhelm & Kruse Inc., Project Development Co., and Patrinos Painting.

The RIDC expects the project to be completed by August.

King’s Jewelry has opened its newest store in the Clearview Mall in Butler, the chain’s 43rd retail location. The company, the 23rd largest jeweler in the United States, maintains stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

Prudential Preferred Realty has acquired ERA Westbrook, a Bethel Park agency that does business in Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Whitehall and Peters township.

The Family Enterprise Center at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business has named the recipients of its Western Pennsylvania Family Business of the Year awards.

Winners in the fewer than 50 employees category are Jewart’s Gymnastics, Wexford; Mt. Lebanon Office Equipment Co., Pittsburgh; and Soergel Orchards, Wexford. In the 50 to 250 employees category, the winners are Citizen’s National Bank, Butler; Consumers Produce Co., Pittsburgh; and Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, New Castle. Companies with more than 250 employees that received the award are 84 Lumber Co., Eighty-Four; John B. Conomos Inc., Bridgeville; L. Robert Kimball & Associates Inc., Ebensberg; and Massaro Co., Pittsburgh.

Collection Service Center of New Kensington has acquired Mt. Lebanon-based Drakes Collection Service. Drakes will become a subsidiary of Collection Service Center. The addition of the Drakes office brings the number of offices to 10 for Collection Service Center.

Primanti Brothers has purchased the former Sylvestor’s Rosslyn Inn on Route 60 in Robinson Township. Primanti Brothers plans to transform the restaurant into its first suburban location, slated to open in June. The company says it plans to open as many as three additional locations in suburban sites in the future.