Business Notes

Columbus-based Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Inc. has won the nation’s highest award in public relations, the Silver Anvil. The Public Relations Society of America presented the award to LSY for an investor-relations program designed for The Scotts Co. in Marysville. Following financial setbacks at Scotts in 1996, LSY’s program helped explain the problems and Scotts’ recovery plan. Scotts’ stock jumped from a low of 16 to a high in the mid-30s. “It’s nice to reap the recognition from our peers in the public relations field,” says Neil Mortine, executive vice president at LSY. The Columbus chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators has also honored LSY with two Bronze Quill Awards for its work on behalf of the Ohio Soybean Council and the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL hockey team.

Columbus-based MessagePlex National Answering Service has received the 1998-1999 Award of Excellence from the Association of TeleServices International.

Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer & Associates Inc. has received three IN-AWE awards from the San Francisco-based Medical Marketing Association.

Flexible Pavements Inc. has won a 1998 Ohio New Product Award, sponsored by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers-Professional Engineers in Industry.

Blacklick-based invata international inc. and Timberline Software Corp. of Beaverton, Ore., have formed a marketing and product-development alliance.

CID Equity Partners has invested $7 million in Columbus-based Continental Auto Receivables Inc.

The Longaberger Co.’s video services department has received two 1998 Bronze Telly awards.

Bengston, DeBell & Elki Ltd. of Chantilly, Va., has merged with Columbus-based Burgess & Niple Ltd.

Mills/James Productions and COSI Columbus have been awarded a national Bronze Anvil by the Public Relations Society of America for developing the science center’s World Wide Web site,

FIRSTLINK has received the first Community Partnership Award given by Columbus State Community College.

Discovery Resource Group Inc. has opened a subsidiary, the Business Doctors.

Baird Communications Inc. has received an Award of Merit in the 1998 Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators Columbus Chapter.

Pro Forma Communications has received two Marketing and Merchandising Excellence awards.

Corna/Kokosing Construction Co. has been awarded the contract for the Land Rover automotive sales and service center in Dublin and the Kroger grocery store and adjoining retail space at Polaris Towne Center.

Abrasive Technology Inc. of Westerville has acquired Habit Diamond Ltd., based in London, and Habit Diamond Trading Ltd., based in Singapore.

Allied Employer Resources Inc. has launched a new joint venture called Allied Professional Employer Group, to market its services through members of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio Inc.

Signstrut Group has been approved for a 60 percent, seven-year tax credit from the state to expand and relocate its operations in Delaware County.

Essilor of America Inc. and Cole National Corp. have both been approved for 60 percent, 10-year tax credits from the state to begin operations in Rickenbacker Air Industrial Park.

Younger Manufacturing, also planning to start operations at Rickenbacker, has been approved for a 60 percent, five-year tax credit.

Interactive Teleservices Corp. has been approved for a 50 percent, five-year tax credit from the state to relocate its headquarters from Nebraska to Central Ohio.

OPTICON Medical Inc. has been approved for an identical tax credit to relocate its Minnesota and Iowa operations to Dublin.

The Schenk Co. has represented Shahriar Kazemi, owner of Cazzies and Arlington Cafe, in locating space across from the convention center for a new entertainment complex.

Westerville-based Lawhon & Associates Inc. has opened a new office in Cincinnati. In addition, the company has earned the Safety Innovation Award from the Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio.

Edward Howard & Co. of Cleveland has expanded its Columbus office with the acquisition of Seifkas Communications Inc.

Columbus City Center has announced the opening of two new stores, Hold Everything and Aldo Shoes. Communications has signed The Walker Center for Laser Aesthetic Skincare as a new client.

WinnScapes Inc. has been awarded the Colts Neck development contract through Kohr-Royer-Griffith Inc. Realtors.