Business Notes Featured

9:51am EDT July 22, 2002

IBM and OfficeMax have opened licensed computer departments in eight cities, including one in the Mentor store.

The architectural firm of Dorsky Hodgson and Partners has been selected to design Faith House, a Humility of Mary transitional housing complex for homeless single mothers in Lorain.

Cleveland Indians first baseman Jim Thome and Team Rally Inc. have introduced a Web site,, which offers contests and merchandise endorsed by Thome. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Medical Mutual of Ohio has made its first-ever deposit of about $1 million to the Medical Mutual Charitable Foundation.

Technical Information Management Services Inc. has expanded its office space to 301 Alpha Park Drive, Highland Heights.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering has received a $190,313 grant from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Foundation to help create a new Manufacturing Discovery Laboratory for pre-college manufacturing engineering and technology instruction and outreach.

Quest Corp. was awarded a contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to design and manufacture 20 Apollolite V Headlight Controllers.

The Edison BioTechnology Center has commissioned Kliskey Marketing to develop a campaign to attract biotechnology businesses to Ohio.

Decibel Products, a division of Allen Telecom Co., has been awarded a contract to supply the largest cellular operator in China with key components to expand its existing GSM wireless communications systems.

Regional accounting and consulting firm Meaden & Moore has received membership rights for the Cleveland area to the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, a nationwide association of CPA firms that provide specialized M&A transaction advisory services.

The Reserves Network has opened an office in Canton and its fourth Workforce Training Center in Painesville.

Akhia Public Relations has moved to 1896 Georgetown Road, Hudson.

Columbus-based Gioffre Construction Inc. has been awarded an $8 million contract to build the 56,000-square-foot, 12-screen theater project, a joint venture between Magic Johnson Development Corp. and Loews Cineplex Entertainment at Randall Park Mall.

The accounting and business consulting firms of Walthall & Drake LLP and Tischler, Beard, Wallace & Co. Ltd. will join forces and operate under the name Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP.

Epstein Design Partners has been included in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual for the ParkWorks logo design.

Bedford Heights-based Handl-it Inc. has acquired certain assets of Con-Pak Corp. and has purchased a 654,000-square-foot facility at Krick Road in the Walton Hills Industrial Park.

Intermessage Communications has expanded its eastern Lake County presence with the opening of a store at 6378 North Ridge Road, Madison.

Steris Corp. has completed its acquisition of privately held FoodLabs Inc. of Manhattan, Kan.

Penton Media Inc. has announced it will launch CLEC Magazine, which deals with the competitive local exchange carrier business segment, in October.

Public relations firm Dix & Eaton has been selected by American Architectural Corp. and Ogden Energy Group Inc. to provide communications counsel.

Duke Realty Investments has started construction on a 35,200-square-foot warehouse facility for Ameritech at the Soon Business Park.

URS Greiner Woodward Clyde, in a joint venture with Whitley Whitley, has been selected by the East Cleveland City School District to provide programming and architectural and engineering service for the district’s five-year, $100 million rebuilding project.

Management software developer IQS has formed a service alliance partnership with Whittman-Hart, a provider of IT services and ERP selection and implementation.

Holcomb’s Knowplace has opened nine retail locations nationally, including one at 8000 Plaza Blvd., Mentor, and 4750 Everhard Road, Canton.

North Ohio Heart Center Inc. has been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.

Brecksville-based Insurance Systems Inc. has achieved Senior Partner status in the Grange Mutual Insurance Co.

Independence Communications Inc. has been presented with a runner-up placing in the first ever Pinnacle of Customer Excellence Award from Motorola.

Elaine Berg and Leonard Gilbert have opened Creative Settings, an upscale, custom purveyor of spectacular tablecloths, napkins and other table accouterments.

Haselow Marketing Communications has earned six Tower Awards, given by the Cleveland chapter of the Business Marketing Association.

A new full-service Sedlak Management Consultants Inc. office has been opened in Westerville.

The James J. Roop Co. received a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America.

DeCarlo, Paternite and Associates Inc. and TechKnowQuest, of Orlando, Fla., have agreed to merge operations.

The Radiant Panel Association has honored Andy Stack & Sons.

CDA Management Consulting Inc. has created a new division,