Biznotes Featured

9:50am EDT January 30, 2002
ACCOUNTING & CONSULTING

Meaden & Moore joined 52 CPA firms across the nation in the merger of TAG International and AGN International-North America Inc. The merger creates an organization with 52 member firms and annual billings of nearly $400 million.

ADVERTISING

Mark Freeman Associates has been named agency of record for Safeguard Technology, a manufacturer of anti-slip floor, stair and walkway surfaces for commercial and industrial use.

BANKING

First Federal of Lakewood has introduced Lakewood Investment Services, a business unit that offers investment products, financial planning and educational seminars. Bank customers can purchase individual securities through Financial Network Investment Corp. (FNIC) at all eight FFL branch locations.

Fifth Third Bank received top ratings from PLANSPONSOR Magazine's Defined Contribution Survey. The magazine says Fifth Third provides "exceptional customer service and the best retirement plan and pension products in the industry."

EDUCATION

Lake Erie College's business administration program has been award accreditation by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education for its bachelor of science degrees in accounting, business administration and international business as well as its master's of business administration degree.

MANUFACTURING

Silicone rubber compounder Silmix has been acquired by Michigan-based Wacker Silicones Corp.

Star Precision Products has been certified to the ISO 9001:2000 Without Design, International Quality System Standard.

Fire-Dex Inc. has upgraded its certificate to ISO 9001:2000 standards. The company is the first protective clothing manufacturer in the industry to receive this certification.

HI TecMetal Group's Brazing & Metal Treating subsidiary in Kentucky was honored by Ford Motor Co. with a Ford Q1 Quality Certification. The Ford Q1 status indicates that BMT-Kentucky is recognized as a Tier 1 and preferred supplier to Ford Motor Co.

Caster Connection has opened an office and warehouse complex in Novi, Mich. Caster distributes domestic and imported casters for the automotive, health care and restaurant industries.

Metal Supermarkets has opened a one-stop shop for small quantities of cut metal on West 140th Street in Brookpark.

NONPROFITS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland reports a banner year in 2001, in which it served 1,271 children. That's an increase of more than 51 percent over 2000, when the mentoring organization served 837 local youths.

RESTAURANTS

A. LoPresti & Sons Inc. has joined PRO*ACT, a supplier of produce and perishables, as the group's 34th member. PRO*ACT provides produce category solutions and delivery service to foodservice organizations nationwide.

SALES & MARKETING

Sales Building Systems, specialists in building sales for restaurant and retail chains, has selected InfoGrow Corp. to provide online maps showing national retailers the untapped workplace market for each of their locations.