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9:40am EDT July 22, 2002

J.F. Hopkins and Associates, a Columbus-based commercial printing firm, has broken ground for a new corporate headquarters and commercial printing facility at CityGate Business Park in East Columbus. Renier Construction and Architectural Alliance were selected as the design-build team for the site. J.F. Hopkins and Associates also has received four awards (out of nearly 5,700 entries worldwide) in the 1999 Premier Print Awards, hosted by the Printing Industries of America, and has been recognized with 12 print excellence awards (out of 523 entries) from the Printing Industries Association of Northern Kentucky and Ohio.

Urban Environments Inc., a professional landscape contractor, has won three Landscape Enhancement Awards from Landscape Ohio!, a partnership program of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Ohio Landscapers Association. Urban Environments earned an honor award in commercial maintenance for its work at the Metro Center business park in Dublin and two merit awards, one for a residential project at a home in Bexley and another in the “unique” category for the Perennial Garden at 485 Metro Center South.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a tax credit of 65 percent for a five-year term to expand operations for Allied Interstate Inc., a Columbus company that provides debt collection services for major clients including Kmart and Bank One. The company intends to establish a state-of-the-art call center to serve its national and international client base, creating 300 jobs and retaining 100 within the first three years of operation.

The State Development Financing Advisory Council has approved a $780,500 loan at an interest rate of 5 percent for a seven-year term for the Peerless Saw Co. of Groveport. The funds will be used for a $2.6 million project to purchase equipment in order to remain competitive, create seven jobs and retain 51 within the first three years of operation.

CamSys Communications Inc., a Worthington-based provider in videoconferencing systems integration, has partnered with San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems Inc. By doing so, the two companies will be able to provide the Cisco IP/VC Product Family line, which helps organizations make the transition into the Internet-driven world with instant connection.

RMD Advertising has received three awards, out of more than 2,500 entries, from The Communicator Awards 2000 Print Media Competition. The firm won a Crystal Award of Excellence for sales literature for Ross Laboratories; an Award of Distinction for the Time Warner Road Runner family ad series; and an Award of Distinction for the Berger Health Systems annual report.

Tuxedo Classics has purchased Romanoff’s Formal Wear in downtown Columbus. “What we’ve built at Romanoff’s Formal Wear over the last 20 years is extremely important to us. Our customers are our first priority and we would never turn Romanoff’s over to someone we didn’t trust. That’s why we contacted Tuxedo Classics when deciding to sell,” says owner Ivan Romanoff. Romanoff’s-Tuxedo Classics brings the number of the company’s retail locations to five.

Micro Gallery has merged its PC Hardware/Software and its Networking and Professional Services Group divisions with ADC Information Technologies Inc. The divisions have relocated to ADC’s office at 950 Michigan Ave. This merger will double ADC’s technical staff of Microsoft and Norvell network engineers and allow it to add authorized warranty repair services and maintenance agreements for HP, IBM and Compaq equipment to its existing service offerings for Gateway computers.

“By directing our customers to ADC for such services, this merger will allow Micro Gallery to better focus on offering Internet-related services and solutions — including Web page design, Web hosting services, e-commerce and e-business solutions,” says Hassan Abdullahi, president of Micro Gallery.

Fourthchannel inc. has closed a $20 million second round of financing from private equity investors in support of its e-business solutions for mid-market manufacturing and distribution organizations. Chicago-based Brinson Partners, a major global investment management organization, led the financing round. Additional financing partners include ABS Ventures, ABN AMRO Private Equity and CID Equity Partners, as well as current investors River Cities Capital Fund and PRIMEDIA Ventures.

Sevell + Sevell Inc., a print and Web site design firm, has been hired by California-based Strategic Health Resources to design and produce its company Web site. Strategic Health Resources develops software for the health care industry.

For the second year, the Academy Awards asked The Longaberger Co. to provide the baskets for presenters at the ceremony, which was held in March. Presenters such as Billy Crystal, Mel Gibson, Uma Thurman and Tobey Maguire and VIPs associated with the production of the Academy Awards received the baskets, made by 100 Longaberger basket makers selected by their peers.