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9:58am EDT July 22, 2002

Tigerpoly Manufacturing Inc. in Grove City has received a $25,000 business development grant from the Ohio Department of Development to purchase new equipment. Tigerpoly, which manufactures air induction systems and hoses primarily for the auto industry, plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot addition to its existing production and warehousing facility. This estimated $5 million project is expected to create 25 jobs and retain 135.

Columbus-based Design Group Inc. has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for its design of the Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield headquarters in Cincinnati. Building features include a central atrium that eliminates the need for artificial lighting, long north/south exposures with maximum glass to permit natural light and heat gain during winter months and window sunscreens on the south side of the building to minimize heat during summer months and reduce HVAC system costs.

Two Dublin-based companies, King Thompson Realtors and Exceptional Properties, have merged. “I have always respected the ethical way in which King Thompson associates conduct business, and it was an important factor that I took into consideration when deciding to merge my company,” says Nancy Byrd, CEO of Exceptional Properties. Patrick Grabill, King Thompson CEO and president, expresses mutual satisfaction with the merger: “I have known Nancy since the early 1980s and I am continually impressed by her proven track record as a Realtor. She is well-respected within the field and Exceptional Properties will prove to be an asset to King Thompson.”

The Interactive division of Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Inc. has won three awards from the Web Marketing Association, including the 1998 Outstanding Web Site WebAward for LSY’s own site, www.lsy.com. Two LSY clients, McGraw-Hill Consumer Products Division and Marlite, earned the 1998 Standard of Excellence WebAwards. Those sites can be seen at www.mhkids.com and www.marlite.com. Sites were judged on seven criteria: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation and ease of use.

Columbus-based Cambridge Publishing Group has received a 1999 Beacon Award for Best Financial Service Solution from Lotus Development Corp. Cambridge’s Folioport transaction management application was chosen from more than 850 nominations from 40 countries for the award, which is judged by industry journalists and analysts.

Reitter Stucco Inc. has been awarded a contract with Lincoln Construction for a project at the Enchanted Acres Community Center in Columbus and with Anchor Hocking to renovate the exterior facade of the Anchor Hocking sales facility Lancaster division.

Corna/Kokosing Construction Co. has been awarded the civil portion of the contract for an 8,840-square-foot expansion to the American Bottling Co. on Stelzer Road, set for completion in April. Corna/Kokosing has also won the contract for the new 25,000-square-foot Office Depot being built on Morse Road, with completion expected in July.

Mills/James Productions has opened a videoconferencing center in its Fishinger Boulevard teleproduction complex. “We have been watching videoconferencing technology evolve for some time,” says Ken Mills, president. “Early on, the technical quality and reliability were marginal, but today’s new systems allow us to offer high-quality video and audio and reliable connections. Even videos and graphics can be included in a videoconference.” According to industry estimates, revenues in the videoconferencing market are increasing at more than 40 percent annually and show no signs of slowing.

Zero Base has been named the agency of record for OhioHealth. “We partnered with Zero Base because of their strong strategic process and their outstanding creative work,” says Scott Billman, vice president of marketing for OhioHealth. “Our desire is to build a unified and dominant brand for our large and diverse health care system, and the role of Zero Base is critically important.”

CB Richard Ellis MCA has launched a construction division to focus on tenant finish work, office design and build-out services. “Launching the new construction division was a natural progression for our business and will be an added benefit to our clients,” says Douglas K. Jackson, senior managing director. “This new business area rounds out our capabilities as a full-service commercial real estate firm because we can now lease, sell, manage, provide maintenance services and design and build out tenant space.”

Out of the Box Designs has produced an interactive CD-ROM sales tool for Cutler-Hammer, a supplier of electrical control products and power distribution equipment. Cutler-Hammer is using the CD-ROM to spotlight its manufacturing process automation software and gain entry into the market.

Profitworks Ltd., has added the Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories and Emilcott-dga to its list of clients.

Inside PR has called Paul Werth Associates a “regional powerhouse,” and named the firm to its lists of top public affairs firms, best managed practices and best training programs. The trade journal specifically lauded Paul Werth Associates’ application of private sector discipline to the public sector, its health care credentials and emphasis on research, strategy and results.

Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer & Associates Inc. has purchased a majority interest in Creative Healthcare Solutions Inc., a Saratoga Springs, N.Y, firm that outsources product management resources for pharmaceutical companies. “In keeping with our philosophy of ‘hiring’ client-side expertise, our relationship with CHS will enhance our capabilities in product management, market research, retail trade, data management and international marketing,” says GSW President and COO R. Blane Walter. “And it will give GSW an East Coast presence.”

Peer Review Systems has announced a strategic partnership with Houston-based Healthcare Research Associates to provide audits of performance data reported by health plans throughout the United States.

Ironwood Cafe, a subsidiary of Max & Erma’s Restaurants, has opened its second location, this one in Mentor. Ironwood Cafe, which debuted in Dublin last year, features an upscale, casual dining environment and American cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Greencrest Marketing Inc. has signed Title Solution Inc., a local software development company, to its client list.

RDP Foodservice has opened a new division, Xtra Dough, to assist organizations with fund raising. Xtra Dough provides made-to-order Italian dishes and appropriate training and marketing support to the organizations. Future plans include expansion into frozen, hand-made Italian dinners such as lasagna and other pasta dishes.