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9:51am EDT July 22, 2002
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The Longaberger Co. has received an honorable mention in the Most Generous Company in America award competition presented by Newman’s Own Inc. and George magazine. The award recognizes American companies which give back to their communities by investing in and supporting causes that effectively address local, regional or national problems. Since 1996, Longaberger has donated more than $9 million toward education, health care, women and children, recreational facilities and the community.

Gioffre Construction Inc. of Columbus has been contracted to build the Magic Johnson Theater near Cleveland. This joint venture between Magic Johnson Development Corp. and Loews Cineplex Entertainment will create a 56,000-square-foot theater including 12 auditoriums equipped with Sony digital sound, 3,500 stadium seats and six concession stands with multiple service stations.

Columbus-based HER Realtors has been named the second largest power broker in Ohio based on its sales volume, and 33rd largest in the nation according to its number of transactions, according to the National Relocation & Real Estate’s list of the Top 300 Power Brokers of 1999.

Thomas W. Ruff & Co. has acquired the assets of the Charles Headlee Co. Charlie Headlee, who joins Ruff & Co. as sales vice president, says the acquisition gives him the option to retire in the next couple of years, while offering continued employment for Headlee employees, continued products and services for its customers and continued representation in Central Ohio for the manufacturer partners that have been a key part of the Headlee Co.’s success. “Both companies have demonstrated loyalty to manufacturers, commitment to employees and dedication to serving customers,” adds Ruff & Co. President Michael Gorman.

Clary Communications Inc. has received awards of merit from the Business Marketing Association’s 1999 Columbus Bizcomm Awards for the 1997 annual report it produced for AirNet Inc. and for the City of Dublin’s 1997 Community Plan Summary.

GreenScapes Landscape Co. has been awarded the No Lost-Time Accidents Award in the Associated Landscape Contractors of America’s Annual Employee and Fleet Safety contests.

Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Inc. has received a Finalist Award in the annual New York Festivals competition for its Columbia Gas Customer Choice “Rambler” radio advertisement. The competition honors excellence in communications media.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a 60 percent tax credit for a seven-year term to expand operations for the Renosol Corp. The company, a primary formulator and molder of polyurethane products sold to the automotive industry, plans to construct a 37,500-square-foot manufacturing facility and purchase equipment for manufacturing molded urethane foam pads for automotive seating. The estimated $4.8 million project is expected to create 86 jobs within the first three years of operation.

Flynn, Sabatino & Day has been named the agency of record to advise and implement public relations strategies and tactics for Genesis Systems Group of Davenport, Iowa.

RMD Public Relations and RMD Advertising have added Panera Bread to their rosters of clients.

Springfield, Ohio-based air charter company Sunbird Air Services Inc. has retained Griffin Communications of Columbus as its agency of record to increase its Central Ohio presence through a public relations and advertising campaign.

RWS Building Co. has been awarded a contract by Gilbane Construction Co. to build Bloom Vernon Elementary School in Scioto County. RWS has also completed construction of a new distribution facility for Stephen Machine Co. at the new Rickenbacker Air Cargo Terminal.

Thermal Seal Inc. has moved into new corporate headquarters on Westerville Road. The building is slated for expansion by an additional 8,000 square feet within the next year, according to owners Ron and Jill Heath. Construction manager was Dublin Building Systems and the architect was Meacham and Apel.

As part of an expansion effort, Franklin Specialty Transport has built and moved into a third office space, in West Columbus, for its family of logistics companies.