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9:57am EDT July 22, 2002
Rich Products Manufacturing Corp. of Hilliard has been approved for a $4 million loan from the State of Ohio at an interest rate of zero percent for the first year and 5 percent for years two through nine. The loan will be used to purchase more efficient machinery and equipment as part of a $14.5 million consolidation project. Rich Products, which includes a bakery facility and frozen food manufacturing plants, plans to consolidate three plant operations into one location, creating 146 jobs and retaining 56 more in the process.

The Ohio Department of Development has also approved:

  • Signstrut Realty LLC in Delaware County for a $1 million loan at an interest rate of 4 percent for 15 years to purchase machinery and equipment and acquire a 224,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to allow for future expansion. These projects are expected to cost $4.3 million and create 250 jobs.

  • Ohio Citrus Juices Inc. in Grove City for a $110,000 loan at an interest rate of 5.25 percent for 15 years to acquire a 10,500-square-foot building. This purchase is expected to cost $275,000 and create four jobs.

  • Greif Bros. Corp. in Delaware County for a 60 percent tax credit for 10 years to build a new 40,000-square-foot processing center and a 60,000-square-foot research facility. These projects are expected to cost $4.5 million and create 100 jobs while retaining 30.

  • IBM Corp. in Columbus for a 70 percent tax credit for 10 years to expand operations. This expansion project is expected to cost $51 million and create 230 jobs while retaining 440.

The Frame Station has been honored with an Earth Smart Award from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. These awards are given to businesses that make an extra effort to set aside unwanted but reusable items for donation purposes. The Frame Station donates reusable items to the re:ART & More program, which provides materials to schools and professional artists in the community. In 1998, all participating Frame Station stores donated a collective 3,560 pounds of material valued at $3,100 to re:ART. “It makes sense to do this and we feel good about helping the community, the schools and professional artists,” says Ellen Thayer, manager of The Frame Station store in Flags Center. Thayer’s store alone donated 1,810 pounds of material worth $1,320 to the program last year.

Zero Base Advertising has won 18 of the 43 ADDY awards at the 36th annual Columbus American Advertising Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation. Other winners and the number of ADDYs they received include: HMS Partners, six; Salvato, Coe + Gabor Associates Inc., four; Circa Productions Inc., three; Ron Foth Advertising, two; and the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, two. Agencies winning one ADDY each included Conrad, Phillips & Vutech; Bethge Ltd.; Horizons Cos.; Integrate Inc.; Deep Cover; MC2; Resource Marketing; and NGDA.

CaJohns Fiery Foods of Columbus has won three first place honors from Fiery Foods Magazine, a trade publication of the chile, spice, barbecue and condiment industries. CaJohns received the awards for the flavor and palatability of three of its picante sauces.

The Columbus law firm of Baker & Hostetler has been named in a recently published Harcourt Brace book, America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree. Author Kimm Walton interviewed more than 170 career counselors at law schools and talked to hundreds of graduates. Baker & Hostetler is the only Columbus law firm included in the book.

Optimum Technology, an IT consulting firm based in Worthington, has spun off its data entry processing services division as a separate affiliate entity called DEPS Inc. Terry Leach, former assistant secretary of state under now-Gov. Bob Taft, has been appointed chief operating officer and executive vice president of the new firm.

Promotions One, a locally based entertainment promotion agency, has been appointed to direct and promote Columbus’ Fourth of July celebrations, beginning with the July 2 Red, White & Boom! event. Promotions One served Red, White & Boom! as its marketing firm during the 18 months prior to this appointment. Promotions One President Michael L. Collins will serve as executive director of Red, White & Boom! Collins previously served as director of The Columbus Marathon and The Columbus Race for the Cure.

Columbus-based REMEDI Consulting Co. has been awarded a contract with The Montana Power Co., based in Butte, Mont. The strategic and technical consulting services REMEDI will provide include monitoring and system support to ensure successful electronic data interchange transmissions, troubleshooting transmission errors, mapping and implementation of EDI documents with the power company’s trading partners.

RWS Building Co. has been awarded a contract for a 23,000-square-foot addition to Grace Brethren Church. The addition, to be called the Dick DeArmy Discipleship Center, will include classrooms, offices and a band room. It is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Design Group Inc. is the church’s architect.

The public relations division of SBC Advertising has been chosen as the agency of record for the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe.

Moorhead Design has added Columbus College of Art & Design and Lincoln Street Studio to its client list.

Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Public Relations has added to its client list Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio and the protective products business operation of Reichhold, a Research Triangle Park, N.C., supplier of polymers.

Marketing Works Inc. has added to its client list Advanced Programming Resources Inc., Banc One Credit Services, Bell-Haun Systems Inc., Giuliani Homes and Life Care Plus.

Old Trail Printing Co. of Columbus has been awarded a Five Star Award for excellence from Communicolor, the highest form of recognition Communicolor gives to its suppliers. The award is based on product quality, service and delivery.