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9:52am EDT July 22, 2002
Turner Construction Co. has been selected to renovate the law offices of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Turner will develop state-of-the-art conference centers, renovate 11 floors and install a new technology center for the firm. Work is expected to be completed in two years.

Turner also has been chosen to complete the construction of the labor/delivery/operating room at Magee-Women’s Hospital. Interior work will be completed on a 43,000-square-foot area in February 2000.

General Products, Inc. of Murrysville has purchased West Virginia-based Adena, Inc., a water treatment chemicals company. “With Adena’s expertise in water treatment and our background in chemical products, it takes us to a new level,” says General Products owner and president Gene Chafre.

CAPCO Contracting is the first business to receive a loan through the Community Express Pilot Loan Program, a collaborative effort of the SBA and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. The $400,000 loan was arranged through Mellon Bank.

JLS Technologies has opened an enterprise resource planning software training center. Classes run weekly for two hours for 10 hours per workshop. The West View facility provides free JD Edwards ERP software training to qualified Western Pennsylvania IBM AS/400 developers. Contact Bruce Hurst at (412) 939-0280 or

Guidos Real Estate has merged with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Guidos adds 12 sales associates to Howard Hanna’s 1,300 sales and staff personnel. Marie Guidos, owner of Guidos Real Estate, assumes a position as associate broker and senior consultant at Howard Hanna.

Rocco’s Auction & Appraisal Services of Erie has been chosen to handle the liquidation of properties for Howard Hanna. Howard Hanna also has formed an affiliation with Premier Properties By Barbara Alexander LLC in West Virginia. Eighteen companies have joined Howard Hanna since 1995.

WTW Architects of Pittsburgh has been chosen to design a renovation and addition for the University of Colorado’s University Memorial Center in Boulder. At a cost of $23 million, the project is planned to start in spring 2000 and finish in summer 2002.

Thermal Transfer Corp. has selected the RIDC’s City Center of Duquesne for relocation. RIDC will complete a $5 million renovation of Thermal Transfer’s new 116,000-square-foot facility by year’s end. The company designs and manufactures heat recovery products used in metals production, heat treating, glassmaking, chemical processing, cement manufacturing, food processing, paper, textiles, waste management, and pollution control.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC has merged its legal practice with Philadelphia-based Connolly Epstein Chicco Foxman Oxholm & Ewing. The expanded practice will operate under the Eckert Seamans name. Strategically, Eckert Seamans reinforces its statewide presence, while Connolly Epstein gains an expanded range of services that can be provided, especially in the area of intellectual property.

Network solutions firm CyBerJaz has merged vertically with training and software consulting company PC Advisors. The companies will operate under the CyBerJaz banner. Says John Hudson, director of business development for the combined firms: “The new CyBerJaz will be perfectly positioned to manage a client’s total needs.”

Tuscarora Inc. has acquired the principal business and operating assets of Lane Container Company, a Dallas-based company. The merger gives Tuscarora further access to regional markets. Lane founder Rick Lane now holds the post of general manager at the Dallas operation.

Exercise Equipment, Inc. has merged with Ranieri’s Fitness Products, making Exercise Equipment the largest locally owned fitness equipment dealer in the tri-state area.

E-Transport has added an office in New Jersey and a temporary office in England. The company provides automated tariff and pricing information for the international shipping industry.

The Mon Valley Initiative has closed its first loan to a bakery in Elizabeth, Pa. The MVI’s Initiative Fund finances small and start-up businesses in economically troubled areas in the Mon Valley. It targets small manufacturers needing equipment, leasehold improvements, property acquisition and expansion, and working capital.

XiTech Corp. has merged with Professional Communications and Cable Inc. PC&C’s 14 employees have been transferred to the new XiTech offices. “PC&C was very attractive to us because of its expertise in network and telecommunications installation,” says XiTech president Jim Sommer.