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10:10am EDT July 22, 2002
p> TRACO, a Cranberry Township-based window manufacturer, has launched a new Website at The site contains information targeting architects, dealers/contractors and homeowners.

Woodings Industrial Corp. has sold to U.S. Steel a soaking bar tap hole drill for the USS Gary Works.

Pittsburgh advertising and public relations agency Hallmark/Tassone has added six new accounts: Adelphia Power Link, Sony Technology Center, Physical Rehab Centers, the northeast region of SuperValu Inc., Henne Jewelers, and the Pittsburgh Building and Trades Council.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority has approved the sale of a five-acre property to the Rubinoff Co. for development of a distribution facility to lease to the UPMC Health System. The total cost of the South Side Works project is estimated at $3.96 million.

Development Dimensions International and FORE Systems Inc. have teamed together to create interactive employee training software. DDI's interactive training software is being adapted to run on FORE System's ATM network. With the new software, companies will be able to deliver training to employees' desktops through a corporate intranet, wide area network or local area network.

WTW Architects was selected to design a two-phase 154,000-square-foot expansion and a 40,000-square-foot renovation of the Black Box warehouse/distribution center in Lawrence, Pa.

Prudential Preferred Realty reported 1997 sales of more than $780 million, an 8 percent increase over 1996 sales.

The Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Inc. has announced the availability of research funding in amounts of up to $50,000 for one-year projects to commence in July 1998. The funding is available through its Technology Development Fund seed grant program, which supports product-driven research in the field of tissue engineering.

Kings Family Restaurants will soon expand the chain to 32 restaurants. Construction is under way on a new restaurant in Grove City which is scheduled to open in July.

Associations Book Distributors International has expanded to a 65,000-square-foot fulfillment facility and has upgraded its computer operations to include a data center.

SPEC Group Holdings Inc. has acquired Insight Automation Systems Inc.

1997 marked the biggest year ever for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. The year-to-date written- and closed-transaction volume totaled more than $3.9 billion, a 25 percent increase from the previous year.

Vista Resources Inc. has closed on its 97-2 drilling program with funding of $3.4 million. Seventeen natural gas wells will be drilled in Mercer County. Most of the gas will be used at the PPG plant in Meadville.

Janus Technologies Inc. and Isogon Corp. signed a co-promotional agreement. Janus Technologies will promote Isogon's Soft Audit IT asset tracking software and Isogon Corp. will promote Janus Technologies' Argis IT asset management repository software tool.

MedSource Inc., which has a Pittsburgh office and is a holding company for providers of patient accounting and collection services to the health-care industry, has acquired All States Collection Service of Springfield, Mo.

National Amusements has upgraded its sound systems as part of a $10 million campaign to add Dolby SR Stereo and digital sound in all of its theaters worldwide.

GMI has moved its operation to larger quarters in Leetsdale.

DXI Inc., an integrated electronic facility for the presentation, purchase and management of industrial transportation services, acquired Transax Data from the Journal of Commerce, a division of Economist Newspaper Ltd.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh approved contracts for the design and construction of improvements on Isabella Street on the north side of the new ALCOA headquarters building. The improvements have been designed by Gateway Engineers and will be completed by ASCO Construction, Turner Construction and Duquesne Light Co. The URA also authorized two agreements with GAI Consultants Inc. for predevelopment work at the Nine Mile Run slag site.

Koppel Steel Corp., a bar and seamless tubular steel manufacturer, has named Levy Industrial as its electronic marketing agency. Levy recently completed Koppel's Website and is now developing a campaign to market it worldwide.

RE/MAX reported 1997 volume of more than $809 million. This is the real estate company's 10th year of consecutive growth.

Three Rivers Bank, a member of the Johnstown-based USBANCORP Inc., has reached an agreement in principle to acquire two branch offices of National City Bank of Pennsylvania., a subsidiary of National City Corp. of Cleveland. The branches are located on the North Side of Pittsburgh at 600 E. Ohio St. and in Braddock at 823 Braddock Ave.

First Commonwealth Financial Corp. and Hefren-Tillotson Inc. announced an alliance between the two companies that will provide access to an array of financial services for both current and future customers.

Remedy Intelligent Staffing has opened a Pittsburgh office. The company focuses on business service recruitment, selection and placement for positions such as general office, transaction processing, general accounting and executive support personnel.

Repal Construction Co. has been awarded the contract of the second phase of universal access alterations at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

SilverStone Software Corp. has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with ASCII Corp. of Tokyo, Japan. ASCII will produce and market SilverStone's leading software titles in Japan.

Commercial National Bank of Westmoreland County has launched a comprehensive financial information site on the World Wide Web at

Equitable Resources Inc. has opened a 12,000-square-foot technical training and meeting facility at One S. Ninth St., South Side. The facility will be used to train ERI's field personnel. The company will also market its programs to other utilities, contractors, construction and maintenance operations, safety and regulatory compliance officers.

Clearwater Inc. has acquired Northwestern Air Drilling Services Co. of Grand Junction, Colo.

Amerisuites has opened its first hotel in Pittsburgh on Campbells Run Road.

Scandia Down Shops Ltd. has chosen Fredette & Associates, a Pittsburgh-based advertising and design agency, to develop a national print media advertising program.

WiseWire Corp. has closed on a third round of financing with an investment by Mellon Ventures Inc. The capital will be used to expand the company's sales effort, develop new products and increase brand awareness.

Papyrus Inc. has released Conductor, a software program that eliminates the need for searching on a network or in filing cabinet for a document.

GAI Consultants Inc. has been selected to prepare a river conservation plan for the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Alliance.

ServiceWare Inc. has been designated as official provider of PC solution knowledge bases for REALHELP and REALHELP Extra Strength by Quarterdeck Corp. of Marina del Rey, Calif.

Vertical Net Inc., a business-to-business communications service on the Internet, has integrated WiseWire Corp.'s intelligent agent technology for finding, organizing and delivering targeted information from the Internet.

JRC Foods Inc. has opened a Jersey Mike's Subs shop in Penn Center, Wilkins Township, its third in the Pittsburgh area.

LANDcom Associates, a marketing communications firm, has been established to provide services to local high-technology firms.

Pittsburgh-based WoodWorks Unlimited has opened an office in Cleveland. The company provides pallet management and problem-solving for manufacturers.

The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business has opened an entrepreneur center in Waynesburg, its fifth community-based office.

InfoSAGE Inc., a developer of data warehousing software and information-management servic es, has reached a licensing agreement with USX Engineers and Consultants Inc. as an InfoSAGE alliance partner to market its InfoSAGE decision-support system technology to UEC clients worldwide.

Ellwood Processing Inc. and Maryland Liquid Waste have merged with Allegheny Liquid Systems and become part of the MAX group of companies.

Miller Melone Communication and Design has been selected to provide marketing services, including advertising, public relations and graphic design, for Shandon Lipshaw. The firm has also been named agency of record by Wisdom Technologies.

Hollowood Music and Sound has opened a store in Plum Borough on Golden Mile Highway.

Eagle Physical Therapy has opened an office in Uniontown.

Dickey, McCamey & Chilcote has established a Website at

SportsRock Entertainment has acquired the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, a 100,000-square-foot hospitality and recreational complex.

Community College of Allegheny County will offer an accelerated business management certificate during the fall 1998 semester. Students will be able to complete the program and be job-ready in 11 months.

Pittsburgh-based restaurant chain Red River Barbecue & Grille has opened a unit in Annapolis, Md.

Horizon Marketing Communications has been named agency of record by Jackson and Blanc, a San Diego commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor.

WTW Architects is designing a 150-bed residence hall for St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.

Turner Construction Co. has been selected as construction manager for the new Purnell Center for the Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dental Select has established a dental practice in the South Hills Medical Building at Jefferson Hospital. The staff includes two general dentists and a variety of specialists.