Business Notes Featured

9:38am EDT July 22, 2002

Spence Publishing Group, led by husband and wife team Bill and Stephanie Spence, has rolled out its second annual Pittsburgh NOW, a magazine guide book showcasing the region's "treasures and hotspots." The publication, they say, is designed to attract commerce, families, students and visitors to the region. Distribution includes hotels, the airport, relocation services, bookstores, corporations, universities, grocery stores and other retailers. Spence Publishing Group also publishes the monthly Pennsylvania Health & Fitness Magazine.

BroadStreet Communications has been launched with a $62 million equity investment by Frontenac Co., Boston Ventures and Catalyst Ventures. The company will deliver an integrated suite of business communication services.

James Lange, an attorney and CPA, has launched, a Web site providing retirement and estate planning information addressing the specific needs of the gay and lesbian community.

Solid State Measurements Inc. is planning to begin shipping the first of its new line of equipment for testing production semiconductor wafers.

Desbrow & Associates has been selected to develop a multimedia marketing campaign for the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

CFA Real Estate Network, a national full-service title company, has launched its e-commerce Web site at

Management Science Associates Inc. has signed an agreement with DIRECTV Inc. to integrate MSA's Gabriel software into DIRECTV's programming. Management Science Associates has also formed a nonprofit company with CONSAD Research Corp. to bid on U.S. Health and Human Services contracts to manage the national organ transplant system and support the analysis of its data.

The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce has established a Web site at that provides information about job and career opportunities in Indiana County.

IMS Systems, a German manufacturer of isotope, X-ray and optical measuring systems, has opened its first U.S. office in Wexford.

Leveltek International LLC and Leveltec Processing LLC of Benwood, W.Va., have named Levy Industrial as their advertising agency.

Beverly Morrow Associates has changed its name to BMA Communications.

Kerotest Manufacturing Corp. has acquired the Marsh Needle Valve product line from Marsh Bellofram Corp.

Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. has sold its undercoatings business to Pittsburgh-based Oil Service Inc.

Discovery Entrepreneur Resources Inc. has been chosen by Internet start-ups, and Cyber to provide marketing support for their online technologies.

Respironics Inc. has signed a three-year agreement with AmeriNet to provide certain of its ventilation products and accessories for a cardiovascular services program.

Advanticom Inc. has leased the first floor of the Stores Building at the City Center of Duquesne. Advanticom installs and maintains voice, data and video systems, and local and wide-area network systems.

Yearick-Millea has been named marketing communications agency for Pittsburgh Companies North, a Butler-based food service company.

General American Corp. has received a multiyear consulting and technology contract to assist in building a new real estate services business for SunTrust Banks Inc. of Atlanta.

P.W.Campbell has been awarded the design/build contract by Jessop Employees Federal Credit Union in Washington, Pa., to construct a 2,500-square-foot main office building.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services posted a record $708.5 million in collective volume for June. The reported figures are based on listed, closed and written volume from 58 office locations. has a new client, Abruzzi's Italian Restaurant, located on the South Side.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has broken ground for a four-story, 43,000-square-foot office building in Franklin Park Corporate Center.

MD&A Financial Management Co. has been approved as a registered investment adviser with the state.

Your Financial Connection is a new talk and call-in program broadcast on WORD-FM 101.5 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Mike McCormick, president, Atlas Brokerage Co., is the host.

Dick Corp. has received a contract from the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia for construction of a $56 million cultural and educational center in downtown Charleston, W.Va.

MSA Process Automation Solutions and Services Inc. and the Orsi Group of St. Louis have formed a strategic partnership to develop and provide integrated plant systems to the metals industry.

3 Rivers Connect has received a $50,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to enhance, an interactive guide to Southwestern Pennsylvania's environmental assets and natural amenities.

Point Park College and the Bidwell Training Center have established The Point Partnership, a program that will enable Bidwell graduates to complete bachelor's degrees at Point Park College.

Atlas Software Technologies Inc. has agreed to invest at least $2 million in training, jobs and capital in South Africa over the next three years. During this period, at least 100 South Africans will be trained in advanced technologies through intensive six- to 18-month programs administered by Atlas Software Technologies.

The sale of WorldClass Processing Inc. to Samuel Manu-tech has been completed, following the approval of a U.S. bankruptcy court.

The Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the Culture Caravan, a shuttle service that operates between downtown and the North Side and downtown and the East End. The shuttles operate between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cost is $1 per person.

Custom WoodWorks Inc. has located in the former Dlubak facility in South Buffalo Township. The company is leasing 38,000 square feet of space with the option to purchase, and is upgrading the facilities in an $815,000 renovation.