Business Notes Featured

9:34am EDT July 22, 2002

Mizrahi Design Associates and ICCWebDev Business Solutions are teaming up to design a Web site for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The design reflects the artistic direction and scope of programming provided by the center.

Repal Construction Co., in conjunction with Action-Housing Inc. of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has begun the construction of Center Township Elderly Housing in Center Township, Beaver County.

Thirty-two Pittsburgh neighborhood shopping districts have received a total of $904,500 in funding from The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh's Mainstreet program.

B. Kenneth Simon has established a trust fund of $2 million supporting Robert Morris' new Massey Center for Business Innovation by funding the newly established B. Kenneth Simon Professorship in Free Enterprise. Ralph Reiland will be the first Professor in Free Enterprise and assumes the role of assistant director at the Massey Center. In addition, a new professorship at the college, funded by Pittsburgh Logistics System, will take its place at the engineering facility and has been dubbed the Pittsburgh Logistics Systems Professorship. The professorship will be filled next year and funded by PLS' $500,000 endowment.

M. Patricia Duff has acquired Re/MAX Real Estate Executives franchise offices in Mt. Lebanon and Robinson Township.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh has approved an action to lend $300,000 to develop Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, a 48-unit housing structure for homeless veterans.

PWCampbell has secured several contracts, including the construction of three branch office facilities for First National Bank of Pandora; Vacationland Federal Credit Union in Sandusky, Ohio; Sun East Federal Credit Union in Aston; and Tobyahana Army Depot Federal Credit Union in Scranton.

Community College of Allegheny County has opened a satellite office in Washington County. The college also has lowered its cost per credit hour by 40 percent for Washington residents as it begins to offer classes throughout the county. The new office is in the Washington Trust Building in Washington, Pa.

Northpointe at Slate Lick in Armstrong County, Indiana County Commerce Park and Corporate Campus have been designated by the state as SelecTech Sites. The designation allows business decision-makers to more easily identify sites ready for development.

Aptech has landed a deal with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. to provide the hotel company and its 700 hotels worldwide with accounting and operational reporting. Aptech will streamline Starwood's analysis and reporting process with its execuvue reporting system.

eTOLL Inc. has moved to new offices in the Foster Plaza. The company plans to increase its work force from 75 to 200 by December.

The east wing of Allegheny Center will be getting a second floor in an expansion of the National City Bank facility. The expansions will continue over several years as the 63,000-square-foot second floor is built to accommodate the 25 percent increase in the number of employees in the bank's consumer finance group.

Accounting firm Schneider Downs & Co. Inc. and Rapidigm Inc., a Pittsburgh-based information technology and e-business provider, have formed an alliance to provide integrated e-business solutions services to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Citizens National Bank has started an e-commerce subsidiary (CNBcommerce.COM), designed to offer all of the features of an authentic applications service provider.

Ferri Pharmacy of Murrysville, Pa., was the winner of the Family Pharmacy Pride of the Family award at the AmeriSource Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

Krakoff Communications has been named the agency of record in providing marketing communications services for Pittsburgh Corning FOAMGLASS Insulation products.

Weber Murphy Fox will act as architectural firm for the new $6 million municipal complex in Ross Township.

iServe Technologies has opened its Connectivity Control Center at 1627 Penn Ave. in the Strip District.

Pitt Ohio Express has opened a terminal at 9 Industry Drive, Washington, Pa. The company also has won the Logistics Management & Distribution Report magazine's Quest for Quality Award for the seventh time and repeated last year's No. 1 ranking in on-time performance and value.

Bacharach Inc. has introduced the ECA 450, a portable combustion efficiency and environmental emissions analyzer. The device conditions exhaust samples from any furnace, boiler or combustion engine and analyzes efficiency and emissions.

Callohill Development Group LP has announced that $1 million has been committed for renovation of Park View Flats of Highland Park. The project will convert the building into 17 two-bedroom apartments.

Accounting firm Goff Ellenbogen Backa & Alfera LLC has announced a split into two firms, Crawford & Ellenbogen LLC, and Goff Backa Alfera & Co. LLC.

Summa Technologies has started Summa VentureWorks, a venture capital fund that will invest in technology start-ups. The company looks for investment opportunities that apply software solutions to common business problems.

Pittsburgh law firm Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck PLLC has acquired criminal law practice Vogrin & Reister PC.

Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. has been awarded roofing contracts for Margaret Ross Elementary School; Westpointe 2 in Coraopolis; Kaufmann's Department Store in downtown Pittsburgh; and Shop 'n' Save in Natrona Heights.

Communitec is providing strategic marketing under a retainer agreement for Apreo Inc., a firm that offers productivity and digital asset protection products to Fortune 500 companies.

Zany Brainy has opened a superstore in Monroeville Mall. The multimedia educational store for kids has replaced the Noodle Kidoodle installation. has a new client, Medibiz Inc.

Great American Federal has opened a branch office at the Waterfront development in Homestead.