Business Notes Featured

10:06am EDT July 22, 2002

GA Financial Inc. subsidiary Great American Federal Savings and Loan Association has decided to discontinue its data-processing services for other financial institutions. The reason, according to bank officials, is that the company wants to use the data center internally to push forward its core business: banking.

Leonard & Dively, Attorneys at Law, has relocated to the Granite Building, 313 Sixth Ave., 2nd floor, in downtown Pittsburgh.

Quest Fore, an O'Hara Township-based marketing communications agency, has been hired by the PNC Bank Education Loan Center to develop informational and promotional communications pieces. The agency also recently designed and produced the multimedia presentation, "The Power of Pittsburgh," for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. The presentation is being used as a sales tool to encourage businesses to relocate to Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Brewing Co. on Pittsburgh's North Side took home several awards in the State College MicroBrewers Exposition's recent Nittany Valley Gold Medal Competition. The local brewer won the Gold Medal and Best of Show Overall in the wheat-beer category. Its Penn Gold won the Silver Medal in the light-lager category. And its Penn Dark took the Bronze medal in the dark-lager category. Pennsylvania Brewing competed against 130 national and craft brews for the awards.

Coraopolis-based Associated Occupational Therapists Inc. has formed a joint venture with Carnegie-based EduSource to develop a new informational Parent and Teacher Seminar Series focusing on special-needs children. The seminars, being planned for this fall and the beginning of 1999, will address issues such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. AOT provides occupational-therapy services to school districts and others. EduSource provides educational services and consulting to school districts in the area of computer systems integration.

Vorticon Softworks Inc., a new local computer software developer, has introduced its first product, a system that automates the filing of complex, multipage accident and incident reports required by the Pennsylvania State Police where such incidents result in injuries or severe damage. The five principal owners include former police, municipal managers and software developers. The company projects that it will become profitable in the spring of 1999.

Holy Cow Graphics, a start-up design agency, has been selected to provide design and advertising services for a number of new clients, including Bacharach Inc., Traco Windows and Doors and IKM Inc.

Pittsburgh Communications Corp., a local designer and systems integrator of security systems, has been selected to design and install a new door-monitoring security system for 37 buildings on the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in Oakland.

SPEC Group Holdings Inc. in Pittsburgh has acquired Los Angeles-based Life Cycle Consulting Inc.. SPEC Group Holdings provides technical outsourcing services in the energy and primary-process industries. Life Cycle provides information technology consulting services primarily to electric utilities.

Altoona-based Ward Trucking Corp. reports that its proprietary Stack-Up Loading System, since its introduction in 1996, has led to a 50 percent reduction in damage claims, putting its claims percentage at a low 0.7 percent. The system also has allowed the trucking company to stack 33 percent more cargo in each truck.

Pittsburgh-based Pitt Ohio Express Inc. has been awarded second-place honors in both the General Commodities Less Than Truckload/Local and General Commodities Less Than Truckload/Line-Haul Divisions between 10 million and 50 million miles categories, from the ATA Safety Management Council. The trucking company also has won a Division Improvement Award in the General Commodities Less Than Truckload Division from the ATA council.

MRRC Development Associates has been given the go-ahead from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh to purchase land at Washington's Landing and build 23 townhouse units. The construction represents the fifth-and final-phase in the development of the Village at Washington's Landing. MRRC Development is a joint venture between local developers The Rubinoff Co. and Montgomery & Rust.

Community Drug of Greenfield has been named one of the Top 50 Internet sites in the world by a poll of online sites taken by CIO Magazine. The Web site,,was designed to sell the pharmacy's custom drug-compounding services.

CarQuarters Collision Repair Centers, a Natick, Mass.-based chain of auto body shops with operations in Pittsburgh, has changed its name to Sterling Collision Centers.

The Galbreath Co. Mid-Atlantic and CB Commercial/Arnheim & Neely, two Pittsburgh commercial real estate companies, have completed their merger with CB Richard Ellis. The new entity, CB Richard Ellis Pittsburgh, now brings together more than 250 employees and is located in USX Tower.