Paragon Solutions Inc., a privately held Oracle consulting firm founded five years ago by Pittsburgh entrepreneurs Debbie Ferlic and Susan Parker, has joined the Summit Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of CIBER Inc. We are excited about the possibilities this brings to Pittsburgh, says Ferlic, who is now vice president/general manager of Summit Group. Plans this year for the Pittsburgh office include hiring 14 additional consultants and a move from its current location in Carnegie to new, larger offices. The $4.5 million company expects to double in size by 2000. CIBER Inc. is a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. SBN featured Paragon Solutions in its Who to Watch in 1998 feature in the January 1998 issue.
Precision-Marshall Steel Co. of Washington, Pa., a supplier of ground flat stock, drill rod and tool steel and alloy plate throughout North America, has opened a new warehouse in Columbia, S.C., and signed an agreement with Hardy Sales Co. of Denver to inventory and market its tool steel products. The new locations, the company says, will enable it to serve the Southeast and Rocky Mountain states more efficiently and promptly.
Capital Appraisal Group Ltd. has purchased United Appraisal Services Ltd., the largest real estate appraisal company in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore region. Capital Appraisal Group says the acquisition is by no means intended to be its last. Says David Landman, president of Capital Appraisal Group: The real estate industry is consolidating, and it is our intention to purchase other appraisal companies and related businesses and rapidly expand our businesses.
Tuscarora Inc. has agreed to acquire the principal business and operating assets of Berry Packaging Inc. of Sallisaw, Okla. The company says the purchase of the company, a manufacturer of interior protective packaging made from custom expanded polystyrene, will allow Tuscarora to better serve existing and new customers in the region, especially within the appliance industry, one of its core markets.
Lindwood Farm Inc. and Kacin Companies Inc. are planning to develop a carriage home community of 80 one-level homes in Hempfield Township. The development, South Meadow at Lindwood, will be located north of Greensburg.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives has established a Web site at www.scorepittsburgh.com. The site offers success tips for small businesses and information about SCORE services and counseling resources. SCORE says the site will soon allow online registration for its pre-business workshops and will provide a form to request counseling by a SCORE volunteer.
Kacin General Contractors is building a 35,550-square-foot building in Westmoreland County Business & Research Park in New Kensington. The building will include 32,000 square feet of warehouse/manufacturing space and 3,550 square feet of office space.
The facility is designed to allow for a 50 percent expansion in the future, and will include three loading docks with drive-in access and turnaround space, parking area, handicapped accessibility and complete landscaping.
Sima Products Corp. of Oakmont earned four Innovations Awards for its new products at the International Electronics Show. The company received awards for its audio video switcher, volume stabilizer, pro series color corrector and special effects editor and audio mixer. Sima, which has nearly 100 products in its line of consumer electronics accessories, sells them in more than 20 countries and through a network of dealers and distributors nationwide.
Turner Construction Co. has been selected as construction manager/general contractor for an $8.7 million redevelopment of the former Pennley Park Apartments complex. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will include new construction and renovation of 102 residential units ranging from efficiency apartments to three-bedroom townhouses. The new development, which will be named Pennley Place, is being developed by Community Builders Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates more than 10,000 housing units nationwide, in cooperation with East Liberty Development Inc.
Triangle Circuits of Pittsburgh has been awarded a contract by Westinghouse Process Control Inc. to supply printed circuit boards for use in Westinghouses distributed process control and information systems. A just-in-time inventory replenishment system at Westinghouse Process Control will be used to reorder parts from Triangle Circuits electronically. With the new technology in place, Westinghouse will communicate with Triangle Circuits computers when a new inventory of parts is needed. Production of printed circuit boards will be driven by a bar code floor stock system. Daily updates will then be loaded into the Westinghouse mainframe computer, and a signal will be sent to Triangle Circuits to replenish an order of predetermined size.
WestLake Internet Training has chosen Pittsburgh as the location for its new training operations. Pittsburgh native Jonathan Steffey, an Internet trainer with WestLake in Washington, D.C., since 1996, has been named director of the Pittsburgh operations. WestLake opened offices in Green Tree in January and downtown last month. According to Steffey, a growing number of high-tech firms in the Pittsburgh region and easy access to other key cities and regions weighed heavily in its decision to choose Pittsburgh for its new facility. We expect companies in Cleveland, Columbus, Buffalo and throughout the Northeast which have used WestLake for years will now choose to send employees to Pittsburgh for training because the city is so accessible, says Steffey.
DXI Inc., a rate and shipment information management company based in Robinson Township, has expanded its sales coverage with the opening of a European office in London. We serve a global industry, and its imperative that our firm be readily accessible to customers throughout the world, says Ed Ryan, vice president of sales and marketing. Having an office in London helps us to offer better responsiveness to major European manufacturers and ocean carriers. DXI also maintains offices in Cranford, N.J., Miami, San Francisco and Shanghai.
MSA Process Automation Solutions and Services Inc. has acquired the project files and software of the former DAXUS Corp. in an agreement approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. We have a number of customers who were also customers of DAXUS, says Patrick Gallagher, MSA PASS vice president. The acquisition of this information will help us to support our current customers and all former DAXUS customers with Year 2000 and other enhancement challenges they may face now and in the future. Daxus, a supplier of automation systems and software to the metals, food processing and pharmaceutical industries, filed for bankruptcy in January 1998. MSA Pass provides turnkey computer systems, process control services, system design and facility-wide management systems to a variety of process and manufacturing industries.