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9:59am EDT July 22, 2002

Adonix S.A., a France-based maker of software systems that unite all the functions of business operations into one comprehensive system, has acquired GSI Transcomm, a Pittsburgh-based software developer of TOLAS distribution software.

Pittsburgh Airport Hotel LLC has opened a Microtel Inn & Suites — its fourth in Pennsylvania — at 900 Chauvet Dr. at Pittsburgh International Airport. The new hotel is a three-story, 99-room property with single, double and suite accommodations. Microtel is a franchise whose franchiser is Atlanta-based U.S. Franchise Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: USFS).

The Bernstein Law Firm has merged with the firm of Joseph M. Wymard, P.C. to form the expanded practice of Bernstein Bernstein Krawec & Wynard, P.C. The resulting firm, concentrating in commercial and retail collections, will maintain its main offices in Pittsburgh. The new firm will also have locations in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Pittsburgh law firm Pietragallo, Bosick & Gordon is publishing Tri-State Product Liability Update, a quarterly publication that analyzes and critiques topics pertaining to recent legislative matters applying to insured and self-insured manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Taylor Perles Communications has been named agency of record for Resources for Management, a Blawnox-based executive search and financial services consulting firm.

CISCORP has introduced Mail Attender, a software package designed to administer e-mail systems. The product is intended to ensure the proper use of e-mail, increase employee productivity and eliminate wasteful use of storage space on servers, the company says. The software uses mail restrictions that allow administrators to control which attachments and documents are retained on a user’s system and how long they can be retained.

Franchise Specialists Inc., a Pittsburgh-based franchise development and franchise marketing firm, has opened an office in Charlotte, N.C. The company also maintains offices in Hartford, Conn., and Tulsa, Okla.

Akerman Center For Discovery has opened a learning facility in Wexford. The center offers a variety of programs designed for professional and personal growth.

WTW Architects has been selected to complete two design projects for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Butler. The first phase incorporates two exterior projects, including a series of parking improvements and a reworking of the hospital’s primary entrance. The second phase involves retrofitting 800 windows throughout the hospital. The combined cost of the projects is expected to be $2.5 million.

Nauticom has implemented a new technology that can transform a regular telephone line into a high speed, high capacity Internet connection. The service, known as xDSL or digital subscriber line service, is available to North Pittsburgh Telephone Co. customers and is slated to be offered to Bell Atlantic subscribers as well.