Business Notes Featured

9:33am EDT July 22, 2002

East of Chicago Pizza Co. has opened a location in Natrona Heights, the second in the Pittsburgh market. The franchise's first site opened last year in Lower Burrell.

Confluence Technologies Inc. has been named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the country.

Life'sWork of Western Pennsylvania has been awarded a four-year contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to implement a retention, advancement and rapid re-employment program.

Dick Corp. of Puerto Rico has received a $48 million contract for the construction of four new schools from the Public Buildings Authority of Puerto Rico. Plans call for the design of three elementary schools and one intermediate school on the island.

Turner Construction Co. has been selected to provide facilities development and construction services for Enterprise Broadcasting Corp.'s new network event center concept. The center will utilize large-screen, high-definition television and Internet-enabled commerce.

Onsrud Cutter, a Liberty, Ill.-based company, has selected enterprise software produced by Adonix, a French software company with its U.S. headquarters in Sewickley.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh has approved six parcels of land for sale for the construction of model homes in the Summerset at Frick Park development. The URA also approved a development plan submitted by Continental Communities LTD of Columbus, Ohio, to build 252 multifamily apartments on the South Side Works property.

Soliel Technologies LLC has launched the Internet site, a health and medical equipment services Web site developed in partnership with UPMC Health System's biomedical equipment and information technology executives.

Labwerks Interactive has launched, a site geared toward the spa professional that connects spas, distributors and manufacturers.

Software Specialists Inc. has spun off BlackTrout, which will concentrate on end-to-end e-business strategy development and delivery.

OnlineChoice has reached an agreement with Washington, D.C.,-based InPhonic to market OnLineChoice wireless phones, including wireless application protocol phones and Internet-ready cell phones.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has reached a merger agreement with Elm Realty Services, a Peters Township agency.

The Fragasso Group Inc., an investment and retirement planning firm, has opened an office in Bethel Park.

Allegheny Investments Ltd. has acquired James Duff Brokerage Services. has landed LifeStyle Directions Inc., a marketer of interactive Web-based health risk assessments, as a new client.

Quadrivius Inc., the holding company composed of Pittsburgh Logistics Systems Inc.,, PLS International LP and InnerLink Strategic Solutions Inc., has moved into its newly constructed headquarters in The Quad Center in Rochester.

ElderVision has secured $1.8 million in new funding for its e-services company for the senior living market. ElderVision has completed field trials for its Touchtown concept, which enables residents of several Pittsburgh retirement communities to use its voice-activated e-mail, agent-assisted online shopping and Internet access.

Choice One Communications has signed a marketing partnership agreement with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under the agreement, Choice One will provide some telecommunications services for the team's operational and administrative functions.

e-genco, the e-commerce logistics division of GENCO Distribution System, has formed a strategic partnership with Order Trust, a provider of outsourced e-commerce infrastructure services.

Metrocall Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based paging services provider, has renewed a contract with RSL COM U.S.A., a Pittsburgh-based provider of application and communications services. RSL COM has also secured a three-year contract to provide frame relay services and dedicated Internet access to Gunite Corp. of Rockville, Ill.

McCue Design Consultants, formerly John McCue Advertising Design Consultants, has relocated to Weyman Plaza in Whitehall.

eToll Inc. has opened its 40,000-square-foot headquarters in Green Tree. eToll also has received a $500,000 loan from the state's Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund to develop its new data center.

Communitech has landed an account with ADC, a global supplier of fiber optics, network equipment, software and integration services for broadband, multiservice networks. The firm also has secured a retainer contract with software developer Apreo Inc.

Gatti Pharmacy has opened a location in downtown Indiana, Pa. The store includes a drive-through window, a specialty pharmacy for compounding medication formulas and a health and wellness room.

Ditto Document Services Inc. has launched a scanning and imaging division. The new division offers digital scanning and information services that convert paper documents into digital formats.

Bernstein and Weiner Partnership has taken an option on a 24-acre parcel of land at the Westmoreland Business and Research Park in Upper Burrell and Washington townships to construct a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and office building complex.

ChemIcon Inc. has formed an alliance with Bruker Optics Inc. of Billerica, Mass., to sell the ChemIcon chemical imaging microscope in industrial markets internationally.