Dateline Pittsburgh: 1/21/04

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Accounting

McCrory & McDowell LLC promoted Jeff Spengler to senior manager; Russ Crawford and Paul Mavrinac, managers; Derek Demastus, supervisor; and Jeff Bonno and Jeannette Bednar, senior accountants.

   
Person of the Week

Mark Rendulic

Job: Executive vice president, Consumer and Small Business Financial Services, National City Bank of Pennsylvania.
Age: 37
Ambitions: To be a great father with children who grow up happy and respectful of others.
First job: Paperboy: Delivered The Daily News in Port Vue.
Hardest Job:/why?: Teller. It is the most important job in the banking business, as you must be the face of the company to our customers.
Biggest work challenge ever: Making the transition from the person doing the work to the person who enables others to get things done by removing obstacles and providing a clear vision for where we are going and why we are going there.
Favorite Stock/Mutual Fund: National City Corp.
Away from work I: Spend time with my three sons, fly-fish, hunt and golf.
Dream Vacation: A log cabin, a secluded forest, a trout stream and my wife and three (soon to be four) children.
Favorite Book: Any presidential history book. The latest: "Franklin and Winston" by Jon Meacham.
If I won the lottery, I'd: Set up a charitable fund in support of education.

   

Alpern Rosenthal hired Richard C. Steinmetz, senior accountant, and Shawn P. McCullough, semi-senior accountant, accounting and audit department; Kevin M. Baker, staff accountant, comprehensive financial options group; and Jason M. Miller, staff accountant, tax department.

Architecture

Dawn R. Cindric and Anne R. Savage have joined WTW Architects.

Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates added Theodore Nalepa to the education architectural studio as a technical specialist and Jason Fedorek to the interior design department, both in the Butler office.

Associations/Organizations

Maureen P. Kelly, shareholder in the Employment and Labor Services Group, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board.

Richard De Young, president and chief executive officer of WTW Architects of Pittsburgh, has been elected to a three-year term on the AIA Pennsylvania board of directors.

Stephen Quick, principal, Perkins Eastman, has been se-lected to serve as a member on the American Institute of Architects Livable Communities Committee.

Banking, Finance

Legend Financial Advisors Inc. hired Susan E. Frank as a public relations coordinator.

Consulting

Yanni Partners Inc. named Kay Ceserani consulting project manager.

H. B. Maynard and Co. Inc. hired Joe Bachkosky, Patrick Daley, Nick Elliott, Jeremy Gracik, Jarrett Katawczik, associate consultants; Larry Lewis, senior account manager; and Tom Soroka, associate instructor.

Contractor, Construction

PWCampbell hired Jeffrey A. Dohn as a project manager.

Bill Keith has joined Jendoco Construction Corp. as senior project manager.

Ragnar Benson Inc. announced the promotions of Joseph Castellano to manager of construction and Michael M. Miskevics to manager of construction management services.

Communications

Kolbrener Inc. hired George Popichak as director of creative services.

Foundations

Carey Harris was recently elected to a three-year term on the board of the Birmingham Foundation.

Health and Medicine

Family Hospice and Palliative Care hired Heidi Watterson as pediatric palliative care coordinator.

Valerie Day Wilden was promoted to assistant vice president of St. Barnabas Health System.

West Penn Allegheny Health System appointed Robert Templin Jr. to the position of senior counsel for the health system.

Law

Cohen & Grigsby announced the election of three new directors: Mark A. Grace, litigation and bankruptcy and creditor's rights groups; W. Scott Hardy, labor and employment group; and Marc P. Taxay, business group. In addition, Barbara A. Scheib has rejoined the litigation group as an associate.

Pepper Hamilton said Damian C. Georgino has joined the firm as a partner in the Pittsburgh office.

Manufacturing

Michael S. Skapura has been promoted to general manager of Westmoreland Plastics Co.

Elsewhere

Pittsburgh native Nancy J. Jardini has been appointed as the first female head of the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service, the agency's law enforcement arm. Jardini, a 1985 graduate of Chatham College, will direct the nationwide staff of about 4,500 employees, including more than 2,900 agents.

Business Notes

World Health Alternatives Inc., a medical staffing company, closed on the purchase of the assets of Superior Staffing Solutions Inc., a medical staffing company based in the Pittsburgh area.

The law firm of Tucker Arensberg is now affiliated with The Law Firm Alliance, an affiliation of law firms created to provide a vehicle for clients to obtain competent and responsive legal services by providing a network of member firms.

DynaVox Systems, a provider of advanced augmentative and alternative communication solutions, has acquired Enkidu Research Inc. of Brookfield, Wis. Enkidu Research develops AAC technologies supported by aggressive applied research efforts.

The Association of Iron and Steel Engineers and the Iron & Steel Society have formally merged into a new technical organization -- the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, headquartered in Warrendale.

GVA Oxford, a Western Pennsylvania provider of commercial real estate services, announced the sale of the former Schreiber food plant at 4700 Campbells Run Road in Robinson to Champion Window and Patio Rooms for $1.1 million. Ned Doran of GVA Oxford represented Schreiber's interests in the sale of the 29,862-square-foot, 2.29-acre site. The location will become Champion's new showroom, warehouse and manufacturing facility in the Pittsburgh region. Champion Window Manufacturing Co. is a home improvement company in the specialty window, siding and patio room category with its headquarters in Cincinnati and more than 47 locations throughout the United States.

Name Changes

Angels' Place Inc. is the new name of Mom's House Inc. of Pittsburgh, child day-care centers serving single moms and dads who are attending classes full time. The centers are at 2615 Norwood Ave., North Side; 600 Fordham Ave., Brookline; and 2538 Woodstock Ave., Swissvale.

New Business/New Offices

A new Italian restaurant, Linguini's Italian Grill, Route 51, Pleasant Hills, recently opened. Owners Michael and Linda Abromovitz are the former owners of Perfect Shirt Laundry. Linguini's Italian Grill offers takeout, delivery and catering services. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 3 to 9 p.m.

The Fragasso Group Inc. said financial consultants previously at the firm's South Hills and North Hills offices were moved to the Downtown office in the Koppers Building. South Hills and North Hills offices, at 110 Fort Couch Road, 2nd Floor, Upper St. Clair, and at 11269 Perry Highway, Pine Professional Building, Suite 430, Pine, will be used as meeting spaces.

Warhola Video Productions Inc. moved from its location in Robinson to 106 Merchant Lane in Settlers Cabin Business Center, Collier. Visit the Web site www.warholaproductions.com.

Contracts

Keystone Dedicated Logistics has been selected by Bartco Lighting of Huntington Beach, Calif., to manage its domestic and international transportation.

Kerestes-Martin Associates Inc. has been awarded a contract to design a new logo identity program for Butler Township and its new municipal building.

WTW Architects of Pittsburgh in cooperation with Taylor Whitney of Lexington, Ky., have been selected to complete a major renovation and redesign for the University Center at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Emerson Process Management said its Power & Water Solutions industry center had been selected to modernize the control system at Dairyland Power Cooperative's John P. Madgett Station in western Wisconsin. Under the $3.1 million contract, Emerson will replace the existing analog control system of the 370-megawatt, coal-fired generating plant with Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture.

PDG Environmental Inc. began work on two new contracts valued at $1.7 million, involving asbestos abatement at two industrial sites in Arkansas and Mississippi; the facilities are scheduled for demolition once the environmental work is complete. The sites will be managed and staffed by PDG Environmental's Tampa, Fla., office.

Massaro Co. recently began the construction of a Spring Hill Suites by Marriott on Pittsburgh's North Shore. The project architect is Architectural Alliance. Scheduled completion date is January 2005.

Burns & Scalo Roofing announced the roofing contract award for Coventry Square in Allison Park.

Dickerson & Mangus Ink has been contracted to develop a marketing and branding campaign for Community College of Allegheny County.

Construction has begun on Munhall Square at East Eighth Avenue and William Marks Way. The center is being developed by Alex Scott of Center Associates and David Brody of Senecca Realty, and will be built in two phases.

ComponentOne LLC said ComponentOne Europe will manage all Doc-To-Help sales and services in Europe and the United Kingdom. ComponentOne Doc-To-Help, a true single source Help authoring tool for Microsoft Word, includes many features empowering Help authors, technical writers and software developers to easily create HTML Help, cross-platform HTML-based Help, WinHelp, JavaHelp and print documentation.

FreeMarkets Inc., a provider of global supply management solutions, said it had signed an agreement with Payless ShoeSource Inc., the largest footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere. Under the terms of the agreement, Payless is using FreeMarkets QS and supporting services to drive savings and efficiencies across its operations. The agreement extends the relationship that FreeMarkets and Payless began in 2002.

Wendell August Forge has selected Elisco to create a series of newspaper ads for both the Grove City, Mercer County, and Holmes County, Ohio, locations. Elisco also is developing collateral materials. Elisco also is working with Jenny Lee Bakery to create a new package design for the bakery's signature cinnamon raisin and crimp cinnamon bread.

LarsonO'Brien Advertising and Public Relations has been named agency of record for Follansbee Steel of Follansbee, W.Va.

Voest-Alpine Industries Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary of Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagen-Bau, was awarded a contract from Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc. to modernize an electric arc furnace with VAI FUCHS Technology and to increase the volume of the furnace. This modernization will allow the client to utilize a two bucket charge when loading scrap, rather than the current three bucket charging procedure.

Dividends

Alcoa declared a quarterly common stock dividend of 15 cents per share, payable Feb. 25 to shareholders of record Feb. 6.

Grants/loans

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council received a $5,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Service. The grant will support the agency's adult education programming and sponsor a volunteer tutor workshop.

Awards/Honors

Verizon recognized Jason Woodcook, a switching equipment technician, with the company's prestigious Verizon Heroes Award. Woodcook received the bronze medal for rescuing two men from a burning truck.

The Life Sciences Building on the campus of West Virginia University was one of only two projects to receive a Merit Award from the International Masonry Institute as part of the 2003 Western Pennsylvania Golden Trowel Awards. Dick Corp. served as the general contractor for the project.

George Fausold, assistant vice president and Community Reinvestment Act officer for National City Bank of Pennsylvania, has been named the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group CRA Award Winner for 2003. The award is annually presented to someone who has met community credit needs and equal lending patterns and practices, and for outstanding work with the PCRG office to assist in community-based and revitalization initiatives.

Jeff Schlegel, portfolio manager, and Joe Denski, senior investment officer of National City Bank of Pennsylvania's Private Client Group, have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, administered by the Association for Investment Management and Research.

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