Dateline Pittsburgh: 4/19/2011

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Contracts

Dck worldwide, through its operating entity dck-ecc pacific guam construction LLC, signed an agreement with Taisei Corp. to pursue and execute work in Guam funded by the Government of Japan. The $3 billion Mamizu multiple award construction contract is intended to be used by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific for the design and construction of infrastructure and facilities projects in Guam to accommodate the upcoming transfer of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Inc. named as its coprorate accounting firm of record McCrory & McDowell, which will provide audit and tax services.

Scholarships/Grants

Variety the Children's Charity was awarded a grant of $7,500 by the FISA Foundation to support Camp Variety for Kids at The Woodlands in Marshall in August.

Awards/Honors

Sisterson & Co. LLP achieved the highest level of report following a peer review of its quality controls for accounting and auditing engagements. This is the seventh consecutive review period for which the firm has received this rating, placing Sisterson among the top tier of all CPA firms in the nation.

Eaton Corp. said the U.S. Department of Energy certified Eaton as an energy service company, which recognizes Eaton's ability to meet the highest standards in managing energy-saving performance projects that help businesses and government organizations achieve energy efficiency objectives.

Kennametal Inc. said its revolutionary Beyond Blast metalcutting technology was honored with a 2011 Carnegie Science Center Award in the category of advanced manufacturing. The center established the awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in Western Pennsylvania. Beyond Blast can deliver as much as a 300 percent improvement in productivity. Beyond Blast delivers the coolant directly to the juncture where the tool edge meets the material, ensuring longer tool life, better cutting performance and chip control, and more efficient coolant delivery, heat transfer and lubricity.

The Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania honored six, along with their employers, as winners of the 15th Annual John P. (Jack) Daley Safety/Craftsmanship Award for work completed in 2010. Award winners: Project Category, 0 to 5,000 man-hours: Jeffrey T. Peters, G. Kidd Inc.; 5,000 to 10,000 man-hours: Fred Shumaker, Amelie Construction & Supply LLC; 10,000 to 15,000 man-hours: John J. Sigrist, D-M Products Inc.; over 15,000 man-hours: Jeffrey M. Schadel, Century Steel Erectors Co.; maintenance: Anthony Schindler and Earl Rothey, Century Steel Erectors Co.

The Sign Language Interpreting Professionals awarded Highmark its third annual SLIP'r Award. The award is presented to businesses and organizations that continually demonstrate a commitment to improving the communication needs of deaf individuals in the workplace and community.

The Neurosurgical Society of America said Dr. Peter J. Jannetta, vice-chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital, was awarded its distinguished Medal for Outstanding Service in recognition of his vast contributions to the advancement of medicine. Dr. Jannetta's groundbreaking research into the pathology and treatment of cranial nerve compression syndromes is widely regarded as one of the most important modern day breakthroughs in the field of neurological disease. Compression of cranial nerves can lead to debilitating illnesses that affect sensation and motor function of the tongue, eyes and facial muscles.

Robert Fragasso of Fragasso Financial Advisors was named one of the Top 1000 Financial Advisors in America by Barron's magazine. The ranking was based on data provided by more than 4,000 financial advisers across the United States and considered advisers' assets under management and revenues as well as the quality of their practice and involvement in charitable and philanthropic endeavors.

Janet C. Emery, president, J. Emery Consulting Inc., was named a Trained and Approved Consultant by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations Standards for Excellence Program: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Professionals achieving this designation have demonstrated superior competence in their profession, completed the required PANO facilitation training and committed to upholding the nationally recognized Ethics and Accountability Code.

The A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration at Duquesne University was named one of the nation's top undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek. The school, which was one of 13 new institutions added to this year's rankings, entered as No. 78 nationwide and was listed in the top 10 business schools across Pennsylvania.


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