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Building is home to law office and refrigerator 're-skinning' business

SEFFNER — If you need to see a lawyer about estate planning, and you also need your commercial refrigerator refurbished, there's now a one-stop shop nearby.

Attorney Jim Purdy recently finished restoring one of Seffner's oldest houses, built in 1881 at 1401 Lenna Ave., just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and moved his law offices into the first floor.

Upstairs are the offices of a company Purdy owns with his wife, Sally-Ann Purdy. Tasman Services specializes in "reskinning" refrigerators for supermarkets, groceries and convenience stores. Reskinning essentially means replacing the visible, exterior portion of refrigerator units.

Tasman Services isn't likely to get a lot of walk-in customers, so the relocation and renovation will mostly benefit clients of the Purdy Law Firm.

Jim Purdy was a lawyer with the Air Force before he began work in the private sector, first with other firms and for the past seven years in his own practice.

The Purdy Law Firm specializes in estate and wealth planning and preservation for individuals, including wills and trusts, estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid planning, real estate transactions and business planning.

The building that serves as the firm's new offices was built as a single-family home more than 130 years ago, and had most recently been used as a tearoom, Purdy said. Before he moved his offices in, it required months of renovation, inside and out.

For information, call (813) 655-4940 or visit purdylawfirm.com.

And, should you need your commercial refrigeration unit reskinned, call Tasman Services at (813) 655-4940 or visit tasmanservices.com.

Drug testing company comes to Brandon: A company such as USA Mobile Drug Testing is long overdue in this area, Roy McGrew said.

McGrew, owner and president of the new USA Mobile Drug Testing franchise for west-central Florida, said Florida consistently posts one the nation's worst rates of workplace deaths. Making sure employees aren't drinking or using drugs on the job is one way to try to reduce that rate.

USA Mobile Drug Testing allows companies to outsource any or all of their antidrug activities. Besides testing, USA Mobile Drug Testing offers such services as training supervisors to recognize whether drugs are affecting an employee's performance.

Even if companies only outsource the actual drug testing, McGrew said there are advantages to using a mobile service.

"You can't cheat the test," he said. "Employees don't know in advance when we're going to show up. Plus, they don't have . . . the time away from work they have if they go to a facility to be tested."

USA Mobile Drug Testing does the testing at the workplace — nationally, most of its clients are in the transportation and construction industries, McGrew said — and takes samples to a lab for analysis. USA Mobile Drug Testing contracts with a local lab, but can use any lab its clients prefer.

Unlike most of its competitors, USA Mobile Drug Testing offers services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. McGrew's franchise covers all of eastern Hillsborough County, as well as parts of Polk, Manatee and Orange counties.

For information, call (813) 653-4559 or go to usamdt.com.

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Building is home to law office and refrigerator 're-skinning' business 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:30am]
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