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COMPANY NOTES

COMMUNICATION

Communication Solutions, an issues management, public involvement, marketing and media relations company, has opened at 14502 N Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 224, Tampa.

CONSTRUCTION

Bollenback Builders Inc., 3784 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, has announced the following contract: Morton Plant Mease Health Care Systems, build an outpatient care center at Westchase, 27,400 square feet, $2.5-million. Bessolo Design Group Inc. in St. Petersburg is the architect.

CONSULTING

Wade-Trim, an engineering consulting company at 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, has announced the following contracts: Florida Department of Transportation District 7, design U.S. 98 from North Suncoast Parkway to U.S. 19 in Hernando and Citrus counties, $7.5-million; city of Port Richey, design final phase of Bike and Hike Trail and Federal Emergency Management Association flood damage assessment and remediation project; and Polk County, prepare countywide recreational master plan.

HEALTH

RMS/InterRec therapy and fitness center has opened at 2685 Ulmerton Road, Suite 210, St. Petersburg. The center is a joint venture of Integrated Corporate Health Resources Inc. in St. Petersburg, which provides preventive health care and fitness programs, and Rehab Management Systems Inc. in Lakeland, which operates hospital-based and outpatient rehabilitation centers.

INSURANCE

Stahl & Associates Insurance Inc., 8200 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, has merged with the commercial lines business of Jerger & Sons Inc. in Pinellas Park.

LEGAL

Walker, Harrington and Cheatham has opened at 5536 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

JurisStaff, a company that places lawyers with businesses and law firms, has opened at 11300 Fourth St. N, Suite 200, St. Petersburg.

Douglas L. Hilkert moved his law office to 2557 Nursery Road, Suite A, Clearwater.

Wharrie and Albers has moved to 5503 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

MANUFACTURING

Sloss Industries Corp. in Birmingham, Ala., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walter Industries Inc. in Tampa, has acquired Fibrex Inc. in Alexandria, Ind.

MARKETING

Amherst Marketing Associates Inc., 5300 W Cypress St., Suite 155, Tampa, has been selected by Design Data Systems to create advertising, direct mail, trade show materials and Web site development for the company's Oracle-based Enterprise Solutions software.

MISCELLANEOUS

Brassie Golf Corp., 201 N Franklin St., Suite 200, Tampa, has acquired Miller Golf Inc., a supplier of golf accessory products in Rockland, Mass.

The Lionshare Group Inc., a food and hospitality holding company at 2909 Bay to Bay Blvd., Suite 204, Tampa, has been acquired by Standard Brands of America Inc. (SBIA:Nasdaq) in Olathe, Kan. Lionshare said the agreement is a reverse merger in which Lionshare Group will be the controlling company. When the merger is complete, the publicly traded company will trade as Lionshare Group Inc. Lionshare also announced it plans to open a Ragin' Ribs restaurant at the Howard Johnson Motel on Busch Boulevard in Tampa.

Ring Rent, a division of Ringhaver Equipment Co. in Tampa, has opened a Caterpillar Rental Store sales and service office at 14300 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

Universal Sign Corp., 5818 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, has announced a $2.5-million contract with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit to build and install 100 bus shelters in Hillsborough County.

PROFESSIONAL

VA Medical Center at Bay Pines received a Gold Zone Award at the fourth annual School-to-World Conference in Orlando for its involvement with Pinellas Regional Partnership School-to-Work Initiative.

REAL ESTATE

The Sembler Co., 5858 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, has announced the following lease transactions: Beall's Outlet Stores, 1520 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 12,000 square feet; Wild Birds Unlimited, 1520 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 2,546 square feet; H&R Block, 801 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, 2,625 square feet; Maui Tacos, 1100 Hammond Drive, Atlanta, 2,100 square feet; Jan's Hallmark, 3446 Winder Highway, Oakwood, Ga., 4,025 square feet; Coast Dental, 1825 N Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 2,100 square feet; E-Z Rent-To-Own, 3441 13th St., St. Cloud, 3,000 square feet; and St. Petersburg Times, 3130 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 5,920 square feet.

STAFFING

C.H. Heist Corp., 810 N Belcher Road, Clearwater, announced that its staffing services subsidiary Ablest Service Corp. has acquired Milestone Technologies Inc. in Tempe, Ariz.

TECHNOLOGY

Tech Data Corp., 5350 Tech Data Drive, Clearwater, has been selected as distributor for digital printing systems by Konica Computer Products, a division of Konica Business Technologies Inc. in Windsor, Conn.

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