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January 15, 1995|By Deidre Nerreau McCabe

Car rental firm hires Weinberg Harris for ads

U-Save Auto Rental of America Inc. has selected Weinberg Harris & Associates Inc. for advertising and marketing for the national car rental company.

Based in Hanover, Md., U-Save oversees the operation of 485 franchises and a fleet of 12,000 vehicles.

Weinberg Harris and Associates, based in Baltimore, serves a variety of clients, including Advanced Business Systems, SCM Chemicals and Fairlanes Inc.

Marriott International to open S. Carolina center

Marriott International Inc. will open a regional food service distribution center this summer in Fort Mill, S.C., the Bethesda-based company said.

The 90,000-square-foot center, 12 miles from Charlotte, will provide products and services to customers in North Carolina, ,, South Carolina and Georgia. The center will employ about 75 people.

The Fort Mill center is the latest step in Marriott's plan to expand food service distribution business nationally. The company operates centers in Savage, Md., Los Alamitos and Milpitas, Calif., Port St. Lucie, Fla., Hanover Park, Ill., Westborough, Mass. and Edison, N.J.

Marriott International, a hotel management company, employs about 170,000 worldwide.

BWI partnership offering a new guide

The BWI Business Partnership Inc., a nonprofit association of employers, has published a new guide, "Getting Around," which includes a detailed map and listing of services in and around Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The partnership, which promotes businesses and economic development in the BWI business district, developed the guide to make it easier for travelers and others to find transportation services, restaurants, hotels, universities and other attractions in the area.

To obtain copies or for additional information, call the BWI Business Partnership, at (410) 859-1000.

Clifton Gunderson opens Greenbelt office

Clifton, Gunderson & Co. has opened offices in Richmond and Greenbelt.

The 30-year-old firm, which has had offices in Baltimore since 1982, opened the Greenbelt office to gain better access to its federal government practice in Washington. The Richmond office will help fulfill a new audit contract with Virginia's Medicaid Program, said Susan Kodek, marketing coordinator for the Baltimore office.

Partner H. Terry Hancock, who runs the Baltimore office, has been named partner-in-charge of the Mid-Atlantic Client Service Center, which includes the two new offices and Baltimore.

Clifton, Gunderson & Co., a Peoria-based CPA and consulting firm, employs about 700 people in 40 offices in 10 states.

Physicians group changes its name

Chesapeake Physicians, P.A., a nonprofit professional association, has changed its name to Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, P.A., to better reflect its association with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The association, which operates primary-care practices in Dundalk, Middlesex, North Point and Riverside, has 175 full-time and 130 part-time doctors and 400 full- and part-time support employees as members.

Optelecom wins fiber optic contract

Optelecom Inc., a Gaithersburg company specializing in fiber optic communications, received a contract for $595,000 from Transdyn Controls Inc. for work on a Boston road project. Transdyn is a subsidiary of Houston-based Powell Industries Inc.

Dr. William H. Culver, chairman of Optelecom, said the company will produce fiber optic communications equipment for surveillance in the new tunnel to be built in Boston.

Optelecom, which employs 60 people, works on fiber optic projects for the defense industry and commercial clients. Dr. Culver said traffic management projects will become a greater part of its business, possibly as much as 25 percent this year.

The company makes fiber optics systems that connect electronic equipment.

Medicine-On-Time hires Reeves Agency

The Reeves Agency, a Baltimore-based advertising, marketing and

public relations firm, will provide advertising and public relations services for Medicine-On-Time, a Baltimore-based company that designs, manufactures and markets multiple-dose packaging systems for prescriptions.

The Reeves Agency, established in 1976, serves a variety of clients, including Conair Corp., NeighborCare Pharmacies Inc. and the Preakness Celebration '95.

MicroCarb licenses ear infection vaccine

MicroCarb Inc. has licensed a vaccine to guard against the common ear infection, the leading infectious disease for infants and children.

The Gaithersburg-based company announced that its licensing agreement with Pasteur Merieux Serums et Vaccins S.A. requires the French company to begin clinical trials on the vaccine in 1995. Trials will be performed on American and European children.

V.M. Esposito, chairman and CEO of MicroCarb, said the vaccine works against one of three infectious strains of bacteria causing otitis media, the common ear infection. The strain causes about 30 percent of all ear infections treated in this country, he said. The company will continue its work developing vaccines for the other two strains.

Even if trials for the vaccine begin next year as planned, the vaccine probably will not be available for widespread use for another five to six years, while research and clinical trials continue, Dr. Esposito said.

Gray Kirk/VanSant wins three awards

Gray Kirk/VanSant, a Baltimore advertising agency, received three awards in the ShowSouth advertising competition sponsored by The Creative Club of Atlanta.

It won for a television commercial for the Baltimore Opera, an outdoor billboard for the Maryland Science Center and a humorous ad for the Mid-Atlantic Beer and Food Festival.

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