Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

September 28, 2006

Maryland: Litigation

EEOC files suit against Wal-Mart

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for allegedly violating the American with Disabilities Act at its Abington store. The EEOC accuses Wal-Mart of failing to accommodate and then firing Glenda D. Crocamo, a longtime pharmacy technician, because of a disability resulting from a gunshot wound. Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley said he has not seen the suit and could not comment on it. But he said Wal-Mart does not tolerate discrimination.

Hanah Cho

Defense

AAI receives Air Force pact

AAI Corp., a subsidiary of United Industrial Corp., received a $14 million contract from the Air Force to supply maintenance trainers to bases with C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Hunt Valley-based AAI, better known for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles that conduct battlefield surveillance, already supports 27 maintenance training devices at three Air Force bases and an Air National Guard unit with C-17 squadrons.

Allison Connolly

Regulation

Visicu gets patent affirmation

Visicu Inc., the Baltimore company that develops monitoring systems for remote care units, said yesterday that it has received a certificate of re-examination from the U.S. Patent Office reaffirming its patent. The patent had been challenged by rival iMDsoft Inc. of Needham, Mass. Kristin Yakimow, Visicu's vice president for marketing, said the action confirmed that Visicu's system represented a patentable idea and defined the patent in a way that matches Visicu's current system.

M. William Salganik

Manufacturing

Research facility set for Frederick

A Boston company says it will build a facility in Frederick to supply mice for research at the National Cancer Institute laboratory at Fort Detrick. Charles River Laboratories International Inc. said money for the new building will come from a $111.6 million contract from the NCI. Charles River, which has provided contract workers for NCI for 12 years, said the new building will house 80 workers after it is completed in 2008.

Associated Press

Good Humor adds to Hagerstown line

Good Humor-Breyer's Ice Cream, Inc., a division of Unilever, said yesterday that it has added a production line and 38 full-time workers at its Hagerstown plant. The company had 477 employees in Hagerstown before the expansion, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. The $7 million project also included improvements to the company's wastewater treatment plant. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development assisted the company with a $100,000 loan.

Associated Press

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