In Business

In Business

December 22, 2007

Acquisitions

Columbia-based Fortress International Group, holding company for Total Site Solutions, a planner, designer and developer of mission-critical facilities, acquired Rubicon Integration LLC of McLean, Va., for $4.5 million in cash, 200,000 shares of common stock and $3.5 in contingent promissory notes.

Phillips Edison & Co., a Baltimore-based community shopping center operator and developer, purchased Airport Village Shopping Center in Pottstown, Pa.

Discovery Communications, the Silver Spring-based media company, acquired HowStuff- Works, an online source of explanatory material. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The John O. Mitchell family, owners of Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home of Rodgers Forge, bought Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for an undisclosed amount from the founding Armiger family.

Alliances

ACE*COMM Corp., headquartered in Gaithersburg, and Russian IT consulting firm Compulink subsidiary Ascate Ltd. formed an alliance to jointly offer business support solutions and advanced operations support systems, including provisioning, activation, collection and mediation solutions.

Certifications

Frank Gumpert Printing, a regional printing house based in Annapolis, has been certified in two environmental programs, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Contracts

General Dynamics Robotic Systems, based in Westminster, has received a $40 million subcontract from Northrop Grumman Corp. for work on the flats sequencing system mail sorter for the Postal Service.

New clients

Lawrence Howard & Associates said the Owings Mills advertising, marketing and public relations agency added as clients North Oaks, a senior living community in Pikesville; GreenConnected, a Columbia online business profiler; and the Maryland chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

On the board

The Fuel Fund of Maryland named to its board Joni Daniels, an organizational development and management consultant, and Dr. Michael A. Erdek, a member of the faculty of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Openings

Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. opened a branch at 1829 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

Mark Dees and Ed Shrader opened a Fitness Together Studio personal training franchise at 1756 York Road in Lutherville.

Organizations

The Little Italy Restaurant Association elected Mary Ann Cricchio president, Terry Coffman first vice president and Maria Vaccaro as secretary/treasurer.

Relocation

Hertzbach & Co., a regional accounting and business consulting firm, moved its headquarters to 800 Red Brook Blvd. in Owings Mills.

Imre Communications moved its Baltimore-area office from Towson to a new 15,000-square- foot location at 909 Ridgebrook Road in Sparks.

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