In Business

IN BUSINESS

August 02, 2008

Alliances

*Athena Environmental Services Inc. and Aurora Analytics LLC formed a distribution alliance under which Athena will be global supplier for Aurora's G-mark product line. G-mark products help detect alcohol use based on natural metabolites the body produces when alcohol is ingested. They are used in applications including law enforcement, employment screening and testing of racehorses. Both companies have been affiliated with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Tech Center's incubator program.

Closing

*The Beechtree Golf Club in Aberdeen will cease operations at the end of 2008, its owners announced. The golf course will remain open until late November and the restaurant will continue in service until late December. The owner, James F. Knott Realty Group, plans to redevelop the property into housing.

Contracts

*Barb Clapp Advertising and Marketing was named public relations agency of record for the Hilton Baltimore's grand opening this fall.

*Northrop Grumman Corp. was awarded a three-year, $5.2 million contract by the U.S. Office of Naval Research to develop a sensor payload for use on unmanned aerial drones.

Mergers

*Vericom Technologies, a 10-year-old Columbia company that provides technology to manage vehicle fleets and mobile workers, is merging with two other companies in the same field, Intergis LLC and NovaTracker LLC. The deal is being backed by Columbus Nova LLP, an asset management firm in New York. The combined company, to be called Intergis, will operate under both the Vericom and Intergis brand names and be based in New Jersey.

New business

*The Clothing Warehouse, which specializes in reselling used clothing from the 1970s and 1980s to young adults, opened at 1211 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The store is owned by Mark Sincevich and Linda Petursdottir.

On the board

*Deborah H. Diehl, a corporate lawyer at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLC in Baltimore, has been chosen for a three-year term on the board of United Way of Central Maryland.

*Jesus "Nano" Sierra, director of risk management for Constellation Energy Group, has been named board chairman of The League for People with Disabilities in Northeast Baltimore. He has been the group's secretary. Joining the board are Lori D. Frazier, vice president at Susquehanna Bank in Owings Mills, and Erin Young, advertising director at The Daily Record.

*Carol G. Cooper, of the firm Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC, was named family law committee chair for the Bar Association of Baltimore City.

Real estate

*Citi Trends, a family-apparel retailer based in Savannah, Ga., leased 14,000 square feet of space in the Northwest Plaza Shopping Center in Baltimore. Northwest Plaza is a strip center anchored by Kmart and Food King.

Relocation

*Maryland Chemical Co. completed the move of its distribution center from Russell Street in downtown Baltimore to 3310 Childs St., in the Fairfield neighborhood. The company and 20 employees relocated to make room for the Gateway South redevelopment project. Maryland Chemical serves food and beverage processors, water and wastewater treatment agencies, bioscience and general industry.

Retail

*Several new stores have opened in The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson, including Azura Clothing Co., bluehouse and Fells Point Surf Co. It is the second location for all three businesses; Azura was started in Rehoboth, Del., bluehouse's other location is in Harbor East and Fells Point Surf Co. is also in Fells Point.

*Towson Town Center announced the following new tenants: Bose, the audio equipment producer; LUSH, which sells bath products; and apparel retailer BCBG Max Azria. All are scheduled to open during the fourth quarter.

Technology

*Barcoding Inc. of Baltimore said it has released a new product called CaptureTech RFID Interpreter, which allows companies to input radio frequency identification data into any Windows-based computer application. It said the product can allow RFID coding to be read in less than one minute with existing software.

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