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March 18, 2009

Foulger-Pratt gets APG center contract

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $49.5 million contract to Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC of Rockville to design and construct a command headquarters for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The three-story, 142,525-square-foot facility will serve as headquarters for about 600 employees involved in planning, testing and assessing artillery, vehicles and equipment for the nation's armed forces. The project is tied to BRAC, the nationwide military base realignment that is bringing about 10,000 jobs to Harford County.

Mary Gail Hare

Under Armour to outfit USA Football

Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. said yesterday that it has become the official outfitter of USA Football, the sport's national governing body for youth and amateur levels. Under the agreement, Under Armour will provide apparel for more than 100 USA Football events every year, including a series of youth football coaching schools, officiating training sessions and three-day youth camps. Under Armour also holds exclusive rights to outfit USA Football's 2009 Junior National Team.

Andrea K. Walker

Vertis appoints Allen as CEO

Baltimore-based Vertis Communications appointed Quincy L. Allen yesterday as the advertising and marketing company's chief executive officer, effective April 6. Allen, a longtime executive of Xerox Corp., was president of the document management and printing company's global business and strategic marketing group. Vertis completed a so-called prepackaged bankruptcy last fall, allowing it to merge with its former competitor, American Color Graphics. The company recently closed a printing plant in Belcamp in Harford County, laying off 105 workers.

Hanah Cho

Amazon sued over Kindle patent

SILVER SPRING : Discovery Communications Inc. says the Kindle electronic book readers from Amazon.com Inc. violate a patent that Discovery registered in 2007. Discovery sued Amazon in Delaware yesterday. Discovery spokeswoman Michelle Russo said the company is seeking "fair compensation" through damages, future royalty payments and legal fees but will not seek an injunction stopping sales of the Kindle. An Amazon.com spokeswoman declined to comment. Discovery runs the Discovery Channel.

Associated Press

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