#b#Contracts Awarded#/b#

Michael Graves & Associates Inc., 341 Nassau Street, Princeton 08540; 609-924-6409; fax, 609-924-1795. Karen Nichols AIA, managing principal. www.michaelgraves.com

Trenton-based Capital Health Systems has hired architect and designer Michael Graves to design elements for the hospital’s coming Hopewell campus.

According to Capital Health, Graves has designed hospital beds and furniture for patient rooms and commons areas. He also will create artwork exclusive to the Hopewell campus — Capital Health’s $530 million project set to open by the end of next year on Scotch Road.

Graves will also design an outdoor garden space for patients and visitors. According to CHS, it will consist of wisteria flower and lattice structures that will provide shade.

#b#New in Town#/b#

Constangy Brooks & Smith, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton 08540; 609-357-1180. Robert Bernstein, manager.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in labor and employment law, has a Princeton office.

The Princeton office, one of 20 for the firm, is headed by Robert Bernstein, who also runs Constangy’s St. Louis office. A 27 year practitioner, Bernstein has represented multinational and domestic corporations in employment litigation and counseling matters.

The Princeton office has one other attorney, Phillip Lipari, who earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University, and was the editor of a law journal.

Kingston Title Agency, 4422 Route 27, Building B, Box 112, Kingston 08528; 609-683-9270; fax, 609-683-9274. William Kays, president. www.kingston-title.com

Kingston Title Agency, which provides title insurance and closing services for residential real estate transactions, has opened on Route 27.

The company is headed by William Kays, who first entered the banking and mortgage business in 1980 with Cenlar FSB. Since then he has served in various executive roles in numerous mortgage and title firms. He holds a bachelor’s in marketing and management from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia in 1980.

Securitas Security Services USA, 825 Georges Road, North Brunswick 08092; 732-729-0600; fax, 732-729-0616. Melinda Skarupsky, business development manager. www.securitasinc.com

Securitas, a national firm that manages security professionals, has opened an office in North Brunswick.

The company provides vehicle and foot patrol and inspection services, reception services and employee/visitor badging, transportation, parking coordination, security console operations, and security escort services.

WorkFlow One, 7 Costco Drive, Monroe 08831; 732-561-8207. Michael O’Laughlin, plant manager. www.workflowone.com

WorkflowOne, a provider of print management, marketing, and distribution services, has opened a production and distribution facility at Exit 8A.

The Cranbury facility measures nearly 200,000 square feet and is managed by Michael O’Laughlin. According to the company, the site will offer wide-format printing capabilities starting in the spring of 2011.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick 08901-1903; 732-246-7469; fax, 732-247-4005. Mark Jones, president and CEO. www.statetheatrenj.org

After nearly a year State Theater announced its permanent replacement for former president and CEO Wes Brustad, who announced his retirement in January. Mark Jones will take over for Brustad, and will be the fifth person to hold the post, beginning on January 3.

Jones has spent more than three decades working in the arts. Most recently he spent three years as executive director of Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. He also has been executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts and of the Jose Limon Foundation in New York.

#b#Expansions#/b#

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), 211 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540-6213; 609-524-4500; fax, 609-524-4501. David Crane, president and CEO. www.nrgenergy.com

NRG Energy took yet another step toward expanding its alternative energy goals with a four-year, $450 million investment into San Jose-based SunPower. The two companies recently announced plans to build a 250-megawatt solar ranch in San Luis Obispo County. According to SunPower, the plant will have the capacity to power about 100,000 homes. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2011.

NRG will take ownership and financing responsibilities for the project, with SunPower being the developer and operator.

Rue Insurance, 3812 Quakerbridge Road, Box 3006, Hamilton 08619-0006; 609-586-7474; fax, 609-586-3991. William Rue, president. www.rueinsurance.com

William Rue has merged his Hamilton-based insurance firm with Bittner & Carton Agency of Keyport, which will now operate as a division of Rue Insurance.

Rue is one of the largest privately owned regional insurance agencies in New Jersey, and one of the oldest. Founded in 1917 by Rue’s grandfather, Charles, it is now a fourth-generation firm. William Rue is the third generation owner of the firm, which sells personal and business insurance. William Jr. joined the firm just a few years ago.

William Sr. joined the family business in 1969, right after he graduated from Rider. He became president 24 years ago.

Bittner & Carton was founded in 1961 by James Carton. The agency primarily focused on the property and casualty insurance needs of families and businesses in the greater Keyport and Eastern Monmouth County area. The combined companies will insure roughly 13,000, Rue said.

#b#Downsizing#/b#

Heartland Payment Systems (HPY), 90 Nassau Street, Second Floor, Princeton 08542; 888-798-3131; fax, 609-683-3815. Robert Carr, CEO. www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com

Heartland, which processes credit and debit card and payroll, will close its Johnson City, Tennessee, facility, losing 140 to 160 employees there next year. According to the company, the layoffs will occur in phases from January 5 through April 15.

The company also said that Johnson City employees will be allowed to apply for jobs in Heartland’s Jeffersonville, Tennessee, facility.

The closure of the Tennessee plant comes on the heels of Heartland’s announcement that it would hire as many as 1,000 new salespeople. The company employs about 3,400 nationally.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Telesto Group LLC, 1060 State Road, Suite 102, Princeton 08540; 609-375-2748; fax, 609-375-2001. Julie Hastrup, operations partner. www.telestogroup.com

Computer consulting firm Telestro Group has moved its offices from Airport Place to State Road. The eight-year-old company specializes in SAP consulting.

#b#Deaths#/b#

John Eros, 87, on December 1. A CPA, he became a partner with J.H. Cohn, which has an office in the Carnegie Center.

Michael Loyack, 74, on November 30. A longtime fund development professional, he worked for several organizations, including Princeton Medical Center. He also served as the mayor of Lawrence Township.

Charles Richardson, 82, on November 30. He was a professor at Rider University since 1967.

Sherm Cooper, 85, on November 30. He owned Cooper Cycle Ranch on Route 33 in Hamilton.

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