Edited by Kathleen McGinn Spring
New in Town
Entourage, a start-up with new offices on Alexander Road, is promising busy yearbook coordinators a faster, easier to put together yearbook at a price that is a good 30 percent less than that of traditionally produced yearbooks.
The company publishes yearbooks using all-digital technology, and has just purchased a Canon 7000 vp state-of-the-art digital printer on which to turn out its yearbooks. “It’s the first in the area, the latest in digital prints,” says Edward Jo, manager of the company.
Jo, who most recently was the owner of Image Photos, a 20-year-old photo print store that was located at the corner of Witherspoon and Hulfish streets, is the brother of Entourage’s owner, Elias Jo.
The company, says Jo, grew out of a contest his brother entered while studying for his MBA at Columbia. Elias Jo obtained grant money and prepared a business plan around digitally-produced yearbooks.
“He didn’t win the contest,” says his brother, “but he said ‘oh, let’s give it a try.’” The gamble paid off when the first customer — the Columbia Business School — placed an order.
The company now has five employees and has consolidated its Princeton and New York City operations on Alexander Road. Customers range from nursery schools through graduate schools, and include military units.
Entourage supports its clients throughout the process of putting the yearbooks together. “We have a lot of online tools,” says Jo. If there is a problem, Entourage employees, including graphic designers, can walk clients through it online.
Jo says that the price for 100 to 200 48-page full color yearbooks is about $1,295. “Traditional publishers charge two to three times more,” he says. Most of the yearbooks use “perfect” bindings, which is what most magazines now use. This upgrade from traditional binding uses no staples. But other bindings are also available. “We can do the full gamut,” he says. “We can do hard bindings, even leather bindings.”
The company will accept orders of any size, with no minimums. It also creates memoir books for individuals, who typically want only a dozen or so.
While digitally-produced yearbooks have only a small percentage of the market, Judy Jo, Edward’s wife, says that “digital is the wave of the future, just like photos. We’re the yearbook of the future.”
Entourage, 743 Alexander Road, Suite 6, Princeton 08540; 877-289-0473; fax, 800-395-9120. Edward Jo, manager. Home page: www.entourageyearbooks.com.
Flip-Globe LLC, 50 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Suite H, Princeton Junction; 732-207-6955.
Flip Globe, a software consulting, outsourcing, and staffing company, has moved from 613 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction to 50 Princeton-Hightstown Road. The company also offers training in IT skills.
AAA Professionals, Bail Bonds, 1445 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902; 732-940-1400; fax, 732-940-6677. Brian Petrone, director of operations. Home page: www.aaabailpros.com.
AAA Professional Bail Bonds has moved from 2160-A Route 130 to 1145 Route 130. The reason for the move? “Our old building got knocked down,” says a spokesperson.
ABC New Jersey Chapter, 414 Riverview Plaza, Trenton 08611; 609-989-9110; fax, 609-393-9891. Dennis F. Marco, president. Home page: www.abcnjc.org.
The New Jersey Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade association for non-residential builders, has moved its Fords office to 414 Riverview Plaza in Trenton.
Jersey Precast Corporation, 853 Nottingham Way, Hamilton 08638; 609-689-3700; fax, 609-689-3797. Dominic J. Reggimenti, president.
Jersey Precast Corporation, a manufacturer of concrete products, has moved from 1000 Somerset Street in New Brunswick to 853 Nottingham Way in Hamilton. The company can be reached at 609-689-3700.
Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 109 Church Street, New Brunswick 08901; 732-745-8090; fax, 732-745-8098. Chris Phelan, president. Home page: www.mcrcc.org.
The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce has moved from 1 Distribution Way in Monmouth Junction to 109 Church Street in New Brunswick. The chamber can now be reached at 732-745-8090.
Pennington Post, 20 West Franklin Street, Box 703, Pennington 08534-0703; 609-737-3379; fax, 609-737-8126. Mary McGill, editor. Home page: www.penningtonpost.com.
The Pennington Post has left its offices at 20 West Franklin Street. A spokesperson says that the publication is looking for new offices in the Route 31 area.
Suite Six Designs, 119 Highland Drive, Milltown 08850; 732-339-8190. Maria Mattera, president. Home page: www.suite6designs.com.
The graphic design firm moved from Paterson Street in New Brunswick to Milltown and has a new phone number. Among its services are logos, restaurant branding, corporate identity, and printing.
AHM Mortgage, 53 Pennington Hopewell Road, Pennytown, Suite 36, Pennington 08534. Darin Lugat, area manager.
American Home Mortgage filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware, and it is accepting no new loans. However, it provides a customer service number for current loans and says that, for them, it is “fully operational.”
According to its web page, the company has decided to file for bankruptcy “after carefully assessing the sudden adverse impact on the company’s business with respect to its liquidity, due to the extraordinary disruptions now occurring in the secondary mortgage and real estate markets.”
Advanced Medical Resources LLC, 196 Tamarack Circle, Montgomery Knoll, Skillman 08558; 609-688-0193. John Fielding, president.
Advanced Medical Resources, which does conference planning for the pharmaceutical industry, has moved to Virginia but gives no forwarding address.
Arch Electric Supply and Lighting, 21 Commerce Drive, Center Point at 8A, Cranbury 08512; 732-251-2005. Home page: www.arch-electric.com.
Arch Electric Supply and Lighting has permanently closed. It operated a 25,920-square-foot warehouse on Commerce Drive in Cranbury until November.
Biomira U.S.A. Inc. (BIOM), 70 South Main Street, Suite 2 B-C, Cranbury 08512; 609-655-8008. William Reilley, director of manufacturing. Home page: www.biomira.com.
Biomira, a Canada-based cancer and immunology research firm which had an office on South Main Street in Cranbury, has been reincorporated as Oncothyreon, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
Oncothyreon has closed the Cranbury office and no longer does business in New Jersey. The company has offices in Edmonton, Alberta, and Tuscon, Arizona, and can be reached at 452-450-0370.
Wesley S. Caldwell III Law Offices, 224 West State Street, Trenton 08608-1102; 609-396-2000; Wesley Caldwell III, principal. Home page: www.inslawcaldwell.com.
Attorney Wesley Caldwell is no longer in private practice. Caldwell joined the Cherry Hill-based firm of Hagner & Zohlman in early January.
World Pack/DNE World Fruit Sales, 890 Charles Street, Gloucester City 08030; 856-456-7370; John Carapella, principal.
DNE Fruit Sales moved from Georges Road in New Brunswick to the location of its sister company, World Pack, in Gloucester City. Its headquarters is in Fort Pierce, Florida.
DynPro Inc., 7412 Chapel Hill Road, Second Floor, Raleigh 27607; 919-747-7100. Sanjay Jain, president. Home page: www.dynpro.com.
Sanjay Jain closed the Princeton outpost of his North Carolina-based firm last year. It had been located in the shared office space of Regus at 100 Overlook. The company focuses on such technologies as SAP, Java, and dotnet.
eSys Distribution Inc., 118 North Center Drive, North Brunswick 08902; 800-978-3797. Home page: www.esysamericas.com.
The North Center Drive office of the Singapore-based firm closed late last year. The office in California is taking calls. The company distributes IT components.
Bancroft NeuroHealth, Office Center at Princeton Meadows, Suite 2000C, Plainsboro 08536; 609-799-8400; fax, 609-936-9446. Lisa Steinhilber, program director.
Bancroft NeuroHealth has bought the HealthSouth Community Rehabilitation Services of New Jersey location at Princeton Meadows, and changed the emphasis of the organization.
A spokesperson says that, while HealthSouth treated people with all kinds of injuries, and specialized in sports injuries, Bancroft NeuroHealth only treats people with brain injuries. The 38-person facility is headed by program director Lisa Steinhilber.
NGA Group Inc., 20 Timber Ridge Road, North Brunswick 08902; 732-719-4444. Vidyadhar Garapati, CEO. Home page: www.ngagroupinc.com.
California-based Movers.com, an online site providing information related to moving, has merged with the North Brunswick-based software company NGA Group. The deal is the latest acquisition for NGA, which has already merged with several relocation-oriented websites around the country, including USRelocation.com, HomeRenew.com, MovePlanner.com, and PackingMaterials.com.
Movers.com will retain its site and name. NGA CEO Vidyadhar Garapati said the merger will benefit his company by aligning it with a major player in the online relocation market.
NGA, which also works in technology consulting, portal development and maintenance, and database-driven web services..
Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, 100 Nassau Park Boulevard, Suite 111, CN 5301, Princeton 08543-5301; 609-520-0900; fax, 609-452-8796. Ira Miller, managing partner. Home page: www.pralaw.com.
The law firm of Pellettieri, Rabstein and Altman, with offices on Nassau Park Boulevard, has merged with attorney Steven Morland of Lambertville.
Morland, located on North Main Street, has specialized in real estate and land use law for nearly 40 years. The merger, says Neal Solomon of Pellettieri, Rabstein and Altman, gives the firm a presence in Hunterdon County. Solomon will work out of the Lambertville office with Morland.
“This is a great match,” Morland says of the merger. ”
Sovereign Bank (SVRN), 950 Parkway Avenue, Trenton 08618; 609-403-7808; fax, 609-671-0153. Mary McGowan, manager. Home page: www.sovereignbank.com.
Sovereign Bank, 1980 North Olden Avenue, Ewing Shopping Plaza, Trenton 08618.
The Sovereign Bank branch on North Olden Avenue has merged with an existing branch office on Parkway Avenue.
Charles Edward Marks, 91, on March 1. A longtime Mobil employee, he was involved in early shale oil exploration and the development of North Sea oil platforms.
Charles A. Cassaro, 64, on February 28. A Plainsboro resident, he was a vice president at E.F. Hutton for 20 years before taking a job with Solomon Bros.