#b#New in Town#/b#

Igor Gitelman CPA, 2 King Arthur Court, Suite 9, North Brunswick 08902; 732-387-7226.

Accountant Igor Gitelman, who specializes in payroll and tax preparation services, has opened an office in North Brunswick.

L.A. Enterprises, 1 Costco Drive, Monroe 08831; 732-605-9255. Susan Edelman, general manager. www.laenterprises.com

Commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield announced on April 22 that it has leased 372,000 square feet of industrial space surrounding the Exit 8A submarket to L.A. Enterprises Inc., a specialty packaging company.

L.A. Enterprises will operate at 1 Costco Way in Monroe. The company will relocate its headquarters operation to the property from South Brunswick, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Stan Danzig, Jules Nissim, and Noah Balanoff of Cushman & Wakefield’s East Rutherford office, and Frank Caccavo and Jason Goldman of the firm’s Edison office represented landlord Principal Real Estate Investors during negotiations with L.A. Enterprises. Douglas Fura of NAI Farbman and Raymond Musalo of Alliance Real Estate Group brokered the long-term transaction on behalf of the tenant.

L.A. Enterprises is a minority-owned firm that services major retail customers, with an emphasis on the cosmetics industry. “Principal worked closely with L.A. Enterprises to ensure that the building improvements would satisfy their needs for efficient production,” Nissim said in a written statement. “The result expands the company’s operation by some 130,000 square feet.”

Principal developed the site, known as Alovats North, on spec, according to Cushman & Wakefield. The 56.6-acre property sits just off Cranbury South River Road, one mile north of the Exit 8A interchange. Financial terms of the deal were not released.


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton 08619; 609-586-7900; fax, 609-584-6525. Anthony J. Cimino, president and CEO. www.rwjhamilton.org.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton opened a second medical facility in northern Burlington County on Saturday, May 1.

RWJ Medical Associates at Florence, a family practice at 216 East Front Street, is the second medical facility RWJ Hamilton has opened in the county in the past 15 months, as part of its plans to expand south. Last February the hospital opened a state-of-the art Diagnostic and Treatment Center at 1 Sheffield Drive off Columbus Road in Mansfield as part of its outpatient diabetes self-management program.

Future expansion plans under consideration include the first Burlington County location for a Lakeview Child Center and specialty physician practices, according to the hospital.

According to Diane Grillo, senior vice president and chief learning and communications officer at RWJ Hamilton, the hospital has spent $1.5 million on both Burlington County facilities.

PharmaNet (PDGI), 504 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540-6242; 609-951-6800; fax, 609-514-0390. Jeffrey McMullen, president and CEO. www.pharmanet.com

Generic drugmaker PharmaNet has added three people its Phase IV development team. The company has hired Ron Weishaar as executive director of observational research; Mike Nelson as executive director of health economics and outcomes research; and Ken Ashman as executive director of European operations.

PharmaNet’s Phase IV division advises healthcare industry clients on post-approval safety and commercialization issues.

Weishaar, a 30-year veteran of drug discovery and development holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s in chemistry from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Michigan.

He previously served as a senior vice president in the geriatrics research division of Omnicare Clinical Research, and as a researcher for Coromed and Parke-Davis.

Nelson has worked in the field of health economics for nearly 20 years, starting as a clinical program manager for Diversified Pharmaceutical Services in 1992. Since 1999 he has worked as vice president of outcomes research for various Princeton-area biotechs, including Ingenix, i3 Innovus, and Covance.

He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Ashman, who once worked at PharmaNet, returns after five years. In 2005 he worked as PharmaNet’s associate director of clinical operations, before joining PRA International as director of project management. From 2008 until April he served as senior director of project management at Covance.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Carrigar., 743 Alexander Road, Suite 9, Princeton 08540; 609-514-0900; fax, 609-514-0226. Jivan Coelho, president. www.carrigar.com

Carrigar, firm that imports promotional items such as canvas and nylon bags, aprons, and leather items, has moved its offices from Roszel Road to Alexander Road.

MI Hummel, 3705 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 105, , Hamilton 08619; 800-366-4632. www.mihummel.com

M.I. Hummel, maker of collectible porcelain figurines, has moved from Pennington to Hamilton as a result of a split with Germany-based Goebel.

Goebel, which produced Hummel figurines for decades, discontinue production in October of 2008, announcing in a statement that it would “focus its resources on the company’s home accessory brands.” As a result of that decision, Goebel ceased operations here and Hummel moved from its Route 31 site.

Hummel figurines are now produced in Germany by Rodental, a company formed in February, 2009.

Sheldon Designs Inc., 315 Cranbury Road, Princeton Junction 08550; 609-683-4388; fax, 609-683-5976. Andrew Sheldon, president. www.SheldonDesigns.com

Andrew Sheldon has moved his design business, which offers mail order plans and blueprints for cabins, cottages, pole barns, and sheds, across Princeton Junction to Cranbury Road.

Talent Development, 1378 Route 206, Skillman 08558; 609-945-3983; fax, 609-945-3908. www.talentdev.us/art.

Talent Development, which provides after-school academic programs in art instruction and other support services for home-schoolers, has moved from Tamarack Circle to Route 206.

Tricore Inc., 117 North Gold Drive, Suite 5, Second Floor, Robbinsville 08691; 609-918-2668; fax, 609-918-2664. Dave Fried, CEO. www.tricoreonline.com

#b#Leaving Town#/b#

Aggie Perilli Communications International, 132 South Main Street, Pennington. www.aggieperilli.com

Management and marketing communications consultant Aggie Perilli has left her office in Pennington. She now operates at 166 Federal Way in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and can be reached at 717-327-5019.

CareGain Inc. (FISV), 103 Morgan Lane, Plainsboro..

CareGain, a healthcare software development firm based in Plainsboro, is gone from New Jersey.

The firm was sold to Fiserv in 2006 and then to Canopy Financial in 2009. Canopy, which debuted at No. 12 in the Inc. magazine 500 list as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the world, folded last November amid accusations of massive fraud.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the numbers reported by Canopy were wildly inflated, and the SEC stepped in last fall.

CareGain assets have been sold to a Nebraska firm, PayFlex, which has moved the company out of New Jersey. PayFlex can be reached at 800-284-4885.

Corporate Addressing Services (CAS), 12 Stults Road, Dayton. Edward M. Cenkner Jr., proprietor.

Corporate Addressing Services, a printshop and mail services provider, has left its location on Stults Road. Ed Cenkner, founded the company in 1992.

Correctional Medical Services, 830 Bear Tavern Road, West Trenton.

Correctional Medical Services, which provides health and medical services to prison inmates, has left its offices on Bear Tavern Road in West Trenton and no longer conducts business in New Jersey.

The firm can be reached at its St. Louis headquarters at 12647 Olive Boulevard, Suite 400, St. Louis, MO, 63141-6345.

#b#Out of Business#/b#

Focus Architecture, 3 Tree Farm Road, Pennington. Thomas S. Townes, senior principal.

Architect Thomas Townes has closed Focus Architecture, a five-person firm on Tree Farm Road that he founded in 2006.

Townes said that the economy got the better of the business and that he will set out for a new direction.

Architecture firms in general have suffered noticeably since the economy took a downturn in the late summer of 2008. Most firms in the Princeton area have lost employees over the past 18 months.

The area’s top five firms in terms of staff size in 2009, CUH2A on Lenox Drive, RMJM on Alexander Road, Michael Graves on Nassau Street, Spiezle on Sanhican Drive in Trenton, and Minno & Wasko of Lambertville, have reported a combined 150 fewer employees as of March.

Focus started in 2006, when Townes and longtime collaborator Dan Balto wanted to diversify themselves after working for an organization specializing in the education market.

Focus turned its K-12 educational, residential, commercial, and retail.

At the time, Townes told U.S. 1 that some early projects generated a good startup cash flow and that he had hoped to grow the firm to between 10 and 20 people. Anything larger, he said, would have strained the firm’s ability to stay with more personalized service.

Townes received his bachelor’s in architecture from Virginia Tech and once ran the New Jersey office of the Thomas Group (acquired in 2002) in Forrestal Village. The acquisition, he said, compelled him to think about starting his firm.

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