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Cyanamid, Berlitz, Newfields
The cows at the corner of Route 1 and Quakerbridge Road
have apparently found a buyer. A German chemical company, BASF, offered
to pay American Home Products more than $3.8 billion for American
Cyanamid’s Agricultural Products Division. Also bidding in this auction
were Bayer, Dow Chemical, and Sumitomo Chemical.
American Home Products is getting rid of its agricultural business
so it will be a more attractive merger partner. BASF, now the 9th
largest agro-chemical company would be in the top three. It will use
the Cyanamid marketing force to introduce its own crop-protection
products. The Quakerbridge Road site, American Cyanamid’s global headquarters
for agricultural and biological research, has about 700 employees,
including 100 who work for another division of AHP.
(AHP), Quakerbridge Road, Box 400, Princeton 08543-0400. Mark
W. Atwood, president, global agricultural products research division.
609-716-2000; fax, 609-275-5234. Home page: www.cyanamid.com.
The CEO of Berlitz, Hiromasa Yokoi, is retiring effective
June 30, and the Alexander Road-based company with more than 320 language
centers and publishing and translation operations in 34 countries
is restructuring into two entities, Berlitz Language Services and
The former company will do language instruction, franchising, cross-cultural
training, and ELS Language Centers and will be steered by Mako Obara,
president and CEO. GlobalNET will do language-related document management,
software localization, translation, and interpretation services, with
James Lewis as president and CEO.
Yokoi has been vice chairman, CEO, and president since 1993. James
Kahl will take the post of vice chairman and report to Soichiro Fukutake,
chairman. Also retiring are Henry D. James, executive vice president
and CFO, to be replaced by Robert Minsky. David Horn is leaving as
vice president of human resources and administration. About 150 people
are employed at the Alexander Road headquarters.
Princeton 08540. Hiromasa Yokoi, CEO. 609-514-9650; fax, 609-514-9675.
Home page: www.berlitz.com.
Geostatistics are what an engineer can use to evaluate
environmental data when the litigation isn’t going your way. Newfields
Inc., a company experienced in the art of using geostatistics, has
opened an office at 103 Carnegie Center. Christopher Finley is in
charge, and Commercial Property Network was the broker.
Newfields is known for strategic environmental management and litigation
support. "We’ve been very successful in reducing Fortune 500 company’s
environmental liabilities through the use of geostatistics," Finley
says. Based in Atlanta, the firm also does environmental consulting
and engineering and property divestment and acquisitions. Its Fortune
500 clients are most often the petrochemical and chemical firms.
Founded in 1985, Newfields also has offices in Dallas, Sacramento,
and Denver. Bill Hall, the co-founder, is a former partner at the
prominent environmental consulting firm, Dames & Moore. Shahrokh Rouhani,
the technical guru, formerly taught at Georgia Tech. Rouhani wrote
the training manual on geostatistics for the American Society for
Finley grew up in Berkeley Heights, where his mother taught school
and his father was a vice president of Lord & Taylor. He studied civil
engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, Class of 1990. After
working for the city of Rochester as an engineer, he went to small
New Jersey consulting firm and then managed the Handex office in Morganville.
"Geostatistics helps to determine the spatial relationship of
environmental data," says Finley. "One way to apply it is
to determine the background levels versus actual areas of discharge."
For instance, if a smelting plant is discharging pollutants, the engineers
could determine what metals (arsenic? chromium?) are coming from the
smelting plant versus what was already in the ground. "We determine
whether there was a pathway to the responsible party," he says.
Ordinary cases can last from two to five years, but cases run longer
when people claim that an exposure has resulted in adverse health
effect. His projects include "potable well impacts" (whether
a manufacturer has polluted area wells) in New Jersey, Connecticut,
and Massachusetts. "We negotiate and manage high liability cases
where there has been an impact on potable drinking water," he
Princeton 08540. Christopher Finley, associate. 609-514-1010; fax,
609-514-0055. Home page: www.newfields.com.
1 C, Belle Mead 08502. Eric Belove, president.
After the firm was acquired by LCI Communications in Manhattan, Eric
Belove closed his marketing firm in Hillsborough. "LCI Communications
is a well-known meetings and events planning firm, and we have become
LCI’s new media division," says Belove. He can be reached at 212-937-1006.
at Educational Testing Service.
registrar for the health department of Princeton Borough.
with American Cyanamid.
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