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Life in the Fast Lane

This articles were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on

March 3, 1999. All rights reserved.

Every year about this time jobs go on the line at Princeton

Plasma Physics Laboratory while Congress decides how much it will

cut from the fusion research budget. This year not only will there

be no layoffs, but the budget will increase, from $50.3 million to

$59 million.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, Democratic Congressman Rush

Holt, and Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen visited the

lab last week to celebrate the successful start-up of the National

Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), designed to study the principles

of plasma, the hot gas that fuels fusion energy. Holt is the lab’s

former assistant director, and Frelinghuysen has supported the research

as a member of the subcommittee on appropriation energy and water.

The fusion process involves combining hydrogen atoms to make helium

in a very hot gas — an environmentally safe and inexpensive power

source. The magnetic fusion energy concept that NSTX represents is

being billed as less expensive and more versatile than previous efforts.

Magnetic fields confine the energy-producing hot plasma — shaped

like a sphere with a hole in its center, hence the name spherical

torus. What needs to be tested is the torus’ ability to confine higher

plasma pressure for a given magnetic field.

NSTX was designed and constructed jointly by PPPL, the Oak Ridge National

Laboratory, Columbia University, and the University of Washington

at Seattle. Scientists hope fusion research will improve computer

chips, develop "cold" pasteurization of liquids, streamline

automated textile manufacturing, result in electrostatic atomization

of liquids and powder droplets for painting and firefighting, and

produce new ideas on using plasma for satellite positioning.

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Free Training,

No Catches

Some years ago Ananth Raman had a secretary who could

never work a few minutes late to finish a difficult task because she

had to get to her evening job. She could not feed her family on only

one job.

Now Raman and his business partner Naru Narayanan are setting up a

computer center to provide free training for those in low-wage jobs.

"We think there is a glass ceiling in place in service level jobs

that do not require technology skills," says Tim McNamara, director

of finance at International Software Consulting (ISC). "We would

like to help people improve their employment situation, and for those

who have been displaced from the workforce either voluntarily or involuntarily,

we want to provide them the skills to reenter the work force."

Free? There must be a catch. Surely this is a scheme to recruit workers

for the Thanet Circle-based business. Or a way of recruiting tuition-paying

students for a new training center.

No, says McNamara: "We have no intention of becoming a training

facility and no intention of hiring those we train." International

Software Consulting has 150 employees, and all but 10 are working

at such prestigious client locations as MasterCard in St. Louis, Cigna

in Philadelphia, and WalMart in Arkansas — ISC is the single largest

provider of IT workers to WalMart. Such clients need programmers with

at least three years experience, not those who have completed one

training course. "Their vistas may open up, but they don’t necessarily

become attractive employees to us," says McNamara.

"We see a gap between people filling service jobs, at $10 to $12

an hour, and those who can get $30,000 a year because they can use

Word or PowerPoint." says McNamara. "We want to provide those

types of basic skills, maybe to people in the workforce, or to the

unemployed, underemployed, or maybe have a disability. We see that

as a way to help the Princeton community, not as a way to get programmers

for WalMart."

ISC’s only ulterior motive might be that its trainers would learn

something that could be applied in classes at customer locations.

"To the extent that we become better educators, we can take that

to the marketplace," says McNamara. A large part of managing projects

is coming into an organization, asking questions, and providing training.

"We can make a lot of training mistakes with the people we are

giving free training to."

Two full-time professional trainers, plus 12 computers set up in a

400-square foot room, plus textbooks and all the software programs

— all this will cost $200,000 in the first year. Classes will

be offered during regular work day and also, intensively, starting

at 6 p.m., and also on Saturdays. Two people will work in a team on

one computer. "They keep each other moving," he says, "and

when you team slow with fast they move along at an average rate. We

are looking for people that are motivated."

Both partners had worked abroad. "They saw how difficult it is

to do business outside the United States, and how very few regulatory

obstacles the United States presents. And there are few limitations

on talent," says McNamara. "It made them grateful.

Raman has two undergraduate degrees from Bombay University: a BS in

commerce (Class of 1976) and a BS in law. In India, Raman worked for

Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and Eureka Vacuum Cleaners, and in Canada

for MathTech. Narayanan, an engineer, had worked for Tata, India’s

largest IT firm for 13 years, most recently as director of marketing

for the Chicago office. He was marketing director for Burroughs in

Europe and was an IT consultant to Cigna when he started the company

in 1994, when revenues were $700,000. He hired Raman in 1996, when

revenues climbed to $3 million. Revenues were $18 million last year

and projected for $30 million in the current year.

The firm works on both a time and material and a project basis for

clients in 23 states and Barbados. It has less than five percent annual

turnover, which McNamara says is unheard of in the IT industry. "That

more than anything reflects our company."

ISC has not tried to take tax credits for a donation. "There is

no benefit to setting up a charitable organization," says McNamara,

an alumnus of La Salle, Class of ’83, with an MBA from Temple. "Any

successful company has a special skill and should be willing to share

that skill. We can watch the stock market rise. We can buy new houses,

but at the end of the day if you want to feel good about your organization

you will do good things for your customers that will be good for you

as well. When you do good things, good things will come of it."

International Software Consulting, 100 Thanet Circle,

Suite 300, Princeton 08540. Ananth Raman, partner. 609-921-6338; fax,

609-921-6359. Home page:

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Triangle Expands

For a while the Nassau Street retail scene looked like

it was going to be a cavalcade of coffee shops and clothing stores.

But business has always been lurking in the background and now an

information age service center has stepped up to one of the prime

locations directly across from Princeton University.

Bill Howard moved his franchise operation of the Triangle chain from

Hulfish Street to bigger quarters, 1,600 square feet, directly on

Nassau Street. It is located next to P.J.’s Pancake House, in the

store formerly occupied by Ricchard’s Shoes, which has combined its

men’s and women’s operations. Triangle is a complete copy service

that offers stats, binding, dry mounts, offset, circuit negatives,

blueprints, color copying, plus Western Union services.

The open house is next Wednesday, March 10, from noon to 8 p.m.

Triangle Reprocenter, 150 Nassau Street, Princeton

08542. Bill Howard, president. 609-924-4630; fax, 609-683-9653. E-mail:

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New in Town

ACE Audiovisual, 11 Deer Park Drive South, Suite

100, Monmouth Junction 08852. Michelle Edwards, manager. 732-355-0355;

fax, 732-355-9494. Home page:

The presentation products distributor/contractor, — projectors,

plasma screens, and videoconferencing systems — sales, service,

and rental

ProLogis, 1 Capital Drive, Cranbury Business Park

Suite 103, Cranbury 08512. Michael Nachamkim, market officer, vice

president. 609-409-2120; fax, 609-409-1565. Home page:

The largest owner and operator of warehouse and warehouse distribution

centers has opened a tri-state headquarters in Cranbury Business Park.

Based in Denver, this is the first operation in New Jersey and will

be more than two million square feet.

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Crosstown Moves

American Freightways Inc., 878 Georges Road, Monmouth

Junction 08852. Al Lush, manager national accounts. 732-821-7200;

fax, 732-821-9297. Home page:

The sales office for this LTL motor carrier moved from 241 Forsgate

Drive to Monmouth Junction last year. It is based in Harrison, Arkansas.

Doolan Realty, 1194 Parkway Avenue, Ewing 08628.

Peter Doolan, president. 609-883-5660; fax, 609-883-5970.

The residential and commercial real estate firm, formerly a Century

21 company, moved from Grand Avenue in Ewing.

Independent Child Study Teams Inc., 500 Horizon

Drive, Suite 570, Robbinsville 08691-1907. Alan Greg Norcott, regional

director. 609-584-1114; fax, 609-584-8301.

This instructional service provider has moved from 1800 Route 33 Hamilton

Square to 500 Horizon Drive, Robbinsville. Based in Jersey City, and

founded nearly 20 years ago, Independent Child Study Teams (ICST)

was acquired by Baltimore-based Sylvan Learning Systems in 1997. As

the largest provider of educational services in the country, ICST

aims to provide students in non-public schools the same services available

to children in public schools, says Alan Greg Norcott.

Norcott obtained his doctorate in education from Rutgers in 1979,

and worked for the State Department of Education for 16 years. He

was also involved in Mercer County Special School Systems.

The types of services provided include instructional services in reading,

math, home instruction, speech, and English as second language; diagnostic

services; and nursing services. Providing these services to non-public

schools was made mandatory in 1977 and currently nearly 5,000 students

have access to these services. Independent Child Study Teams have

contracts with school districts that allow them to provide their services

through the schools in their districts.

Interact Multimedia, 1100 Cornwall Road, Suite

5, Monmouth Junction 08852. Jeff DiBartolo, president. 732-940-6550;

fax, 732-940-6540. Home page:

Interact Multimedia moved from Dayton to Cornwall Road last year;

it does new media development, advertising, web development and design,

CD-ROMs, screen savers, and trade show kiosks. Jeff DiBartolo earned

his BFA in advertising design from the College of New Jersey, Class

of 1988, and worked for a small new media shop, one of the few such

companies at the time. His clients include Philips Lighting, Warner

Brothers, Advil, Spelling Entertainment, Bellcore, and — for Budweiser

— a frog screen saver. Demos are available at the home page.

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Leaving Town

IntegraTech, 5300 Derry Street, Harrisburg 17111.

Joseph K. Stankevitch, president. 800-213-8904; fax, 717-561-4494.

IntegraTech has moved its administrative offices from 7 Center Drive,

Jamesburg to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a more central location for

operations control. Technicians in New Jersey operate from their homes.

This is the administrative office of a warranty callback service for

builders of new homes, with national headquarters in Harrisburg, formerly

known as ProHome Inc.

Intelitek, 143 William Street, South River 08882.

Les Kacev, president. 732-254-6050. Home page:

Intelitek, otherwise known as Esched Science and Technology, has moved

from 445 Wall Street in Research Park to South River and has a new

phone number. It offers software, equipment, and training on theory,

programming and use of robots and computer integrated manufacturing,

demo kits, and 3-D data collection.

Knitting Concepts Inc., 24 A Forge Street, Jamesburg

08831. Derek Fairey, owner. 732-521-4488; fax, 732-521-2117.

The weaving business that started with such promise 10 years ago has

left town or otherwise downsized. The company has no listing in directory

assistance, and the owner has an unlisted telephone number and could

not be reached.

Derek Fairey, the founder, grew up in Leicestershire, the weaving

center of England, and comes from a long line of weavers. He immigrated

to the United States in 1979 and started his own firm 10 years later

when he bought his first computerized knitting machine and set it

up in a garage (U.S. 1, May 6, 1992). At one point he had 27 looms,

making knit fabric for sweaters from raw material yarn.

Office Interiors South, 6 Berry Drive, Hainesport

08036. Steve Lang, general manager. 609-394-8121; fax, 609-396-6049.

Home page:

The office furniture store has moved from 658 Whitehead Road to south

Jersey and has a new fax and phone, 609-702-5882; fax, 609-702-5889.

It offers office furniture, design, order management, inventory management,

carpeting, painting, and refurbishment, and it is an authorized Steelcase

and HON dealer.

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Management Moves

Environmental Resources Management Inc., 300 Phillips

Boulevard, Suite 200, Ewing 08618. Richard J. Dulcey, branch manager.

609-895-0050; fax, 609-895-0111. Home page:

Richard J. Dulcey PE has replaced Andrew Huggins as manager of the

New Jersey office of this global environmental, health, and safety

consulting firm. He has degrees in chemical engineering from Villanova

and managed the Superfund Cost Recovery Group for the federal Environmental

Protection Agency.

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Name Changes

Century Small Business Solutions, 321 Wall Street,

Princeton 08540. Thomas H. Judge, president. 609-924-9073; fax, 609-924-7946

Comprehensive Business Services has changed its name. It offers bookkeeping,

consulting and tax services, and is an accredited tax preparer.

Maselli Warren PC, 600 Alexander Road, First Floor,

Princeton 08540. Paul J. Maselli Esq., partner. 609-452-8411; fax,


Formerly known as Maselli Warren & Lanciano, this law firm has changed

its name and now has two attorneys.

Monarch Electric Supply Company, 1527 Livingston

Avenue, North Brunswick 08902. William Olson, branch manager. 732-249-1616;

fax, 732-249-1981.

Van-Doren Johnson Company has changed its name.

Staffing Alternatives, 211 College Road East, Princeton

08540. Pat McGrath, vice president of operations. 609-452-0022; fax,

609-452-0212. Home page:

The personnel agency specializing in office support was formerly known

as Alternatives in Temporary Services.

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Gertrude L. Burleigh Zboray, 80, of Hamilton, on February

20. She retired as vice president for Commercial Trust Company and

later worked for Clancy Paul Computers, Princeton.

Jorge Davila 58, on February 25. He worked for Princeton

Regional Schools and the Hun School.

Mario F. Cifelli, 50, on February 25. He worked for Bristol-Myers

Squibb and for Pitney Bowes.

Barbara Bass Findley, 51, on February 25. She worked for

Princeton Regional Schools.

Robert "Chris" Adair III, 47, on February 27.

He worked for Credit Suisse and for Mellon Bank.

Thomas J. Welch, 47, on February 27. He was vice president

of sales for Universal Process Equipment on Route 130 South in Robbinsville.

Lillian M. Cole, 56, on March 1. She was an administrative

assistant at Mobil Oil Corporation.

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